Russian Federation won the gold medal of men's ice hockey at PyeongChang Olympics Sunday afternoon with a dramatic overtime victory over Germany.
As has been protocol for the entire Olympics, instead of the Russian flag being displayed and Russian national anthem being played, the Olympic flag and Olympic anthem are in their stead.
Altogether 168 Russian athletes including the ice hockey players were deemed "clean" and allowed to compete as neutrals in Pyeongchang, despite the suspension of Russia's national Olympic committee.
Ice Hockey - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Final Match - Olympic Athletes from Russia v Germany - Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung, South Korea - February 25, 2018 - Olympic Athlete from Russia Nikolai Prokhorkin and team mates Kirill Kaprizov and goalie Vasili Koshechkin sing after winning the gold medal.
After weeks of chafing under International Olympic Committee rules that barred them from criticizing the doping sanctions or wearing Team Russia uniforms, the hockey players ended the Olympics on a note of defiance.
"We sang because we are Russian people and when you win, your country's anthem plays", he said.
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"It means a lot". That was my dream for when I was five years old, when I started playing. Hopes for a Russian comeback were dimmed when just five seconds after the go-ahead goal, former New Jersey Devils player Sergey Kalinin received a two-minute penalty for tripping, leaving the OAR team shorthanded with a one-goal deficit with just two minutes left in the game.
Aus den Birken had denied Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk on a point-blank save with his left pad after Kovalchuk deked Aus den Birken to the ice with about 13:30 left in OT.
In between, humanity's most extraordinary feats of winter athletic prowess unfolded, revealing the expected triumphs but also stars most unlikely - from favorites like Mikaela Shiffrin, Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn to sudden surprise legends like Czech skier-snowboarder Ester Ledecka and the medal-grabbing "Garlic Girls", South Korea's hometown curling favorites. Gusev finished as the Olympic tournament's points leader with four goals and eight assists. They made a good run for gold before finishing with runner-up silver.
The Germans had punched above their weight to get to the final, beating hockey powerhouses Sweden and Canada, and they were not about to quit with the gold medal on the line.
"With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us", Bach said. But here we are. "The boys are going to bring silver home and they should be very proud of that".