Men ice hockey team from RussiaReuters
The triumph of Russia’s ice hockey team was extraordinary, especially given the fact that the best players weren’t able to play because they weren’t allowed to take off from their NHL season games. With a 4-3 win over Germany, this gold medal victory was the first Olympic final in 20 years for Russia’s “Red Machine,” which lost the gold medal game to the Czech Republic at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
Alina ZagitovaAlexander Vilf/Sputnik
The 15-year-old Alina Zagitova made her debut at the Olympics, conquering hearts across the globe with her brilliant routine in the women’s individual competition. Her performance in the long program earned a score of 239.57 points, putting her ahead of teammate and main competitor, Evgenia Medvedeva (238.26), as well as Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond (231.02). Alina also won silver in the team competition.
Evgenia MedvedevaAlexander Vilf/Sputnik
Medvedeva’s astounding performance will be long remembered by both spectators and judges, but it wasn’t enough to beat her younger teammate, Zagitova. Earlier in these Olympic games, Medvedeva set world records in the women’s short program and won a silver medal in the team competition.
Figure skating team from Russia, L-R: Mikhail Kolyada, Evgenia Medvedeva, Alina Zagitova, Evgenia Tarasova & Vladimir Morozov, Natalya Zabiyako & Alexander Enbert, Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri SolovievVladimir Pesnya/Sputnik
Nikita TregubovValery Sharifulin/TASS
While Nikita Tregubov finished 6th at his Olympic debut in Sochi 2014, in these current winter
By the way, this is the third Winter Olympics in a row when Russian men won medals in
Alexander Tretyakov took bronze at the 2010 Vancouver games, and gold at Sochi in 2014.
L-R: Andrey Larkov, Alexander Bolshunov, Aleksey Chervotkin and Denis SpitsovVladimir Astapkovich/Sputnik
In cross-country skiing, OAR made Russian fans happy by achieving the impossible. Young skiers (born between 1989 to 1996) Aleksandr Bolshunov, Aleksey Chervotkin, Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov came second, only 10 seconds behind Norway.
Alexander Bolshunov (R) and Denis SpitsovReuters
These two skiers are the Games' heroes for Russia, earning a total of seven medals. But Norway came first in the men’s team sprint.
Alexander BolshunovRamil Sitdikov/Sputnik
Russia’s fourth Olympic medal on the last day of competition – bronze in this race – was won by Andrey
After earlier having received a silver medal in another category, 21-year-old Alexander Bolshunov accomplished another feat, taking home the bronze while losing the silver by just 0.2 seconds to Italian Federico Pellegrino.
Denis SpitsovHendrik Schmidt/Global Look Press
At the same time, another 21-year-old, cross-country Russian skier, Denis Spitsov, earned his second Olympic medal in the 15 km freestyle race, again making Norway nervous.
L-R: Natalia Nepryaeva, Yulia Belorukova, Anastasia Sedova, Anna NechaevskayaAlexey Filippov/Sputnik
Following the success of the men, young Russian lady skiers – Yulia Belorukova, Anna Nechaevskaya, Natalia Nepryaeva and Anastasia Sedova – managed to beat everyone except Norway and Sweden.
Yulia BelorukovaAlexey Filippov/Sputnik
Before getting her bronze in the team event, 23-year-old Russian beauty Yulia Belorukova won third place in the women’s sprint, only giving up first and second to the omnipotent skiing powers of Norway and Sweden. “This night I didn’t sleep alone; my bronze was with me,” Yulia wrote after the race on Instagram.
While Sochi 2014 star Viktor Ahn wasn’t allowed to participate in these current Olympics, his teammate, Semion Elistratov, who took gold in Sochi for the 5,000 meters relay, now came third, losing by split seconds to South Korean and Dutch athletes.
Natalya VoroninaAndrei Golovanov/TASS
Sochi’s winner of two golds, Olga Graf, wasn’t invited to PyeongChang despite being confirmed
Three neighboring countries – Ukraine, Russia and Belarus – made their fans stare at the TV with fingers crossed as they fought in the freestyle final for a medal, and there were even two athletes from Russia. Unfortunately, Pavel Krotov fell on his final trick, letting Chinese Jia Zongyang
Sergey RidzikRamil Sitdikov/Sputnik
The 25-year-old Ridzik only recently began skiing freestyle, and already in 2015 he was twice a World Cup medalist. Shortly before the Olympics, he was seriously injured, displacing two vertebras, but he managed to recover for the Games.
Andrey LarkovFei Maohua/Global Look Press
Russian skiers won two medals in this competition – Alexander Bolshunov took silver, while Andrey Larkov earned the bronze.
Alexander Krushelnitskiy and Anastasia BryzgalovaAlexey Filippov/Sputnik
This was the first time when curling mixed doubles
But soon after the bronze medal was on Alexander Krushelnitskiy’s neck, officials claimed that
A range of Russian athletes, including Maria Sharapova, had doping problems in the past because of
The Olympics are over so it's time to start preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. Here's our guide to the host cities so you can make the most out of your trip to Russia.
If using any of Russia Beyond's content, partly or in full, always provide an active hyperlink to the original material.