Sochi Olympics 2014: What to watch for on the final day

Harry How

The Winter Olympics conclude on Sunday with three more medal events on the schedule. Here's what to watch for.

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It's been a long, massively entertaining journey these past two weeks, but at some point the 2014 Winter Olympics have to end. That end comes on Sunday, when the closing ceremony takes place, the Olympic flame is put out and the world turns its attention to Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Before that happens, we still have three more events, and thus three more gold medals to hand out. One of those competitions is the men's hockey showdown between Canada and Sweden. Here are the top events to watch for on the final day of the Sochi games.


This event closes with the men's 50km mass start, scheduled to begin at 2 a.m. ET. Norway and Sweden have been utterly dominant in cross-country this year, racking up a combined 22 medals. Don't expect much from Team USA here -- the Americans have yet to get on the podium in cross-country and that probably won't change on the final day.


The four-man teams start their final runs at 4:30 a.m. Russia holds the lead after the first two runs, with Latvia just 0.04 seconds behind. They are followed by the German and American teams, with the U.S. trying to land a fourth bobsledding medal this year.

Ice hockey

Canada and Sweden clash for the last gold medal that will be handed out in Sochi. The Canadians are looking to defend their Vancouver gold, while the Swedes try to get their first medal in hockey since winning the gold in Turin in 2006. This game starts at 7 a.m. and can be seen live on NBC. Team USA finished this year's tournament with a thud, getting blown out by Finland in the bronze medal match and going home without a medal.

Closing ceremony

And now we bid a fond farewell to the Sochi games. After the athletes come marching into the stadium in unison, Russia will hand the keys over to South Korea, who will host the games in Pyeonchang four years from now. South Korea will be handed a special version of the Olympic flag and put on an artistic performance as a tease for its own opening ceremony. After that, the Olympic flame gets extinguished and the long countdown to 2018 begins.

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