Sochi Olympics 2014: Day 16 Recap, Final Day Schedule and How to Watch

Since America went an entire day without success, let's celebrate the exit of a legend. - Richard Heathcote

All but three events are complete, and in a final push the hosts went over the top.

And just like that, the Americans lose the medal lead and, trailing the Russians by two, pretty much cannot possibly get it back. There are only three medal events left; one of those is a pipe dream, the Russians are poised to also medal in another, and the third... well, the third is hockey, so forget that now.

Upshot: Russia is going to win the medal count on their home field, but they're just barely going to do it. The question now for Team USA is whether they can hold onto second with Norway lurking just one medal behind them. The top five:

COUNTRY G S B TOTAL
Russia 11 10 8 29
United States 9 7 11 27
Norway 11 5 10 26
Canada 9 10 5 24
Netherlands 8 7 9 24

Results:

Alpine Skiing:

MEN'S SLALOM
GOLD Mario Matt Austria 1:41.84
SILVER Marcel Hirscher Austria 1:42.12
BRONZE Henrik Kristofferson Norway 1:42.67

Over a third of the entrants didn't even complete the first run. Ted Ligety was in sixth after the first run, but wiped on the second and goes down as a DNF, along with fellow American David Chodounsky. Nolan Kasper was thus the only USA finisher, coming in 13th.

Biathlon:

MEN'S 4x7.5k RELAY
GOLD Alexey Volkov
Evgeny Ustyugov
Dmitry Malyshko
Anton Shipulin
Russia 1:12:15.9
SILVER Erik Lesser
Daniel Boehm
Amd Peiffer
Simon Schempp
Germany 1:12:19.4
BRONZE Christoph Sumann
Daniel Mesotitsch
Simon Eder
Dominik Landertinger
Austria 1:12:45.7

Team USA's Lowell Bailey finished the first leg in fourth place, just five seconds off the podium, having hit all 10 shooting targets without a miss. Russell Currier then set up at the prone targets... and only cleared two of the five, taking eight shots to even get that far. That cost Team USA three 150m penalty laps, and two minutes of time. Sean Doherty and Lief Nordgren weren't able to make up any of that lost ground, and the three biathletes combined gave up over five minutes to the Russians by the time the race was over. Team USA finished in 16th, the last team to record a time (three other teams were lapped and eliminated).

As bad as that was for the Americans, a career ended in the sporting version of tragedy. The legendary Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, holder of 13 Olympic medals, 8 of them gold, a man who has been a medal-winning fixture in the winter games for five Olympiads, ended his winter games career as crossed the finish line of the third leg and handed off a two-second lead over the Germans to Emil Hegle Svendsen. The Norwegians had taken out all 30 targets on 31 shots to that point, and it looked like Bjoerndalen's career was going to end with a fourteenth medal, and possibly even a ninth gold.

Svendsen needed six shots to clear the prone station, and the lead shrunk to a half second. Then on the way to the next range, Svendsen gave up that lead to the Germans, pulling into the blocks trailing by a second... and only took out four of his five targets on eight shots, forcing him to take a penalty loop. That cost Norway 42 seconds... and a medal, as the Russians and Austrians passed Svendsen while he was skiing the extra 150 meters.

Bobsled:

MEN'S FOUR-MAN (heats 1-2)
1 Alexander Zubkov
Alexey Negodaylo
Dmitry Trunenkov
Alexey Voevoda
Russia 1 1:50.19
2 Oskars Melbardis
Daumants Dreiskins
Arvis Vilkaste
Janis Strenga
Latvia 1 1:50.23
3 Maximillian Arndt
Marko Huebenbecker
Alexander Roediger
Martin Putze
Germany 1:50.35
4 Steven Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
Steven Langton
Chris Fogt
USA 1 1:50.36

Tight, tight, tight. USA 2 (Nick Cunningham, Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn, and Dallas Robinson) currently sit 11th.

Cross-Country:

LADIES' 30k MASS START
GOLD Marit Bjoergen Norway 1:11:06.2
SILVER Therese Johaug Norway 1:11:07.8
BRONZE Kristin Stoerner Steria Norway 1:11:28.8

Norway throws themselves back into the thick of the race for the top with a sweep. Elizabeth Stephen led the USA contingent, finishing 24th; Holly Brooks and Kikkan Randall were 27th and 28th, and Jessica Diggins came in 40th.

Curling:

All events completed.

Figure Skating:

All events completed.

Freestyle Skiing:

All events completed.

Ice Hockey:

MEN'S BRONZE MEDAL GAME
Finland 5-0 USA

A scoreless first period gave way to goals 11 seconds apart from Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen just a minute and a half into the second. Patrick Kane had not one but two chances to score on penalty shots and missed; he also blew it on two separate breakaways. Those failures made the third period all the more awful, as Selanne scored again along with Jusso Hietanen and Olli Maatta. Mikael Granlund, Jori Lehtera, and Lauri Korpikoski each had a pair of assists for the Finns, and for the seventh time since Lake Placid, Team USA goes home without even medaling.

Luge:

All events completed.

Nordic Combined:

All events completed.

Short Track:

All events completed.

Skeleton:

All events completed.

Ski Jumping:

All events completed.

Snowboard:

LADIES' PARALLEL SLALOM
GOLD Julia Dujmovits Austria
SILVER Anne Karstens Germany
BRONZE Amelie Kober Germany

There were no Americans in the Olympics in this event.

MEN'S PARALLEL SLALOM
GOLD Vic Wild Russia
SILVER Zan Kosir Slovenia
BRONZE Benjamin Karl Austria

American Vic Wild wins his second gold medal this week... for the Russians. Real American Justin Reiter was disqualified during the qualification run.

Speed Skating:

MEN'S TEAM PURSUIT
GOLD Jan Blokhuijsen
Sven Kramer
Keon Verweij
Netherlands 3:37.71 (OR)
SILVER Hyong Jun Joo
Cheol Min Kim
Seung Hoon Lee
Korea 3:40.85
BRONZE Zbigniew Brodka
Konrad Niedzwiedzki
Jan Szymanski
Poland 3:41.94

Poland defeated Canada for the bronze. Norway topped Russia for fifth, and Team USA (Brian Hansen, Jonathan Kuck, Joey Mantia) beat France for seventh.

LADIES' TEAM PURSUIT
GOLD Marrit Leenstra
Jorien Ter Mors
Ireen Wust
Netherlands 2:58.05
SILVER Katarzyna Bachleda-Curus
Katarzyna Wozniak
Luiza Zlotkowska
Poland 3:05.55
BRONZE Olga Graf
Yekaterina Lobysheva
Yuliya Skokova
Russia 2:59.73

In their semifinal win over Japan, the Dutch finished in 2:58.43, which was a new Olympic record. They then broke it again in their win over Poland in the gold medal race. Russia actually posted a better time than Poland as they knocked off Japan for the bronze, Canada defeated Team USA (Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson, and Jilleanne Rookard) in the fifth-place race, and Norway beat Korea for seventh.

Looking ahead:

Here's today's schedule. ALL events are available live via streaming at NBCOlympics.com, so long as you're a customer of a participating cable, satellite or FIOS provider. All times Central. Medal events listed in BOLD.

DELAYED BROADCAST INFO: The following tags apply to the listed time windows on your local NBC station:

We are down to only three events remaining:

NBC Daytime 1:00pm-5:00pm
NBC Primetime 7:30pm-10:00pm
(replayed 11:00pm-1:30am)

Note that Daytime is again extended, but Primetime is shortened and Latenight is gone. Farewell, half-hour snippet.

Bobsled:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S FOUR-MAN (heat 3) 3:30am NBCSN NBC Daytime USA 1:
Steven Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
Steven Langton
Chris Fogt
USA 2:
Nick Cunningham
Justin Olsen
Johnny Quinn
Dallas Robinson
MEN'S FOUR-MAN (heat 4) 5:00am NBCSN NBC Daytime USA 1:
Steven Holcomb
Curtis Tomasevicz
Steven Langton
Chris Fogt
USA 2:
Nick Cunningham
Justin Olsen
Johnny Quinn
Dallas RobinsonX

Cross-Country:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
MEN'S 50k MASS START FREESTYLE 1:00am none NBC Daytime Noah Hoffman - Torin Koos
Kris Freeman - Brian Gregg

Ice Hockey:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV Match
MEN'S GOLD MEDAL GAME 6:00am NBC PROPER 4:00pm, NBCSN Canada-Sweden

Closing Ceremonies:

Event Time (CT) Live TV Delayed TV USA Participants
SOCHI 2014 CLOSING CEREMONIES 10:00am none in the USA NBC Primetime Everyone, duh.
Flagbearer: Julie Chu
(women's hockey)

Very little detail regarding the content of the closing ceremonies has been leaked so far. The Korean contingent will be providing violins as part of the cultural hand-off, but details regarding which (if any) popular entertainers familiar to an American audience may appear are still under lock and key. It's safe to say that these ceremonies will probably resemble Turin and Beijing much more closely than Salt Lake City, Vancouver, or London.

IF YOU INTEND TO WATCH TAPE-DELAYED COVERAGE, DON'T LOOK AT THE COMMENTS AFTER 11pm. YOU HAVE BEEN DULY WARNED.
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