Russians Slide To Gold, U.S. Takes Bronze In 4-Man Bobsled

The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, celebrate after winning gold during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday. i i

hide captionThe team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, celebrate after winning gold during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday.

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The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, celebrate after winning gold during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday.

The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, celebrate after winning gold during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, on Sunday.

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Russian's four-man bobsled team took gold on the final day of the Olympics hosted by their nation, with the U.S. pulling a bronze at the event and Canada's team escaping unscathed from a harrowing crackup.

USAToday says:

"In the third heat, [Russian bobsled pilot Alexander] Zubkov separated himself from [the] field, Latvia-1 pilot Oskars Melbardis stayed in second and USA-1 pilot Steve Holcomb leapfrogged Germany-1 pilot Maximilian Arndt and that's how the podium stacked – with impressive history made."

"Zubkov won in a four-heat time of 3 minutes, 40.60 seconds, becoming just the sixth person to win four-man and two-man gold in the same Olympics."

"Melbardis missed out – by nine-hundredths of a second – on giving Latvia its first gold medal in Winter Olympics history, but he will take silver, and Holcomb, who held off Russia-2 pilot Alexander Kasjanov by three-hundredths of a second, snuck in for bronze."

The team from Canada CAN-3, with Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell, slide down the track upside down after crashing in turn sixteen during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday. i i

hide captionThe team from Canada CAN-3, with Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell, slide down the track upside down after crashing in turn sixteen during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday.

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The team from Canada CAN-3, with Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell, slide down the track upside down after crashing in turn sixteen during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday.

The team from Canada CAN-3, with Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell, slide down the track upside down after crashing in turn sixteen during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday.

Dita Alangkara/AP

The medals were determined a day after Canada was eliminated in a harrowing crash that basically flipped their sled in the second run of the event. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

The Daily Mail says:

"The Canada 3 sled turned over on its side as it entered a corner and slid down the Sanki Sliding Center track out of control."

"Fortunately, pilot Justin Kripps and team members Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell escaped serious injury and were able to leave the crash scene without assistance."

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