SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Canada won its fourth straight women's Olympic hockey title, breaking Thursday's pattern of first-time winners on the slopes and ice of the Sochi Games.
Down 2-0 in the final period, the Canadians rallied to force overtime, and then won it on Marie-Philip Poulin's power play goal 8:10 into the extra period. It marked the fourth time the two North American powers have met for the gold. The U.S. won only the sport's inaugural Olympic title in 1998.
Elsewhere, it was a day of firsts.
France swept the podium in the men's skicross, claiming all three medals in a Winter Games event for the first time; Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first Olympic gold in women's figure skating; Canada won its first gold medal in women's curling; and Maddie Bowman of the US won gold in the debut of women's halfpipe skiing.
Also, perennial Winter Games power Norway won the Nordic combined team competition — and its games-leading 10th gold medal.
On Day 14 of the Sochi Olympics, a Ukrainian skier withdrew from competitions in response to the deaths of dozens of anti-government protesters in her country.
"I don't want to participate when in my country people die," Bogdana Matsotska told The Associated Press.
FIGURE SKATING: The 17-year-old Sotnikova's victory dropped defending champion Yuna Kim into second place. Julia Lipnitskaia, the Russian sensation with the weight of a nation on her 15-year-old shoulders, again fell during her routine and ended up fifth. Carolina Kostner of Italy took bronze. The Russians have won three figure skating gold medals at the Sochi Olympics: team, pairs and women's. Only the women's was a surprise.
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