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South Korea filing complaint over figure skating results

South Korea is protesting the results of the women’s figure skating event after their star athlete, Yuna Kim, earned silver behind Russian teenager Adelina Sotnikova.

In a letter protesting the decision, the South Korean Olympic Committee said biased judging was to blame.

Much of the uproar over the women’s free skate centres on what many perceived as a lack of artistry in Sotnikova’s program. Yet her marks were comparable or better than those for the highly artistic Kim. Her technical marks were significantly better.

The mistake

Judges penalized Sotnikova just 0.9 for this mistake, where she steps out of a jump early. Kim made no such mistakes. A detailed analysis on The Wire suggests Italy’s Carolina Kostner was also judged with prejudice: she finished far behind Sotnikova despite skating flawlessly and completing the same number of triple jumps.

The spread

The unusual distance between scores for Sotnikova and Kim has also garnered some attention since the Russian finished 18 points higher than she ever earned, finishing with 149.95 compared to 144.19 for Kim.

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Four medals and more: what happened on (a busy) Day 14 in Sochi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXPxytH0rmE

Men’s hockey semi-final

Canada is going for gold after beating the U.S. 1-0 in a game that lived up to all the hope and hype. Team Canada plays Sweden on Sunday for all the marbles.

Gold and silver in women’s ski cross

Marielle Thompson took gold, Kelsey Serwa silver in a clear victory on the ski cross course.

Teammate Georgia Simmerling fell in her quarter-final and failed to advance.

Gold in men’s curling

Canada defeated Great Britain with a decisive 9-3 victory.

Canada arrived in Sochi as the favourites after winning gold in 2010 and 2006. They have never finished worse than silver since the sport returned to the Olympics in 1998.

Sweden took bronze with a 6-4 win over China.

Bronze in short-track speed skating

Men’s 500m: Charle Cournoyer wins bronze; Olivier Jean was eliminated in his quarter-final heat. Charles Hamelin, the defending Olympic champion, fell in an earlier heat and did not advance.

Women’s 1000m: Valerie Maltais falls in the semi-final and won’t have a shot at a medal;  Marie-Eve Drolet is out after quarter-final.

Men’s 5000m relay: Canada, the defending champions, did not qualify after falling in the semi-finals.

Alpine Skiing, Women’s Slalom

Quebec’s Marie-Michele Gagnon finished out of the medals. She has been battling a shoulder problem since falling in the Super Combined last week.

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Team Canada will play for gold after winning 1-0 over U.S.

Team Canada's celebrates their win over Team USA February 21, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Canada advances to the gold medal final on Sunday where they take on Sweden. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Team Canada’s celebrates their win over Team USA February 21, 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Canada advances to the gold medal final on Sunday where they take on Sweden. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Get our full game story here. 

Canada put in an absolutely dominant defensive performance to advance to the gold medal game, frustrating and limiting the Americans top offensive players by keeping them mainly to the outside late in the game. At even strength, portions of the third period looked like a Canadian power play, as the team’s NHL superstars played keep away with the puck. Canada has now allowed just three goals in five games all tournament and will be the favourite in Sunday’s final against injury-ravaged Sweden.

In the second period, Canada’s pressure paid off early, with the U.S. blueline looking overmatched as a wide open Jamie Benn tipped in a Jay Bouwmeester shot for the game’s first goal. It was a good example of Canada’s edge in this game, with their depth giving the Americans a difficult time on both the fore-check and back-check. Overall, the second was close the rest of the way, setting up an incredible finish in the final 20 minutes.

The first period was played at an unbelievably high pace, with none of the trapping hockey Canada has run into previously in the tournament. After an even first 10 minutes, Canada had the better chances, but both goaltenders were excellent to keep the game scoreless after 20. Carey Price was in goal for Canada; Jonathan Quick for the U.S.

Now that Team Canada is headed to the gold-medal game, who’s getting up for 7 a.m. beers? In Toronto, bars have been given the green light to serve.

NBC is expecting record online viewership for this game, after nearly 800,000 people watched an Internet live stream of the United States’ 5-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

Canadian coach Mike Babcock’s optimism going into the game paid off:

I’m pumped. We’re starting to look like a team and be like a team and you’re organized like a team and you feel comfortable because you’re not running around trying to do a million things. It’s great.

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Hockey fans get creative in cheering on Team Canada

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Canada, U.S. space agencies make tasty bet over men’s hockey game

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Infographic: The dope on Olympic drug testing at Sochi

Doping is back in the news today as a German biathlete tested positive for a stimulant.

During the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the International Olympic Committee will conduct in- and out-of-competition tests on approximately 2,000 out of the 3,000 athletes participating in the games.

They will be testing for performance enhancing drugs on the Prohibited Substances List, such as anabolic agents (steroids) and peptide horomones/growth factors (erythropoietin or EPO), published by the World Anti-Doping Agency and in accordance with the Olympic Code.

Here is a breakdown of the tests:

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JOHN SOPINSKI/THE GLOBE AND MAIL
SOURCES: INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE; ASSOCIATED PRESS; BBC

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Charle Cournoyer takes bronze in 500m short-track speed skating

Charle Cournoyer of Canada, right, celebrates his third place finish with a team member following the men's 500m short-track speed skating final. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)

Charle Cournoyer of Canada, right, celebrates his third place finish with a team member following the men’s 500m short-track speed skating final. (Bernat Armangue/The Associated Press)

Charle Cournoyer of  Boucherville, Que., wins a bronze medal in men’s 500m short track speed-skating.

Olivier Jean was eliminated in his quarter-final heat. Charles Hamelin, the defending Olympic champion, fell in an earlier heat and did not advance.

At 22, Cournoyer is the youngest member of the Canadian squad, and is skating in his first Olympics.

Charle Cournoyer skates past Freek van der Wart of the Netherlands who crashes out during the men's 500 metres short-track speed skating quarter-finals. (David Gray/Reuters)

Charle Cournoyer skates past Freek van der Wart of the Netherlands who crashes out during the men’s 500 metres short-track speed skating quarter-finals. (David Gray/Reuters)

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Canada golden in men’s curling with commanding victory over Britain

Team Canada men's curling Team celebrate their gold medal win. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Team Canada men’s curling Team celebrate their gold medal win. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Final score: 9-3

Another curling gold for Canada.

Brad Jacobs’s team took a commanding 8-2 lead after six ends. Britain scores one in the seventh, missing a final chance to get back into the match.

By that point it would have been incredibly difficult for two-time world champion David Murdoch to come back.

The Canadians has a solid lead at the break, despite Britain scoring one in the fifth.

A steal in the fourth allowed skip Brad Jacobs to extend his team’s lead over two-time world champion David Murdoch.

Jacobs drew for three in the third:

Canada began with a strong first end, scoring two. Britain responded in the second with a single point.

Team Canada men's curling team Ryan Harnden delivers Canada's first rock as E.J. Harnden and Ryan Fry sweep. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Team Canada men’s curling team Ryan Harnden delivers Canada’s first rock as E.J. Harnden and Ryan Fry sweep. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Background

Canada arrived in Sochi as the favourites after winning gold in 2010 and 2006. They have never finished worse than silver since the sport returned to the Olympics in 1998.

After a rough start in the round robin, Brad Jacobs’s team has been playing well through to the final, and hopes to make it double curling gold for Canada after Jennifer Jones’s win yesterday.

Brad Jacobs discusses his medal ambition:

To get another medal for all of Team Canada is a great feeling, but at the same time, we want to come out and we want to get that gold.

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Men’s hockey: Sweden beats Finland, will play Canada or U.S. for gold

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist seals off the edge of the goal as Finland forward Jarkko Immonen looks for a pass with Sweden defenseman Johnny Oduya. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist seals off the edge of the goal as Finland forward Jarkko Immonen looks for a pass with Sweden defenseman Johnny Oduya. (Julio Cortez/The Associated Press)

Score: 2-1

Sweden took the lead over Finland late in the second period of their semi-final match on a goal by Erik Karlsson. Midway through the period, Loui Eriksson scored for Sweden to tie the game.

Olli Jokinen scored earlier in the second period to give Finland a brief lead.

Sweden is ranked higher going into the Olympics, but has been plagued by injuries.

The winner of this match will face either Canada or the U.S. in the final on Sunday.

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