Canada defeats US men’s hockey team to face Sweden in the gold medal game with a lone goal from Jamie Benn, the scent of scandal lingered over the Sochi Olympics on Friday after contentious judging favored an unfancied Russian over South Korea’s Kim Yuna in the women’s figure skating contest, US Speedskating and Under Armour announced an eight-year contract renewal through the 2022 Olympics on Friday morning and more.
They pushed, shoved and jawed at each other after whistles as arch-rivals will do and when the dust settled, the Canadians had skated to a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the Americans in women’s hockey. In other sports, Tina Maze and Dominique Gisin tied for gold medal in women’s downhill, a first in Olympics history. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany won gold in men’s doubles luge.
One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.
Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.