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US beats Russia in Sochi Paralympics hockey final

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The United States Paralympic hockey players have succeeded where the country's Olympic men failed on ice - by collecting medals in Sochi. And they were gold.

The U.S. successfully defended its Paralympic ice sledge hockey title by beating host Russia 1-0 in the final on Saturday.

Former U.S. Marine Josh Sweeney scored in the second period at Shayba Arena, which was close to its 7,000-seat capacity and packed with flag-waving, chanting Russians.

It was the third U.S. gold of a Winter Paralympics being dominated by Russia.

At the Olympics, the U.S. men's team missed out on a podium finish, but the women won silver.

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lrafdal March 16 2014 at 8:44 AM

Great job! Gold in hockey! Wonderful feat!

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eeodjo March 16 2014 at 12:20 AM

Gee, it must really be hard for Putin to accept those two hockey losses to the U.S., in both Olympics. Now I can see why he is playing HARD BALL during the Ukrainian-Crimean crisis. If he can only learn how to be more diplomatic and understanding to the Ukrainians, maybe both his country's hockey teams may win in the future Olympics. Good luck Mr. Putin and be more considerate, okay!

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PAM March 15 2014 at 10:47 PM

way to go team USA and Kevin McKee, Mr. Mitchell is watching you in heaven and so proud of you boys!!!!
You can all do anything u want, u r the best!!!!!!

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omihilde March 15 2014 at 9:48 PM



Hilde Schmitt

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gad4984 March 15 2014 at 9:28 PM

There are NO losers in these games.

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Sandyjustforfun March 15 2014 at 9:22 PM

Bravo for Team USA!!!

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john March 15 2014 at 9:08 PM


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Joanne March 15 2014 at 9:07 PM

God Bless all the players!!!!Congrats to the USA team!!!!

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rickmccrarypts Joanne March 15 2014 at 10:24 PM

Yes Joanne -- God Bless all the players ---- and congatulations to all the members of the USA and Russsia Teams.

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godabarb March 15 2014 at 8:30 PM

good for them, just wonderful

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Jackie March 16 2014 at 12:41 AM

Shame on you, ga7smi. Quite a few players are injured veterans, and those who aren't have worked their bodies to the bone to rise above seemingly insurmountable physical and emotional challenges. Hats off to all them, from every country.

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