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2014 Winter Paralympic Games Conclude Sunday


The 2014 Winter Paralympics wrapped up in Sochi on Sunday with the final events and the Closing Ceremonies.

United States players Taylor Lipsett, left, Greg Shaw, center, and Andy Yohe celebrate after winning the gold medal ice sledge hockey match against Russia at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, March 15, 2014. United States won 1-0. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The 2014 Winter Paralympics wrapped up in Sochi on Sunday with the final events and the Closing Ceremonies.

Before that, Team USA led a clean sweep in the Paralympic debut of Snowboardcross. Evan Strong of the United States won the Gold Medal, followed by Michael Shea and Keith Gabel, who won the silver and bronze medals respectively. Also of note, the youngest Paralympic athlete competed in this event for Australia--Ben Tudhope is only 14 years old.

The other Team USA gold medal of the 2014 Paralympic games came in Ice Sled (or Sledge) Hockey. After defeating Canada in the semifinals, Team USA defeated Russia 1-0 in the Gold Medal Match. That left Russia with the Silver, while Canada bested Norway to win the Bronze Medal.

Russia dominated the final medal count with 80 medals in all, 30 of those gold. Ukraine came in second in the overall medal count, while Team USA came in third with a total of 18 medals, 2 of them gold.

The next Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. Before that, however, are the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero Brazil in 2016, and the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

Be sure to check out some of our previous Paralympic coverage in the "More Stories" section of this article!


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