Day 17: Crosby strikes gold

Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner as Canada beat the United States 3-2 in the men’s Olympic gold medal hockey game on Sunday.

Crosby’s goal came at the 7:40 mark beating American goaltender Ryan Miller with a sharp angle shot from the left side.

The gold medal is the 14th for Canada at the 2010 Games. A record for the most gold medals won at a winter Olympics.

The two other events during the final day of the winter Games was a closing ceremony with its tongue planted firmly in cheek, and a cross-country ski event that lasted just over two hours.

Closing ceremony

Ladies’ figure skating bronze medalist Joannie Rochette carried the Canadian flag into the Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday.

Rochette’s mother passed away just prior to the start of the short program skate.

At the very beginning of the ceremony, two-time Olympic gold medalist Catriona LeMay Doan finally got her chance to light the Olympic flame. Making light of the hydraulics failure during the opening ceremony, the blunder was finally corrected with help from a clown.

Later, the next winter Olympic city, Sochi, Russia, presented to the world, with performances coming from both Vancouver and the succeeding winter Games’ host.

Finally, the cauldron was extinguished and a number of humorous sketches and a rock concert from various Canadian acts closed the ceremony.

Cross-country skiing – men’s 50 km, mass start

Norway’s Petter Northug claimed gold in the Olympic men’s 50 km mass start cross-country skiing event on Sunday in a time of 2:05:35.5.

Axel Teichmann of Germany, and Johan Olsson of Sweden were the silver and bronze medalists, finishing three-tenths of a second and one second behind Northug.

Canadian, Devon Kershaw was fifth, while his teammates George Gray, Alex Harvey, and Ivan Babikov finished 18th, 32nd, and 33rd.