Ilya Kovalchuk

Russian hockey players won gold but weren't finished — they still had an anthem to sing

Russian hockey players won gold but weren't finished — they still had an anthem to sing

Sweaty and spent, members of the team with the awkward name Olympic Athletes From Russia gathered to finish their mission.

Dazzling young forward Kirill Kaprizov’s power-play goal nine minutes and 40 seconds into sudden-death play had given them a 4-3 victory over upstart Germany and had transformed them into Olympic hockey champions for the first time since they were known as the Unified team in 1992, but there was a job still to be done, a promise to keep.

Russia had been banned from the Pyeongchang Games by the International Olympic Committee as punishment for its state-sponsored doping programs, but individual athletes were allowed to compete here as neutral athletes after...

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