The Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation - also known as O.A.R. - captured the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea after defeating Germany by the score of 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
Later, at the medal ceremony, the winning team sang the Russian anthem while the music for the Olympic anthem was played in the arena, despite being barred by Olympic authorities from having their flag raised or anthem played. Let's not forget Russian Federation - or, we should say, "Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation", the shame-laced moniker they inherited after a doping brouhaha from the 2014 Sochi Games doomed them to a non-flag-carrying Pyeongchang Games.
The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box - and a potential path away from conflict. The Russian players were heard singing the Russian national anthem on the ice - apparently contravening rules governing their participation as neutrals, following a major doping scandal.
It's the first gold in men's hockey for a Russian team since 1992.
"We have been through a lot so that we could blaze a trail", said Kim Eun-jung, skip of the South Korean women's curling team, which captured global renown as the "Garlic Girls" - all from a garlic-producing Korean hometown. "It's great and it feels good".
Ilya Kovalchuk had a chance to win the game 6:30 in only to have his forehand stopped by a tremendous pad save by German goalie Danny Aus Den Birken. Hopes for a Russian comeback were dimmed when just five seconds after the go-ahead goal, former New Jersey Devils player Sergey Kalinin received a two-minute penalty for tripping, leaving the OAR team shorthanded with a one-goal deficit with just two minutes left in the game. Gusev finished as the Olympic tournament's points leader with four goals and eight assists. The silver medal is the best-ever result for Germany in men's hockey.
The Russians found themselves evenly matched by a German team who surprised the hockey world by making it to their first Olympic final.
It appeared Germany was going to pull of the shocking win entering the final minute; they had a power play and the one-goal lead.
"This was hugely disappointing and does not permit the International Olympic Committee to envisage lifting the suspension of Russian Federation for the closing ceremony", Bach said, referring to the positive tests. "We all thought we would sit at home and watch the final on the couch".