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February 23, 2014

As Olympics close, 4-man finale looks to be epic

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia —

Seventh Heaven? If Holcomb medals, the United States would claim its seventh sliding medal of the Sochi Olympics, ensuring that the American luge, skeleton and bobsled teams would combine to take at least as much hardware home as any other nation. And given that this was on a track that the U.S. teams didn’t know well, that would be a huge boost heading into the next four-year cycle.

Canada’s woes: The Canadians did some last-minute maneuvering before the four-man competition, switching teams around with hopes of medals. It might have worked. Justin Kripps — with a new team of pushers, a risky move by the Canadian side — was flying in the second run, then crashed. Everyone in his sled walked away, but there went the medal hopes.

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