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Sochi Olympics are a measured success for US

Four-time Olympian and former Harvard hockey player Julie Chu was the US flag bearer in the Closing Ceremony.

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Behind in the medal count, the bulk of the haul was produced by the X Gamers, the Alpine skiers and the sledders and sliders.

Russia tops Sochi medal table

A medal sweep in the men’s 50-kilometer competition allowed the host nation to run away with the total medal race.

Before the festivities concluded in Sochi, there was the symbolic handoff to the host of the next Winter Games in 2018.

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For Russia, the Games were a complete success

The mood throughout the Sochi Olympics was relaxed and friendly, helped by thousands of smiling and helpful young volunteers.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/02/23/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/canada-3083.jpg Canada made statement to world in winning gold

For the Canadian men’s hockey team, defending their title by snuffing out the Swedes, 3-0, was an accomplishment and a relief.

A popular Olympic attraction, Sochi Park, is a work in progress. The sprawling Russian-themed amusement park is slated to be fully operational by July.

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Analysis

Putin muscled Sochi to success. Now, what’s next?

President Vladimir Putin plans to make Sochi a destination, and not just for its balmy climate and snow-capped Caucasus peaks.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/04079225-13451.jpg Sochi’s charm, strength was out in full force

If we learned anything from these Games of bloated ambition, it’s never underestimate the sheer force of Vladimir Putin.

“It’s just a fact. We come to the Olympics to win,” said Mikaela Shiffrin, recalling her gold medal in the slalom.

Mikaela Shiffrin dreaming big for next Olympics

Becoming the youngest winner of an Olympic slalom wasn’t enough for Shiffrin, who wants to win five medals in 2018.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/02/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/470781031.jpg For the US women, some silver linings

The United States came close to gold in women’s hockey and women’s bobsledding, but had to settle for being second best.

Notable results

Canadian team members listened to their national anthem after receiving their gold medals.

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Canada made statement to world in winning gold

For the Canadian men’s hockey team, defending their title by snuffing out the Swedes, 3-0, was an accomplishment and a relief.

Steven Holcomb (left) piloted the US four-man sled to a         third-place finish. It was his second medal in Sochi, as it was         for Melrose’s Steve Langton (second from right).

Steven Holcomb adds history medal for US

Holcomb became the first US bobsled driver since Stanley Benham in 1952 to win two medals in the same Games.

DATA: AP

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