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Winter Olympics, Day 12

The main events of the day in photos from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Day 12, February 19: Hosts Russia are dumped out of the men's ice hockey competition by Finland, while U.S. skier Ted Ligety wins his second Olympic gold medal after a wait of eight years.

Finland's Sami Lepisto (bottom) stops Russia's Alexander Ovechkin during the men's ice hockey quarterfinal match that saw the host country eliminated 3-1. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
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Finland's Sami Lepisto (bottom) stops Russia's Alexander Ovechkin during the men's ice hockey quarterfinal match that saw the host country eliminated 3-1. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

The home crowd did not have a lot to cheer about in the ice hockey game between Russia and Finland. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
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The home crowd did not have a lot to cheer about in the ice hockey game between Russia and Finland. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

(Left to right:) Denise Herrmann of Germany, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, and Stina Nilsson of Sweden in action during the women's team sprints classic final. (EPA/Kay Nietfeld)
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(Left to right:) Denise Herrmann of Germany, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, and Stina Nilsson of Sweden in action during the women's team sprints classic final. (EPA/Kay Nietfeld)

Norway's Marit Bjoergen in action during the women's team sprint classic cross-country semifinal. Norway eventually won gold.  (EPA/Hendrik Schmidt)
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Norway's Marit Bjoergen in action during the women's team sprint classic cross-country semifinal. Norway eventually won gold.  (EPA/Hendrik Schmidt)

Russia's Nikita Kryukov (left) and Tim Tscharnke of Germany during the final round of the team sprint in men’s cross-country skiing. Finland won gold, Russia silver. (RIA/Konstantin Chalabov)
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Russia's Nikita Kryukov (left) and Tim Tscharnke of Germany during the final round of the team sprint in men’s cross-country skiing. Finland won gold, Russia silver. (RIA/Konstantin Chalabov)

French silver-medal winner Steve Missillier competes during the men's alpine skiing giant slalom (AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini)
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French silver-medal winner Steve Missillier competes during the men's alpine skiing giant slalom (AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini)

In the same competition, U.S. skier Ted Ligety falls in the finish area after taking gold. He also won a skiing gold at the 2006 Olympics. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)
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In the same competition, U.S. skier Ted Ligety falls in the finish area after taking gold. He also won a skiing gold at the 2006 Olympics. (AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff)

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands in action during the women's 5,000 meter speed skating event. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)
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Ireen Wust of the Netherlands in action during the women's 5,000 meter speed skating event. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)

Martina Sablikova (right) of the Czech Republic celebrates after winning the women's 5,000 meter speed skating event. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)
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Martina Sablikova (right) of the Czech Republic celebrates after winning the women's 5,000 meter speed skating event. (EPA/Hannibal Hanschke)

Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini (left) and Russia's Vic Wild compete during the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom finals. Wild won the gold medal. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)
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Switzerland's Nevin Galmarini (left) and Russia's Vic Wild compete during the men's snowboard parallel giant slalom finals. Wild won the gold medal. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya performs during the women's free skating team event. (EPA/Barbara Walton)
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Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya performs during the women's free skating team event. (EPA/Barbara Walton)

Canada's two-woman bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries and brakewoman Heather Moyse (AFP/Leon Neal)
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Canada's two-woman bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries and brakewoman Heather Moyse (AFP/Leon Neal)

Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes in the mixed biathlon relay. Norway won gold. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)
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Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen competes in the mixed biathlon relay. Norway won gold. (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

(Left to right:) Silver medal winners Jaroslav Soukup, Gabriela Soukalova, Ondrej Moravec, and Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic celebrate after completing the mixed biathlon relay. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)
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(Left to right:) Silver medal winners Jaroslav Soukup, Gabriela Soukalova, Ondrej Moravec, and Veronika Vitkova of Czech Republic celebrate after completing the mixed biathlon relay. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

Canada's Jennifer Jones (bending over) and Kaitlyn Lawes ponder their options during the semifinal match between Great Britain and Canada in the women's curling competition. (EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich)
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Canada's Jennifer Jones (bending over) and Kaitlyn Lawes ponder their options during the semifinal match between Great Britain and Canada in the women's curling competition. (EPA/Tatyana Zenkovich)

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