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The Winter Olympics drew to a close on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men's ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow.

Canada claimed the last, most coveted title of the Games by sweeping aside Sweden 3 0 to retain their men's hockey crown, but two more victories for Russia gave them an unassailable lead with 13 golds to Norway's 11.

Sweden's misery was compounded by news that forward Nicklas Backstrom had failed Billig Generisk Cialis a doping test. He missed the gold medal game against Canada, forcing his team to hastily rearrange the lineup shortly before the teams took to the ice.

At the Sanki Sliding Centre, Alexander Zubkov added the four man bobsleigh crown to his two man title, while on the cross country skiing track, Alexander Legkov grabbed the 50 km race in a Russian medals sweep.

That win ensured Russia was the most successful nation at the Games, emulating the Canadians who topped the rankings on home turf four years earlier.

"People kept asking me whether I believed Russia could do as well as Canada did in Vancouver . and I didn't believe it," 30 year old Legkov told a news conference.

"Now this is our pride, it's wonderful. What could be better than ending the Olympics with a gold medal and helping Russia top the "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" medal table?"

Underlining the sense of national pride, a packed Fisht Stadium erupted in cheers as Cialis 10 Mg Goedkoop the Russian team marched past in the athletes' parade during the closing ceremony.

Organisers will be delighted that athletic achievement has gone hand in hand with a generally well run Games, so far untouched by violence at the hands of Islamist militants opposed to President Vladimir Putin and his pet project.

Voices of dissent over Russia's human rights record, particularly regarding legislation Buy Cialis Switzerland that critics say discriminates against gays, have occasionally crashed the party, but attention has largely focused on sport.


International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the Russian hosts had proved their critics wrong.

"We saw excellent Games and what counts most is the opinions of the athletes and they were "Anabolika Definition" enormously satisfied," he said.

The Games had more than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries both records and featured 12 new events to attract younger fans and more broadcasters than ever before.

However, the Games have also seen six doping cases, five more than at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Early on Sunday Austrian cross country skier Johannes Duerr, who placed eighth in the skiathlon, tested positive for performance boosting EPO and was excluded from the Games, according to the Austrian Olympic Committee.

"There's nothing left for me than to apologise to everyone. To my family, my wife," Duerr told Austrian TV ORF at the airport as he was leaving.

Bach said the number of cases proved that the system of testing athletes was working.

"The number of cases for me is not really relevant. What is important is that we see that the system works," he said.

Bach spoke hours before the closing ceremony at the Fisht Stadium, one of several gleaming arenas built in Sochi that helped push the price tag for Russia's first Winter Games to an estimated $51 billion, a record for any Olympics.

Only time will tell if the project, on which Putin has staked much of his prestige, was worth it, as Russia faces the formidable challenge of turning Sochi and the surrounding areas into a year round sports and entertainment hub.

Bach said Sochi had undergone an "amazing transformation" from somewhere that looked more like a "Stalinist style sanatorium city" in Deca Durabolin Subcutaneous the mid 1990s to an Olympic host city with state of the art venues.

"It was terrible then. Seeing it 20 years after this Anavar Acne transformation is amazing."For now Russian officials are basking in the glory of an event they believe has helped them build bridges with the West, with which Moscow has had uneasy relations under Putin.

"The friendly faces, the warm Sochi sun and the glare of the Olympic gold have broken the ice of scepticism towards the new Russia," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, also Putin's Olympics organiser, said at the weekend.

The medals tally was an unexpected bonus after Russia mustered just three golds in Vancouver four years ago to place 11th in the rankings.

The only regret for Russian fans was that the Deca Durabolin And Test Cypionate Cycle men's team progressed no further than the quarter finals.