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U.S. officials defend performance

Updated: February 23, 2014, 2:36 PM ET
Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia -- The speedskaters flopped, and the hockey team was blanked when it mattered most. If it wasn't for some brand new sports, the medal count would be paltry.

Yet U.S. Olympic officials insist this was one of the country's best Olympics ever.

"I couldn't be more proud of our Olympic team," said Larry Probst, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

A bronze in the four-man bobsled on a day Russia put an exclamation point on its Games gave the U.S. 28 medals ...

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