Did Games meet Russia's goals?

Updated: February 23, 2014, 1:15 PM ET
By Brett Forrest | Special to ESPN.com

SOCHI, Russia -- A Russian man shouted into his phone from inside a gondola coming down the mountain. "Lena, what?" he asked in Russian. "You weren't paying attention? You don't care? We won gold. A gold medal, Lena!" Team Russia had just won the men's biathlon relay, one of the final competitions of the Sochi Olympics. The penultimate night of these Games had darkened the valley, though it sparkled with light.

Now that the Olympics were coming to a close, I asked ...

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