Chaunté Lowe’s 2008 Olympic medal ceremony (video)

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In a moment nine years overdue, high jumper Chaunté Lowe had an Olympic medal draped around her neck and received a standing ovation.

It didn’t happen at an Olympic Stadium, but at the recent Team USA Awards, which aired on NBC on Saturday night.

Lowe, a four-time Olympian and mother of three, earned her first Olympic medal in 2008 but did not receive it until last month.

Her original sixth-place result from the Beijing Games was upgraded due to doping from the original third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.

The athletes were retroactively disqualified following retests of their 2008 doping samples last year. They all came back positive for the banned steroid turinabol.

The Team USA Awards ceremony honored not only Lowe but also husband Mario and their three children, JasmineAurora and M.J. 

Lowe had Jasmine one year before the Beijing Olympics. Aurora and M.J. were born after Beijing, in 2011 and 2013.

“I am frequently asked how much I have lost by receiving this medal nine years later,” Lowe said in her acceptance speech. “Honestly, I can’t answer that question because my heart is so full with all that has been gained.”

Lowe, 33, competed at the last four Olympics. She was fourth in Rio. She’s going for one more Games in Tokyo in 2020.

“I still want to be on that podium,” she said.

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OAR win hockey gold with 4-3 OT win over Germany

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The Olympic Athletes from Russia triumphed in the no-NHL tournament where they were favored, winning the men’s hockey gold medal at a Winter Olympics where they couldn’t even be called Team Russia, use their colors or celebrate while listening to their anthem.

Kirill Kaprizov scored the game-winner as “Team Olympic Athlete From Russia” came back to beat underdog Germany 4-3 in overtime Sunday in an instant classic that saved a men’s tournament lacking buzz not only in South Korea but back in North America, where the NHL season went on during the games for the first time since 1994.

It’s the first Russian gold medal in hockey since 1992 in Albertville when the team also played under a neutral flag as the Community of Independent States. Russian flags — the team barred from using them by IOC sanctions for state-sponsored doping — hung behind the bench as the team awaited their gold medals.

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Constantly saying it doesn’t matter that they had to wear nondescript red and white uniforms that lacked the Russian Coat of Arms, players gave the Russians their second gold and 17th total medal of the Olympics.

Russian goal song “Those Were The Days” blared over the Gangneung Hockey Centre speakers as fans clad in red, white and blue and holding flags celebrated. They later sang the national anthem as the medal ceremony got under way.

Exhibition gala closes out figure skating program in PyeongChang

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Without the pressure of racking up points to land on the medal podium, the figure skating exhibition gala is a chance for the athletes to express themselves. There aren’t rules about jumping sequences, and instead, skaters can use props and silly concepts, if they want.

Figure skaters who win medals at the Olympics are typically among the invite list, plus up-and-coming skaters from the host country and other fan favorites.

Here are some of the best performances of the evening:

Ice dance bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani reprised last season’s “That’s Life” short dance by Frank Sinatra featuring Jay-Z for this year’s exhibition.

Ladies’ gold medalist Alina Zagitova performed her “Priestess of Fire” exhibition, which included a fake candle prop glowing on the ice.

Watch performances from the figure skating gala by clicking here