Olympic Athletes from Russia ice hockey coach Oleg Znarok is lifted up. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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The "Olympic Athletes from Russia" – the name they were designated as part of the IOC's sanctions – also collected six silver medals and nine bronze.For those watching in Russia, Pyeongchang was an Olympics that was marked by legal battles rather than sports.At the ceremony, Russia marched in gray coats behind the Olympic flag, which was held by an Olympic volunteer, not an athlete.Russia's medal hopes were reduced in part because the Russian Olympic Committee opted not to fill more than 40 open slots with other athletes when its preferred choices didn't pass IOC vetting.At the closing ceremony, Russia appeared under the Olympic flag, likely for the last time.Despite the lack of logos and flags, it seemed everyone knew who the "Olympic Athletes from Russia" were.
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