Sochi Sadness: The Agony of Defeat

Sadness, agony, disappointment - Find out how athletes at the Winter Games reacted after finding out they didn't win.

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John Carlson #4 of the United States skates off as Finland celebrates after the Men's Ice Hockey Bronze Medal Game on Day 15 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Finland defeated the United States 5-0.
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Before the third-place match became a rout in the final period, it was a game of missed opportunities for the Americans.-In third period action, USA and Toronto Maple leaf players Phil Kessel (left) and James van Riemsdyk look unhappy on the American bench.
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US goalkeepers Jonathan Quick (L) and Ryan Miller leave after losing the Men's ice hockey Bronze Medal Game USA vs Finland at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014.
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The Americans were humbled by defending champion Canada, which also beat them in the gold-medal game in 2010, with a 1-0 win that was more lopsided than the score indicated.Team USA Hockey player Ryan Suter (20) reacted with disbelief to the team's 0-1 defeat to Canada in the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014.
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Cam Fowler #3, Patrick Kane #88 and John Carlson #4 of the United States react after losing 1-0 to Canada during the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinal Playoff on Day 14 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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U.S. Ryan Mcdonagh (R) and US Justin Faulk reacted at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA vs Canada during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. Canada won 0-1. The Canadians had also won the Women's match earlier, making this defeat all the more devastating.
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Team USA player Phil Kessel holds his hockey stick following the team's 0-1 defeat to Canada in the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. The loss came as a hard blow to Team USA, as the Canadian women had previously also defeated the U.S. women.
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U.S. goalkeeper Jonathan Quick looked on at the end of the Men's Ice Hockey Semifinals USA vs Canada during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 21, 2014. Team USA was hoping to revenge an overtime loss of their own four years earlier, but instead of revenge, it was more of the same, as Team Canada played flawless defense in a 1-0 win.
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US Silver medalist Kacey Bellamy cried during the Women's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony at the Bolshoy Ice Dome plaza at Sochi on February 20, 2014. The U.S. Women's team lost to Canada 3-2 as the nation made a dramatic comeback in the last few seconds of the match, sending the game into overtime and clinching their fourth consecutive Olympic Women's title in the sport.
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Members of the U.S. Women's Hockey team scowled and cried during the medal ceremony in the aftermath of the upsetting final against long-time rivals, Canada. The U.S. has not won an Olympic final against Canada since the 1998 Nagano games.
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US players cried during the Women's Ice Hockey Medal Ceremony at the Bolshoy Ice Dome plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. The U.S. team was convinced that they had the ability to bring home gold at this year's Olympics. The disappointment of just missing the top step of the podium was evident on their faces.
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Silver medalists Amanda Kessel #28 and Kacey Bellamy #22 of the United States reacted with sadness during the flower ceremony after losing 3-2 to Canada in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Dejected American players awaited their silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Canadian women beat the USA 3-1 in overtime in the women's hockey final at the Bolshoy arena, marking their fourth consecutive win against Team USA at the Winter Olympics.
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Silver medalist Meghan Duggan #10 of the United States turned to look at the camera during the flower ceremony for the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Lee Stecklein #2 of the United States reacted after losing to Canada 3-2 in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Silver medalist Gigi Marvin #19 of the United States watched with sadness during the flower ceremony for the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Figure skater Ashley Wagner's sour face upon seeing her scores in the short program went viral, but nobody enjoys the meme more than the figure skater herself. Wagner, whose journey to Sochi has been plagued with controversy, had hoped her short program in the ladies team competition would prove that she belonged at the Olympics. However, she was less than pleased with the judges' scoring.
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Silver medalist Kacey Bellamy #22 of the United States fought back tears after losing 3-2 to Canada in overtime during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Gigi Marvin #19 of the United States reacts after losing 3-2 in overtime against Canada during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Mao Asada of Japan broke down into tears after her performance in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi Olympics. She scored third in the event, proving her talent after her dismal short program performance that led to criticism by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.
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Mao Asada of Japan cried after competing in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The former silver medalist made a stunning comeback in the free skate to offset her disastrous short program performance, finishing in sixth place overall.
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Natalya Makagonova of Russia reacts in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification on day thirteen of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia reacted after competing in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The skating prodigy had first stunned audiences with her flawless routines, but ended up taking a few tumbles in the individual competition, setting her back to fifth place.
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Angeli Vanlaanen of the United States reacts after cutting her nose from a crash in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Finals on day thirteen of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Jeremy Abbott of the United States reacted after competing in the Figure Skating Men's Short Program during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 6, 2014. Abbott suffered a hard fall during the program, managing to get up and finish his routine, but still costing him a chance at the podium.
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Andrea Henkel of Germany cries after the Women's 12.5 km Mass Start during day ten of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
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Haejin Kim of South Korea held her head after competing in the Figure Skating Ladies' Free Skating on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Kim suffered a fall during her performance and ended up ranking 16th.
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The team from the United States USA-3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hugged after their second run during the women's two-man bobsled competition on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Jones, who switched to bobsledding from track, had a lackluster performance at these games, finishing in 11th place.
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Shaun White of the United States reacts after competing in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014. White finished fourth in the event, just missing the podium.
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Shani Davis of the United States reacted after competing during the Men's 500 m Race 2 of 2 Speed Skating event during day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 10, 2014. Davis, who has four Olympic medals already under his belt, had a disappointing run at this year's Olympics, earning no medals and falling short of his best.
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