WRAPUP 4-Olympics-Russia tops medals table as Games end amid doping scandals
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* Russia gets two golds on final day, top medals table
* Doping cases overshadow last day of Sochi Olympics
* Closing ceremony brings curtain down on Games
By Mike Collett-White
SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) - The Winter Olympics ended on Sunday with host nation Russia on top of the medals table and Canada winning the men's ice hockey final, but news that two more athletes tested positive for banned substances dimmed the golden glow.
Canada claimed the last, most coveted title of the Games by sweeping aside Sweden 3-0 to retain their men's ice hockey crown, but two more victories for Russia gave them an unassailable lead with 13 golds to Norway's 11.
Sweden's misery was compounded by news that forward Nicklas Backstrom had failed a doping test. He missed the gold medal game, forcing his team to hastily rearrange the lineup shortly before the teams took to the ice.
At the Sanki Sliding Centre, Alexander Zubkov added the four-man bobsleigh crown to his two-man title, while on the cross-country skiing track, Alexander Legkov grabbed the 50 km race in a Russian medals sweep.
Those wins ensured Russia was the most successful nation at the Games, emulating the Canadians who topped the rankings on home turf four years earlier.
"People kept asking me whether I believed Russia could do as well as Canada did in Vancouver ... and I didn't believe it," 30-year-old Legkov told a news conference.
"Now this is our pride, it's wonderful. What could be better than ending the Olympics with a gold medal and helping Russia top the medal table?"
Underlining the sense of national pride, a packed Fisht Stadium erupted in cheers as the Russian team marched past during the athletes' parade at the closing ceremony.
Organisers will be delighted that athletic achievement has gone hand-in-hand with a generally well-run Games, so far untouched by violence at the hands of Islamist militants opposed to President Vladimir Putin and his pet project.
Voices of dissent over Russia's human rights record, particularly regarding legislation that critics say discriminates against gays, have occasionally crashed the party, but attention has largely focused on sport.
RUSSIA PROVES CRITICS WRONG-BACH
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the Russian hosts had proved their critics wrong.
"Tonight we can say: Russia delivered all what it had promised," he told 40,000 people at the closing ceremony and many millions more watching on television.