Ukraine wins first Sochi gold amid violence at home

Gold medalists Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Olena Pidhrushna and Valj Semerenko of Ukraine celebrate after the flower ceremony for the Biathlon Women's 4 x 6 km Relay during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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With their country torn by civil strife, the women of the Ukraine 4x6km biathlon team paid tribute in the best way they could: by winning gold.

Ukraine's four relay members led from the beginning of the race, and finished in a total of 1 hour, 10 minutes, 2.5 seconds. The team outlasted Russia by just 26.4 seconds, with Norway taking the bronze.

The victory marks the first medal for Ukraine in the Winter Olympics since Oksana Baiul won gold in figure skating in 1994 at Lillehammer.
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