Ukraine wins first Sochi gold amid violence at home

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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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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)
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)
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)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Silver medalists Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina of Russia, gold medalists Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine and bronze medalists Fanny Welle-Strand Horn, Tiril Eckhoff, Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland and Tora Berger of Norway celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Silver medalists Yana Romanova, Olga Zaitseva, Ekaterina Shumilova and Olga Vilukhina of Russia, gold medalists Vita Semerenko, Juliya Dzhyma, Valj Semerenko and Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine and bronze medalists Fanny Welle-Strand Horn, Tiril Eckhoff, Ann Kristin Aafedt Flatland and Tora Berger of Norway celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Ukraine's Olena Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses finish line to win women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Olena Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Vita Semerenko of Ukraine competes during the 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)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Vita Semerenko of Ukraine competes during the 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)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Gold medalist Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine approaches the finish line to win the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Gold medalist Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine approaches the finish line to win the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Ukraine's Vita Semerenko prepares to shoot during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Semerenko prepares to shoot during women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Vita Semerenko prepares to shoot during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine competes during the Biathlon Women's 4 x 6 km Relay on day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine competes during the Biathlon Women's 4 x 6 km Relay on day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Ukraine's Vita Semerenko and Russia's Yana Romanova (R) leave the shooting range during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Semerenko and Russia's Romanova leave shooting range during women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Vita Semerenko and Russia's Yana Romanova (R) leave the shooting range during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Russia's Olga Zaitseva (L) and Ukraine's Juliya Dzhyma ski during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
Russia's Zaitseva and Ukraine's Dzhyma ski during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Russia's Olga Zaitseva (L) and Ukraine's Juliya Dzhyma ski during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
Ukraine's Olena Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Ukraine's Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses finish line to win women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Olena Pidhrushna celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Gold medalist Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: Gold medalist Olena Pidhrushna of Ukraine celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko hands over to her team mate Olena Pidhrushna (L) during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Semerenko hands over to Pidhrushna during women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko hands over to her team mate Olena Pidhrushna (L) during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko shoots during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
Ukraine's Semerenko shoots during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko shoots during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko skis during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Semerenko skis during women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko skis during the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's Juliya Dzhyma (R) skis during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
Ukraine's Dzhyma skis during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor
Ukraine's Juliya Dzhyma (R) skis during the women's biathlon 4 x 6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT BIATHLON OLYMPICS)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L to R) Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna, Juliya Dzhyma and Vita Semerenko of Ukraine celebrate winning the gold medal in the 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)
Biathlon - Winter Olympics Day 14
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 21: (L to R) Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna, Juliya Dzhyma and Vita Semerenko of Ukraine celebrate winning the gold medal in the 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)
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna, Juliya Dzhyma and Vita Semerenko (L-R) celebrate after crossing the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)
Ukraine's relay team celebrate after crossing finish line to win women's biathlon 4x6 km relay at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games
Ukraine's Valj Semerenko, Olena Pidhrushna, Juliya Dzhyma and Vita Semerenko (L-R) celebrate after crossing the finish line to win the women's biathlon 4x6 km relay event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BIATHLON)

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