SOCHI, Russia -- There are moments at the Olympics that help put everything into perspective when we're disappointed about our teams' losses while chasing a rubber puck across the ice. One of those moments was in the women's 4x6K biathlon relay Friday.
While back home their country is emerged in a crisis that has left scores of protesters dead, Ukraine's relay team won a surprising gold medal when Olena Pidhrushna collapsed in absolute exhaustion across the finish line. It was Ukraine's first winter gold medal -- and only its second overall -- since 1994 when Oksana Baiul won in figure skating.
The Ukrainian team requested a moment of silence at the post-race news conference to honor the fallen back in Kiev.
"This is a message for a better future,'' Ukraine's Olympic Committee president Sergey Bubka said of the victory. "What can be a better message for the people? We need this moment.''