Skip to comments.Final Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Russia finishes with most medals
Posted on 02/23/2014 9:04:42 AM PST by Altenkrug
The 2014 Winter Olympic games are in the books, and despite the United States and Russia being tied in the medal count mid-way through Saturday, the Russians pulled away Sunday to win the most medals of any nation.
Russia finished with 33 medals overall, including an Olympic-high 13 golds. Launching them to first place were the country's men's cross-country 50 kilometer mass start racers on Sunday. Russia swept that event as Alexander Legkov took gold, Maxim Vylegzhanin took silver and Ilia Chernousov took bronze. The Russians also took gold in the four-man bobsled event.
Team U.S.A. was second in overall medals with 28. Their lone medal on Sunday came in the four man bobsled as the team led by Steven Holcomb finished with a bronze medal. The United States' nine gold medals were just the fourth-most in the Sochi games as both Canada and Norway finished ahead of them in that category.
Norway was third overall in medals with 26 and second on gold with 11. Canada's Mens Hockey gold medal pushed them ahead of the United States in that category; Canada will leave Sochi with 10 gold and 25 medals overall.
Rounding out the top five in medal winners are the Dutch. The Netherlands finished with 24 medals overall this year and tied for fifth in the gold count with Germany as both countries took the top spot on the podium eight times.
But don’t drink the water.
What about NORWAY? Remember the boob who said the reason the U.S. isn’t winning medals is because we spend too much athletic energy playing the violent and deadly sport of football (instead of speed skating). Right....
The host country almost always wins the most medals (or at least more than it would otherwise). I love sports, but I’m getting tired of the Olympic mess. People should stop acting as if it is some kind of pure competition, untouched by the corruption of politics and money.
Give the rest of the world a few more decades, and they will not have enough people to compete in the Olympics due to declining birth rates, and their youth will want to spend hours playing video games instead of being active in sports, just like ours.
Who knows, we may see the first women’s ski events where the competitors are forced to wear burgas! :-P
I thought that guy was Dutch
Six of Russia’s gold medals were won by foreign athletes: Ahn from South Korea with four in speed skating and Wild from the USA with two in snowboarding. Without that, the USA would have finished first, very creditable considering the failure of our men’s speed skating team to perform.
I’m not sure what it is about Russia but for some reason, I’m not surprised that they did well in winter sports.
Maybe we could have a homosexual Olympics. I’ll bet we could win that one easily.
Back when I felt a kinship with other Americans, this sort of thing mattered to me. The Obama-ization of America, and what it has revealed about Americans causes me to be uninterested.
I watched 0 minutes of it, and missed nothing, it soon will be called the UN Olympics.
I say revise the count for where athletes currently live and train.
The US wins that count, hands down.
Canada has the population of California. Norway has the population of Colorado. Not bad.
And most of our medals came in the so-called “Extreme” events that belong more in the X-Games than in the Olympics.
We did poorly in the traditional events.
Wow, that was totally unexpected.
The Russians stack the deck in their favor, making gold medals nearly as meaningless as the Nobel Prize. Their people suffer while Americans, even so-called ‘poor’ Americans, live in relative luxury. Medal counts are farcical.
Yup. Snowboarding and X skiing. The US even swept the podium twice I think.
>>The Russians stack the deck in their favor, making gold medals nearly as meaningless as the Nobel Prize. Their people suffer while Americans, even so-called poor Americans, live in relative luxury. Medal counts are farcical.<<
Poor Russians has multiple used vehicles and wide HDTVs too. They are part of a first world (from a low end though).
How many traditional winter events were in the original Olympics?
It’s the East German judges.
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