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Final Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 medal count: Russia finishes with most medals
SB Nation ^ | Feb 23, 2014

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: medals; sochiolympics

1 posted on 02/23/2014 9:04:42 AM PST by Altenkrug
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To: Altenkrug

But don’t drink the water.


2 posted on 02/23/2014 9:05:55 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Altenkrug

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....


3 posted on 02/23/2014 9:14:57 AM PST by hulagirl (Mother Theresa was right)
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To: Altenkrug

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


4 posted on 02/23/2014 9:18:15 AM PST by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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To: hulagirl

I thought that guy was Dutch


5 posted on 02/23/2014 9:18:50 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Altenkrug

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.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 9:22:46 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Altenkrug

I’m not sure what it is about Russia but for some reason, I’m not surprised that they did well in winter sports.


7 posted on 02/23/2014 9:24:13 AM PST by fso301
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8 posted on 02/23/2014 9:27:22 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Altenkrug

Maybe we could have a homosexual Olympics. I’ll bet we could win that one easily.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 9:29:43 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Altenkrug

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.


10 posted on 02/23/2014 9:30:33 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

I watched 0 minutes of it, and missed nothing, it soon will be called the UN Olympics.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 9:30:40 AM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: Altenkrug

I say revise the count for where athletes currently live and train.

The US wins that count, hands down.


12 posted on 02/23/2014 9:31:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Altenkrug
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.

Canada has the population of California. Norway has the population of Colorado. Not bad.

13 posted on 02/23/2014 9:34:56 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Moonman62

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.


14 posted on 02/23/2014 9:36:47 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: All

Wow, that was totally unexpected.

*rollseyes*


15 posted on 02/23/2014 9:36:50 AM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Altenkrug

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.


16 posted on 02/23/2014 9:36:52 AM PST by Spok ("What're you going to believe-me or your own eyes?" -Marx (Groucho))
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To: dfwgator

Yup. Snowboarding and X skiing. The US even swept the podium twice I think.


17 posted on 02/23/2014 9:40:35 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Spok

>>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).


18 posted on 02/23/2014 9:41:57 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: dfwgator

How many traditional winter events were in the original Olympics?


19 posted on 02/23/2014 9:43:04 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Altenkrug

It’s the East German judges.

Oh, wait...


20 posted on 02/23/2014 9:43:22 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: fso301

It didn’t hurt that they “imported” a Korean short track star. He won several gold medals.


21 posted on 02/23/2014 9:44:02 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: hulagirl

It’s very impressive. Norway is so much smaller than Russia and the US.

Canada did very well too, in 4th place but 20 out of their 25 medals are gold or silver (10 of each). I feel ignorant realizing I have no idea what the pop. of Canada is, I just know they all live in a little strip close to the US Border.

Congrats to all the winners!


22 posted on 02/23/2014 9:44:28 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Altenkrug

The US has never really been a powerhouse in the winter olympics, so the total medal count is a pretty good showing. If it were not for the recent addition of x game type events, the US showing would have been very mediocre. The USOC needs to do some work in the traditional olympic events. Funny how most of the big names, did not do very well.
Also, women’s hockey has more soul than men’s hockey. Men’s hockey is essentially NHL players on hiatus — not really the same thing as the 1980’s team of amateurs at all. The US women are basically amateurs, even if some of them end playing in some sort of women’s professional league. The games, themselves don’t have the same gravitas as they did during the cold war. Back then, I think national pride made the competition more intense.


23 posted on 02/23/2014 9:45:18 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Altenkrug

Which country had the most members sign the petition against climate change?


24 posted on 02/23/2014 9:46:16 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jocon307

Population of Canada is about 35 million, a little less than that of California.


25 posted on 02/23/2014 9:47:55 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

Plus 2 more hockey golds. Not bad for the Canucks.


26 posted on 02/23/2014 9:51:24 AM PST by AnAmericanInEngland
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To: jocon307

Norway is a very fit, athletics-oriented country.

While in the glorious Corps, we did cold weather training there. I was impressed by how active and fit everyone was there. People were out and about going to gyms, swimming pools, and skiing, etc. They own the snow. The women are gorgeous, of course.


27 posted on 02/23/2014 9:51:33 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

indoor swimming pools, of course....LOL.


28 posted on 02/23/2014 9:52:34 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Moonman62

These should be the only Winter Olympic events:

Skiing - Downhill and Slalom, and Cross-Country (Skiing should not have ‘style points’)
Ski Jumping
Speedskating
Biathlon
Figure Skating (NO ICE DANCING)
Hockey
Bobsled
Luge

THAT’S IT!!!

Other sports go to the X-Games.


29 posted on 02/23/2014 9:53:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Agree. Too many switch citizenships as often as they switch hats. If it's not citizenship, then they move to another country and train there. And the coaches pack up and move right along with them. There are no “countries” in the Olympics except maybe the Jamaican bobsled team.
30 posted on 02/23/2014 10:20:45 AM PST by bgill
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To: dfwgator

Falling should eliminate you from any medal.


31 posted on 02/23/2014 10:25:58 AM PST by bgill
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To: 3Fingas

So they are 1/10th our size, thanks. See, you really do learn something every day, esp. if you hang out on FR.


32 posted on 02/23/2014 10:32:11 AM PST by jocon307
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To: bgill

I don’t think it’s that easy to change the country that you compete for, even if you can change citizenship. In hockey it’s probably not even worthwhile to do this. If you have already competed for Country A and you then become a citizen of Country B, I believe you have to go through a four-year waiting process and play for your new country in a lot of international tournaments before the International Ice Hockey Federation will let you represent Country B in the Olympics.


33 posted on 02/23/2014 10:42:35 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: 3Fingas
Population of Canada is about 35 million, a little less than that of California.

Did California win any medals at all.................

34 posted on 02/23/2014 10:51:19 AM PST by varon (Para bellum)
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To: txrefugee

Its all the Gold Medals money can buy! BUT, that being said—its a fun outlet—and one that might do a great deal to offer a bit of peace and competition. A harmless event for the most part. This yea a lot of smaller, Second Class Nations, got to take home a bag of medals. Norway did well, with even their King coming to root for the home team. Even grim face Putin came and cheered as his Hockey team lost out. Where was Obama? Where was his “beautiful” wife? (where was Putins?).


35 posted on 02/23/2014 11:33:54 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: blueunicorn6

NBC presented it as one with some of their commentators.


36 posted on 02/23/2014 12:01:32 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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To: hulagirl
That was the Dutch speed skating coach.
37 posted on 02/23/2014 12:02:59 PM PST by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Chgogal

So the nbc homo-fest is FINALLY OVER !


38 posted on 02/23/2014 12:08:28 PM PST by bicyclerepair (TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS .......... TERM LIMITS)
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To: hulagirl

Netherlands did very well in speed skating this time out. Traditionally the USA has done well in that sport (Eric/Beth Heiden, Bonnie Blair, etc...)

I don’t think footballers’ second choice would be speed skating, nor that speed skaters’ second choice would be football.


39 posted on 02/23/2014 2:03:14 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: varon

California has the highest total of winter olympians in 2014. Vt had the highest number per capita. The colder states, as you could imagine, produced more winter olympians.

http://www.sportsgrid.com/olympic-sports/cool-map-which-states-produced-the-most-sochi-olympians/


40 posted on 02/23/2014 3:12:59 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Pining_4_TX
The host country almost always wins the most medals (or at least more than it would otherwise).

I dunno ...the next winter games are in South Korea. Their hockey players had better get practicing OVERTIME.

41 posted on 02/23/2014 3:17:12 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: Dartman
Their hockey players had better get practicing OVERTIME.

With the way the US played yesterday, they'd probably would have lost to the South Koreans.

42 posted on 02/23/2014 3:18:04 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
Putin brought his former olympian mistress. Well, that's not hard to understand.

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43 posted on 02/23/2014 3:23:54 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 3Fingas

Not guilty


44 posted on 02/23/2014 3:27:55 PM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: Sideshow Bob

No kidding. She gets a lifetime free ticket out of jail.


45 posted on 02/23/2014 3:37:55 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: blueunicorn6

The next Olympics in the US will be a gay one. It will be wall to wall gay coverage. It won’t be pretty.


46 posted on 02/23/2014 4:07:43 PM PST by virgil
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