The Sochi Report: Russia Wins The Most Medals At 2014 Winter Olympics

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By: / February 24, 2014

With home court advantage on their side, Russia took home the most medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

On the last day of competition, the Russians earned another four medals, two of them golds after winning the men’s cross-country 50K mass start race and four-man bobsled competition. The Russian final medal count was 33 total. Of those 33, 9 were bronze, 11 silver and 13 were gold, an Olympic high for the nation governed under Putin.

The United States were next in the overall medal count with 28 total. Some contend that the U.S. Olympic team performed under par, with many favorites like downhill skier Bode Miller, speed skater Shani Davis, mogul skier Hannah Kearney and snowboarders Lindsey Jacobellis, Hannah Teter, Shaun White, Danny Davis and Gregory Bretz all failing to medal or get gold in the events they usually dominate. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in Canada, Team USA brought home a whopping 37 medals, 9 of them gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze. In Sochi, they also managed to bring home 9 gold medals, but only 7 silver and 12 bronze.

Norway had the third most overall medals with 26, and were second when it came to gold medals with 11 thanks to strong finishes in several cross-country and biathlon events. Canada was fourth overall in the Sochi medal count with 25 total, but they were third when it came to bringing home the most gold. The Canadians pushed ahead of Team USA when it came to gold medals in the end thanks to the men’s hockey team, who won against Sweden in a 3-0 shutout in the finals.

The Netherlands rounded out the top five with 24 medals total after dominating the speed skating competitions in Sochi. The Dutch tied for fifth with 8 gold medals with the usually more successful German Olympic team. Germany won the most medals at both the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games, and won 30 medals in Vancouver in 2010. They only brought home 19 total in Sochi.

The Winter Olympics head to PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, where several athletes will get another chance at gold. The Summer Olympics head to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.