After a slow start at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Team USA is finally tied with The Netherlands in the Olympics medal count. It took 12 days, but both countries have a total of 20 medals each, including six golds. Netherlands also has six silver and eight bronze medals, to America’s four silver and 10 bronze medals. But, the Dutch are doing this all with an army of 41 athletes at the Sochi games, to America’s whopping 230. (Germany is still the country with the most gold medals, leading with eight.)
The Olympics haven’t been easy for Team USA. There have been more disappointments, then miracles on ice out of Sochi. Snowboarder Shaun White failed to medal. Bode Miller won a bronze in his forth race, the Super-G, but failed to medal in the Men’s Downhill, Super Combined – Slalom and Super Combined – Downhill. Soft snow was blamed for the poor finishes, while the U.S. speedskating team tried to blame their hi-tech suits for their less than stellar results.
On Tuesday, world champion David Wise took home his first gold for the US in the men’s ski halfpipe competition. American Alex Deibold came in third in the men’s snowboard cross, while two-time world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White finally got their first Olympic ice dancing gold for the United States on Monday.
With its many tribulations at Sochi, America has opened the doors for several other countries at the Games. Some 26 different flags have been raised during medal ceremonies at the Sochi Olympics. That was the same number combined for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games, reports the USA Today.