Over the past few days, it’s been tough to keep track of who’s on top in the Sochi Games’ medal count. With a blaze of events finishing up both while we’re all sleeping and awake, The Netherlands, United States, Norway, Canada and Russia have been at or hovering around the top. Russia’s rebounded after a sluggish start to grab the top spot with 29 medals, versus second-place United States’ 27 medals so far.
Of course, these two may fall from the top within the next few hours of this being written the way that things are going. And things are getting very tight with less than 10 of the original 98 events left to conclude.
If the USA wants to make up ground on Russia and claim the medal count, they’re going to have some work to do in the remaining few events. They took a major hit earlier today after losing the third-place hockey game to Finland by a score of 5-0. This was a demoralizing loss since America could’ve inched closer to Russia by beating Finland and winning a bronze medal.
This definitely wasn’t to be, though, as the Finns controlled the game from start to finish, taking a 2-0 lead into the third period. The last period is when the floodgates opened as Finland tacked on three more goals against a battered US squad.
The gold medal hockey game will be decided by Sweden and Canada tomorrow, the latter of which, we mentioned, is still in the hunt for the most medals. Many think that Canada could make a late run since they’re guaranteed a hockey medal and have a strong chance to pick up more in the men’s long-track speedskating pursuit, four-man bobsled and snowboard parallel slalom. Of course, they have 24 medals, so they’ve got some major ground to make up.
Norway certainly can’t be counted out of the discussion either because they have 26 medals and the opportunity to get more in the biathlon and cross country events. The US will also be trying to overtake Russia, with their defending champion four-man bobsled team chasing a gold medal again. Meanwhile, the host country is hoping to hold on to their lead and maybe add another medal or two over the closing days. Here’s a quick look at the medal count as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games wind down:
1. Russia: 11 golds, 10 silvers, 8 bronzes
2. United States: 9 golds, 7 silvers, 11 bronzes
3. Norway: 11 golds, 5 silvers, 10 bronzes
4. Canada: 9 golds, 10 silvers, 5 bronzes
5. The Netherlands: 8 golds, 7 silvers, 9 bronzes