The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin tomorrow, so millions of people are wondering how Team USA will fare. Will the American athletes be able to top the number of medals won in London back in 2012? How will the final medal count look after 18 days of competition? According to SB Nation on Feb. 5, the United States is favored to win the overall medal count in Sochi, but Norway could walk away with the most gold medals. Bovada agrees and thinks Norway, the USA, Germany, Russia, Canada and Austria have the highest chance of scoring gold in Sochi.
During the 2012 London Olympics, Team USA earned the most Olympic medals (104). Of the total, 46 were gold, 29 were silver, and 29 were bronze. China came in second place in the medal count with 87, followed by Russia (82), host country Great Britain (65), Germany (44), Japan (38), Australia (35), France (34), South Korea (28), and Italy (28).
The last Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver in 2010. Like it did in London, the United States took home more medals than any other country. Its first place total of 37 included nine gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze designations. Germany came in second place with 30 total Olympic medals, followed by host country Canada (26), Norway (23), Austria (16), Russia Federation (15), Korea (14), China (11), Sweden (11), and France (11).
NBC will cover every minute of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with television coverage on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network, plus live streaming on nbcolympics.com and on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. The total hours of coverage (1,539) will be more than those from the 2010 Vancouver and 2006 Turin Olympics combined.
Because Sochi is nine hours ahead of the Eastern Time zone, many events won’t be televised live as they happen. That’s why NBCSN is set to air live events daily from 3 a.m. EST until 3 p.m. EST. Coverage includes every Olympic figure skating program – a first for any Winter Games.
Due to the fact that there are more events than ever before, competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi begins one day prior to the Opening Ceremony. As a result, NBC will start its primetime coverage on Thursday, Feb. 6, one night before the Opening Ceremony on Friday Feb. 7, another Olympic first for the network.
The primetime broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 will include the debut of snowboard slopestyle (men’s and women’s), team figure skating (which is also in the Olympics for the first time), and women’s freestyle moguls. Surprisingly, the “New York Times” reported on Feb. 5 that Shaun White, a favorite to win a few gold medals for Team USA, pulled out of the Olympic slopestyle competition on Wednesday. He explained on the “Today” show:
After much deliberation with my team, I have made the decision to focus solely on trying to bring home the third straight gold medal in halfpipe for Team USA. The difficult decision to forgo slopestyle is not one I take lightly as I know how much effort everyone has put into holding the slopestyle event for the first time in Olympic history, a history I had planned on being a part of.
To see White talk about pulling out of the competition, be sure to watch the above video.
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