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2014 Winter Olympics medal standings: A new leader emerges on day 15

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With just one day of competition left at the 2014 Winter Olympics, medal standings information posted to the Sochi Games' official website on Feb. 22 show a new overall medal count leader in host nation Russia, who brings a field-best 29 total podium finishes into day 16.

Russia added three medals to their count on day 15, including golds in the men's 4x7.5 km biathlon relay and the men's parallel snowboard slalom event, and a bronze in the ladies' long track speed skating team pursuit. After a win-less day of competition, the United States sits in second place with 27 medals, while an impressive four-medal day that included a podium sweep of the ladies' 30 km mass start free cross country event propelled Norway into third place with 26 overall.

The Netherlands and Canada are tied for fourth place with 24 medals each. The Dutch continued their unprecedented domination over all-things long track speed skating on Feb. 22 by taking gold and setting new Olympic records in both the men's and women's pursuit finals, while like the U.S., Canada's medal count stayed static.

Germany follows in sixth place with 19 medals, while Austria and France are seventh and eighth with 17 and 15 podium finishes, respectively. Sweden, who will play Canada for men's ice hockey gold on Feb. 23, is ninth with 14 medals, while Switzerland rounds out the top 10 with 11 overall.

China ranks 11th with nine medals, while five different nations, including Korea, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Japan, and Italy, are tied for 12th place with eight apiece. Six medals each give Belarus and Poland a tie for 17th place on the leader board, while Finland, who defeated the U.S. for men's hockey bronze on Feb. 22, is alone in the 19-spot with five podium finishes.

Great Britain's four medals rank them 20th, while Australia and Latvia share 21st place with three each and Ukraine is 23rd with two. A trio of nations that includes Slovakia, Croatia, and Kazakhstan round out the bottom of the leader board with one medal apiece.

The last day of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia is scheduled for Feb. 23, and will feature the last three medal round finals: the men's cross country 50 km mass start free, the four-man bobsled, and the gold medal men's hockey game.



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