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2014 Winter Olympics medal standings after day 2 see U.S. ranked third

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With two days of action that included 13 medal round events in the books, the 2014 Winter Olympics medal standings feature a clear leader in Norway, according to information posted to the Games' official website on Feb. 9.

Winter sport-rich Norway owns seven of the 39 medals that have been awarded to date in Sochi. Norwegian athletes, including six-time Olympian and 12-time Olympic medalist Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, have notched podium finishes in alpine skiing, cross country, ski jumping, biathlon and snowboarding events.

In second place with four (two gold, one silver and one bronze) medals, all in the discipline of long track speed skating, is the Netherlands. The United States also owns four medals, including golds for snowboard slopestyle riders Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson and bronze for women's moguls skier Hannah Kearney and the nation's figure skating team. They rank third because the Dutch team's silver medal carries more weight that the United States' bronze.

Canada and Russia are tied for fourth place with four medals, including one gold, one silver and one bronze each. Canadian athletes have successfully medaled in figure skating, snowboarding, and freesking events, while Russia has earned podium finishes in figure skating, luge, biathlon and speed skating.

Austria sits alone in sixth place with two total medals, including a gold in the men's downhill and silver in biathlon, while four nations, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Switzerland, are knotted in seventh place with a single gold medal apiece. The high-value of gold medal wins places those four nations above three other nations who have scored two medals each. Included are Sweden, who sits in 11th place with two silver medals; and the Czech Republic and Italy, whose respective teams have each earned one silver and one bronze though two days of competition in Sochi.

Finally, Finland and Slovenia are tied for 14th place with one silver medal each, while Great Britain and Ukraine are ranked 16th with one bronze apiece.

The 2014 Winter Olympics medal standings will update again after the third day of competition in Sochi, which is scheduled to kick off at 9 PM Pacific time Feb. 9 with the first curling matches of the Games.



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