After day seven of the 2014 Winter Olympics, medal standings posted to the Games' official website spell out good news for fans of team USA, as Feb. 14 saw the nation move into a tie for first place overall with Norway on the strength of a silver medal finish by skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace. Both countries enter day eight with 13 identical total medals, including four gold, three silver, and six bronze each.
Tied for third place overall with 12 medals each are the Netherlands and Russia. While the Dutch didn't add to their medal count on Feb. 14, Russia added a single bronze medal in women's skeleton. Alone in fifth place is Canada, whose figure skating star Patrick Chan snagged a silver in the men's final.
With a whopping field-best seven first place finishes, Germany leads the gold medal count, but with just 10 total, they rank only sixth overall. Seventh place belongs to Switzerland and Sweden, whose athletes have earned seven medals. The Swiss were the among biggest gainers of day seven, adding gold medals in alpine skiing and cross country events and a silver in biathlon.
Austria is ranked ninth with five medals, while six nations share 10th place with four each. Included are Belarus, China, France, Japan, Slovenia, and Italy. The most impressive showing of Feb. 14 belonged to the Belarusians, who added three medals to their haul, including a gold for freeskier Alla Tsuper in women's aerials.
The Czech Republic's three medals rank them 16th overall, while Poland, Korea, Great Britain, Australia, and Latvia are tied for 17th with two each. The final five nations appearing on the medal count leader board as of the close of day seven action have one medal each, tying them for 19th place. Included are Slovakia, Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.