On the strength of yet another dominant performance in long track speedskating, the Netherlands slid into first with 17 total medals. The Dutch ladies executed a podium sweep in the women's 1,500 meter event, with Jorien Ter Mors setting a new Olympic record time of 1:53.41 to take gold, while her countrywomen Irene Wust and Lotte Van Beek claimed silver and bronze. The Netherlands has claimed 16 of the 24 long track speedskating medals awarded through eight days of competition in Sochi, with nine of them coming via podium sweeps.
Tied for second place with 16 total medals each are Russia and the United States. The Russians, who led the overall medal count after day eight, fell to second place after winning just a single medal, a silver in the men's 4x10 km cross country relay, on day nine. The United States added two medals in alpine skiing as both Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller scored podium finishes in the men's super-G on Feb. 16.
With 14 medals apiece, Norway and Canada are tied for fourth place, while Germany, who leads the gold medal count with seven, is ranked sixth with 12 overall. Sweden is ranked seventh with nine podium finishes, and two nations, Switzerland and Austria, are tied for eighth with seven medals each.
France rests alone in 10th place with six Winter Games medals to date, while a quartet of nations that includes China, Japan, Slovenia, and Italy are knotted in a tie for 11th place with five each.
Poland, Belarus, and the Czech Republic follow in the 15-spot with four podium placements per nation, while 18th place belongs to two countries with three medals each: Korea and Latvia.
Great Britain, Finland, and Australia follow in a three-way tie for 20th place. Finally, four nations sit at the bottom of the 2014 Olympic medal standings in 23rd place with one medal win each through day eight. Included are Slovakia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine.
Action from the Sochi Winter Games continues Feb. 17 with seven more medal round finals.