At the close of day 14 of athletic competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, a medal standings update posted to the Games' official website on Feb. 21 shows that though the United States still holds a slim lead in the overall count with 27 total podium finishes, several other nations are gunning for top billing.
Team USA added two more medals to the nation's haul on Feb. 21, including a gold for alpine skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin in the women's slalom, and a silver for the short track speed skating team in the men's 5,000 meter relay. The short track team's silver was the first speed skating medal earned by the U.S. at the 2014 Games.
Just one medal behind with 26 overall is host nation Russia, who added three to their Sochi collection on Feb. 21 in cross country and short track events. Canada, who defeated the U.S. in men's hockey on day 14 to advance to the gold medal game against Sweden, sits in third place with 24 medals.
Tied for fourth place overall are Norway and the Netherlands with 22 medals each, while Germany holds sixth place with 16 and France follows in the seven-spot with 15. Sweden enters day 15 in eighth place with 14 medals total.
Austria, who added two more alpine skiing medals to their total on Feb. 21, holds ninth place with 12 medals, while Switzerland rounds out the top 10 with 11. China rests alone in 11th place with nine podium finishes, while three nations --the Czech Republic, Italy, and Japan-- are tied for 12th place with eight medals apiece.
Fifteenth place features a tie between Korea and Slovenia, who own seven medals each, while Belarus is alone in 17th place with six. Three nations, including Poland, Finland, and Great Britain, are knotted in a tie for 18th place with four medals each, while Australia and Latvia's three medals each tie them for 21st and Ukraine's two podium finishes leave them alone in 23rd.
Finally, the bottom of the Olympic medal standings leader board at the close of day 14 features a three-way tie for 24th place involving Slovakia, Croatia, and Kazakhstan, whose respective teams have earned one Sochi medal each.
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia continue Feb. 22.