When day eight of athletic competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics came to a close on Feb. 15, a brand new leader emerged from the pack as host nation Russia stood alone atop the medal count standings for the first time with 15 total podium finishes, according to data posted to the Games' official website. The Russians bolstered their position with three medal-worthy performances on day eight in skeleton and short track speed skating events.
After holding the medal count lead on day seven and despite skeleton athlete Matt Antoine's bronze medal performance on Feb. 15, the United States fell into a tie for second place with the Netherlands with 13 total podium placements. The Dutch continued their near-historic speed skating dominance with a day eight bronze in short track and silver in long track. To date at the Sochi Games, Dutch men have won nine of the 12 long track medals awarded.
Alone in fourth place with 13 medals is Norway, who shared the top spot on the day seven leader board with the United States. Germany and Canada are tied for fifth place with 12 each, while Sweden holds the seven-spot with eight medals.
Eighth place features a tie between Switzerland and Austria, whose dominance in alpine skiing events has secured them seven medals apiece, while 10th place belongs to a quartet of nations. China, Japan, Slovenia, and Italy have five medals each through day eight.
Three nations, Poland, Belarus, and France, follow in 14th place with four medals each, while another trio in Korea, the Czech Republic, and Latvia have each earned three medals, placing them in a tie for 17th place.
Great Britain, Finland, and Australia have two podium finishes each, tying them for 20th place. Finally, the last four nations on the leader board, Slovakia, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, have earned a single medal apiece while in Sochi.
Day nine of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics commences Feb. 15 at 9 PM Pacific time with more men's round robin curling action.