After nine days of athletic competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the medal count continues to rise for Team USA. So, what countries have won the most medals so far? The United States inched up to the top of the medal count leaderboard after a sweep at the podium in the Ski Slopestyle event. Team USA is now tied for first place with Norway, a traditional powerhouse at the Winter Games. As posted by ESPN on Feb. 13, American skiers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goeper all stood on the awards podium to accept their gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals.
It was only the third sweep for Team USA at any Winter Olympics. After winning the gold, Christensen stated to the press, “I am shocked. I am stoked to be up here with my friends.” Goepper, his friend and fellow medalist added, “I think it’s going to give the U.S. a lot more confidence, and it’s going to get a lot of people really excited.” That it did. To see Matt Lauer interview the Freeski Slopestyle history makers, head to NBCOlympics.com.
In other Olympic news from Feb. 13 and 14, Russia’s biggest hope for Gold in men’s figure skating, Evgeni Plushenko, dropped out of the Sochi Olympics due to an injury. His strong performance helped Russia win its first ever team gold, but he withdrew before his short program in the individual race for gold. According to Fox News, his determination just couldn’t override a nagging and persistent back injury. “I tried – I tried until the end,” the legendary skater said on Friday. He then tearfully added that it was the end of his long career. On Friday night, NBC will air the men’s finals in ice skating.
Below is the Sochi medal count after nine days of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics:
- Tied for first place: Norway (4 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronze medals) = 13, and the United States (4 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronze medals) = 13
- Second place: Netherlands (4 golds, 3 silvers and 5 bronze medals) = 12
- Tied for third place: Germany (7 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze medal) = 10, and Canada (4 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronze medals) = 10
- Tied for fourth place: Switzerland (5 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal) = 7, and Sweden (0 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals) = 7
- Fifth place: Austria (1 gold, 4 silvers and 0 bronze medals) = 5
- 8 p.m. EST: NBC – Alpine Skiing (Men's Super-Combined), Skeleton (Women's Runs 3 and 4), Figure Skating (Men's Free Skate)
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