After nine days of athletic competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the United States and Russia are tied for second place in the medal count, with the Netherlands on top in first place. Yesterday, Team USA was tied for first, but dropped down one position. As posted by Bleacher Report on Feb. 15, the Netherlands swept the medal stand in the women’s 1,500 speedskating event, thus shoring up their medal count.
On Sunday, the United States won two medals in skiing. Eric Weibrecht earned silver and Bode Miller tied Canadian Jan Hudec for a bronze medal. Even after changing suits, the USA speedskating team fell short in one of the closest finishes ever in a Winter Games. Zbigniew Brodka won Poland’s first gold medal in the men’s 1,500 meters, with Koen Verweij of the Netherlands coming in a very close second for the silver medal. The bronze went to Denny Morrison from Canada.
Other highlights included a 3-2 win against Russia for the United States men’s hockey team. According to the “Washington Post,” T.J. Oshie scored four times as Vladimir Putin looked on from the stands. However, Alexander Tretiakov, known as the “Russian Rocket,” captured the gold medal in men’s skeleton. Canada became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals in women’s curling.
Below is the Sochi medal count after nine days of competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics:
- First Place: The Netherlands (5 golds, 5 silvers and 7 bronze medals) = 17
- Tied for Second Place: Russia (4 golds, 7 silvers and 5 bronze medals) = 16, and the United States (4 golds, 4 silvers and 8 bronze medals) = 16
- Tied for Third Place: Norway (5 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronze medals) = 14, and Canada (4 golds, 6 silvers and 4 bronze medals) = 14
- Fourth Place: Germany (7 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze medals) = 12
- Fifth Place: Sweden (2 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals) = 9
Switzerland, Austria and France round out the top ten Olympic medal winners as of 2 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Sochi Winter Games.
- 2 p.m. EST: NBCSN – Women’s curling (SWE vs. Russia) and men’s (GBR vs. NOR)
- 3 p.m. EST: NBC - Snowboarding (Women's SBX), Cross-Country (men's 4x10km relay)
- 3 p.m. EST: NBCSN – Hockey encore (USA vs. SLO)
- 4 p.m. EST: CNBC – Men’s curling (USA vs. SWE)
- 4:30 p.m. EST: NBCSN – Hockey game of the day: Men’s (USA vs. Russia)
- 7 p.m. EST: NBC – Alpine skiing (men’s Super-G), snowboarding (women's SBX), figure skating (short dance), bobsled (two-man)
To view the entire TV schedule for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on NBC, NBC Sports, USA, MSNBC, and CNBC, simply click on this NBC Olympics link and then choose the date/time.
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