The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are over with Russia finishing on top of the gold and overall medal count, while Norway’s dominance in the cross country and Nordic skiing events brought them to second place on the gold meter.
Canada finished third with a huge team-performance from their Ice Hockey and Curling teams (women and men). The United States had to settle four fourth (second overall) in golds, while the Netherlands finish in the top 5 thanks to their domination of the speed skating events.
Number 8 – Belarus
Belarus won five gold medals and six in total. Their big star without a doubt was Darya Domracheva, winning three golds in the Biathlon: Women’s pursuit, Women’s individual and Women’s mass start. Alla Tsuper and Anton Kushinr added gold in the women’s and men’s freestyle skiing.
Number 7 – Switzerland
The Swiss finished with 11 medals: six gold, 3 silver and two bronze. Dario Cologna won two gold medals in the Men’s 30 kilometre skiathlon and the Men’s 15 kilometre classical. Other gold medalists were Iouri Podladtchikov (Men’s halfpipe), Dominique Gisin (Women’s downhill), Sandro Viletta (men’s combined) and Patrizia Kummer (Women’s parallel giant slalom).
Number 6 – Germany
Germany finished with 8 gold medals and 19 in total, adding six of silver and five of bronze. Their most dominant field was the Luge with four gold medals: Natalie Geisenberger won in the women’s singles and the mixed team relay along with Felix Loch, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt. Loch won in the Men’s singles, while Arlt and Wendl also won in the men’s doubles. Maria Höfl-Riesch won the gold in the Alpine Skiing women’s combined, Eric Frenzel in the Nordic combined and Carina Vogt won in the ski jumping at the Women’s normal hill individual.
Number 5 – Netherlands
For the Netherlands, this was about Speed Skating complete dominance, winning 23 out of their 24 total medals at speed skating events, including 8 of gold. They had four different Gold-Silver-Bronze sweeps, and two more competitions with two Dutchmen or women on the podium.
Number 4 – United States
The United States finished with nine gold medals and 28 in total (Second in the Olympics). The young Mikaela Shiffrin won their final goal in the Women’s Slalom, capping off a haul brought by Maddie Bowman (Women’s Halfpipe), Ted Ligety (Men’s Giant Slalom), David Wise (Men’s Halfpipe), Meryl Davis & Charlie White (Ice Dancing), Joss Christenses (Men’s Slopestyle, in which they swept the G-S-B), Kaitlyn Farrington (Women’s Snowbard halfpipe), Jamie Anderson (Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle) and Sage Kotsenburg (Snowboard Men’s Slopetyle).
Number 3 – Canada
Canada swept the biggest team events in Sochi: They beat Sweden 3-0 in the Ice Hockey Men’s Final, the United States in Overtime 3-2 in the Women’s final. They also doubled up in Curling, with the Women beating Sweden 6-3 in the final and the Men beating Great Britain 9-3 in the final.
Number 2 – Norway
Norway finished with 11 gold medals and 26 in total, with Marit Bjoergen finishing as the big star, winning 3 gold medals in Cross Country Skiing: Women’s 15 km skiathlon, Women’s team sprint and Women’s 30 kilometre freestyle. Jørgen Graabak also picked up two gold medals in the Nordic combined: Individual large hill/10 km and Team large hill/4 × 5 km.
Number 1 – Russia
Russia disappointed in Ice Hockey, not winning a single medal, but finished on top of the gold and overall medal count with 13 & 33. Viktor Ahn was their big star with three golds to his name in the short track speed skating: Men’s 1000 metres, Men’s 500 metres and the Men’s 5000 metre relay. They also took team gold’s in Figure skating, Two-Man Bobsleigh, the Men’s relay in the Biathlon and the Four-man Bobsleigh.
|4||United States (USA)||9||7||12||28|
|13||South Korea (KOR)||3||3||2||8|
|15||Czech Republic (CZE)||2||4||2||8|
|19||Great Britain (GBR)||1||1||2||4|