The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia came to an end on Sunday, February 23 with the fanfare of the closing ceremonies. Three weeks of intense competition is now over and all that’s left are the final medal counts. So, how did the United States do? Did we finish on the top or were we left in the snow?
The United States placed second in overall medal count – with an impressive 28 medals. That’s the most medals the United States has ever taken home off of North American soil. However, even with finishing second in overall medal count, the United States actually came in fourth in the gold medal count, with 9 Olympic golds. Even with the impressive number of medals brought home by the United States, Russia is the country that made a real statement: the Russian Federation brought home a remarkable 33 medals. Not only did they finish first in the overall medal count, but they also won in the most gold medals won by any country with 13 gold medals.
If we compare the actual medal results to the poll we took earlier this month: Which Nation will win the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Medal Count – We would have all guessed wrong. The polls show that the majority of people thought Canada would be the medal leader after the three-week competition was over, receiving 40% of all votes. And the actual medal count winner, Russia, was underestimated and given only 3% of all votes. It looks like Russia surprised many and proved that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Looking to the future, The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and between then and now, we may see some veteran olympians retire and new faces emerge as top athletes to watch. So, which country do you think will be the overall medal winner in 2018? Reigning champion, Russia? Home-turf advantage, South Korea? Or maybe good ol’ US of A? We will just have to wait and find out.