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Russia Tops Olympic Medal Count, US Second

By Ran Northam Posted February 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

The 2014 winter Olympics, marking the 22nd winter games, came to a close yesterday, and the United Statse did not fare in the medal count the way it expected.

The host country, Russia, took the most medals, including the most gold medals. With 33 overall, the Russians took five more than the next highest count held by the Americans. The Russian Federation bested Norway for the most gold medals, 13, and took one more silver medal than Canada with 11.

One of the biggest disappointments for the US was in hockey. Hockey powerhouse Canada, which took the gold medal, knocked the United States out of the gold-medal game with a 1-0 decision in the semifinals. After that heartbreaker, the Americans were trounced in the bronze-medal game 5-0 to Finland.

The US women took the silver medal in ice hockey after falling to Canada, 3-2 in overtime.

Shaun White was also expected to take gold again in the snowboarding halfpipe, but he missed the podium by two points.

In all, Americans brought home the fourth-most gold medals, nine, seven silver medals, and the most bronze medals, 12, totaling 28.

The next chance for winter Olympians takes place in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018.

In two years, the summer Olympics head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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