Host nation Russia tops Sochi 2014 medal tally24 February 2014
SOCHI 2014: Host nation Russia has given its adoring fans even more to cheer about, winning four medals on the final day of the Olympics to seal top spot on the medal tally.
The Russians raced away to a clean sweep – their first ever at an Olympic Winter Games – in the men’s 50km Mass Start Free Cross Country event. They then added a gold medal in the 4-man Bobsleigh for an impressive haul of 33 medals: 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze.
Norway finished just behind Russia with 26 medals: 11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze, followed by Canada in third place with 24 medals including 9 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze.
It is the second time Russia has topped the table at a Winter Games, the first being at Lillehammer 1994.
It is the fourth time the host nation has emerged victorious, following Lake Placid 1932, Oslo 1952 and Vancouver 2010.
There were eight medal sweeps at these Olympics, exceeding the previous record of five set at Innsbruck 1964. The Netherlands made four in Speed Skating, the USA in the men’s Ski Slopestyle, France in the men’s Ski Cross, Norway in the women’s 30km Mass Start Free Cross Country, Russia in the 4-man Bobsleigh.
Nine nations won record hauls of either gold medals or total medals. They were Belarus, Czech Republic, France, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden.
Germany and the United States finished further down the table compared to Vancouver 2010. There, they were second and third respectively. At Sochi, they were sixth and fourth.
Norway dominated the Biathlon and Cross Country, Canada dominated the Curling and Ice Hockey, Germany dominated the Luge, the Netherlands dominated the Speed Skating.
Australia finished 24th at these Games with three medals: Torah Bright’s Halfpipe silver, David Morris’s Aerials silver and Lydia Lassila’s Aerials bronze. The three medals equalled the record haul from Vancouver 2010.
Note: you can see all medallist by clicking on the country in the table.