SOCHI, Russia -- After 18 days of host duties, Russia can certainly call the 2014 Winter Olympics a resounding success.
All sporting events came to an end following Canada's victory over Sweden in the men's hockey final, 3-0. Men's hockey was the most disappointing sport for Russia, as the host country was expected to reach the medal round. While anything less than a gold would have been a disappointment, the Russians were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
But there were many bright spots for Russia. Adding four medals to its total on the last day of competition, Russia kept hold of the overall medal tally with 33, and claimed the prestigious crown of most golds with 13.
Dominating the short track, cross country skiing and figure skating events with five total medals in each, Russia also led all countries with 11 silver medals.
Russia picked up two more golds, a silver, and a bronze on the Games final day. Alexander Legkov led Russia’s sweep of the men’s cross country 50km mass start medals, and Alexandr Zubkov piloted the host country’s gold in the four-man bobsleigh, picking up his second gold in these games and becoming the sixth pilot in history to sweep the four-man and two-man bobsleigh.
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The U.S. added another bronze medal on the final day, upping its total to 28 medals for second place overall. Team USA’s last medal came from the four-man bobsleigh team known as “Night Train 2,” led by 2010 champion Steven Holcomb, who tied his country’s all-time mark with three career medals.
With a chance to catch the Americans for second and to equal the Russians in gold, Norway was stagnant on the last day and held their previous medal total of 26 for third overall. Still, the Norwegians notched 11 golds this year, good for second behind Russia, and two more than the U.S.
It was also a successful Winter Games for Canada. The Canadians' men hockey victory helped then earn back-to-back golds in the event for the first time since 1952. The women's hockey team captured gold by defeating the U.S., their main rival.
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russia 13 11 9 33
USA 9 7 12 28
Norway 11 5 10 26
Canada 10 10 5 25
Netherlands 8 7 9 24
Germany 8 6 5 19
Austria 4 8 5 17
France 4 4 7 15
Sweden 2 7 6 15
Switzerland 6 3 2 11
The full list of standings can be found at NBC Olympics here.
Bobby Ilich contributed to this report from Sochi.