The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begins its final weekend and the race for the overall medal count has come down to five countries.
Team USA currently holds the overall lead with 25 medals (11 bronze), and host country Russia is second with 23, followed by Canada and the Netherlands with 22.
Norway is fifth overall with 21 medals, maintaining a stranglehold on the top award with 10 gold medals, four of which came in the cross country skiing events.
The U.S. looks to repeat as the overall champion after claiming 37 medals in Vancouver in 2010. Spurred by solid showings across the board in freestyle skiing and snowboarding, Team USA looks to join Germany, Norway and the former Soviet Union as the only countries to win consecutive Winter Games.
Canada can gain some ground by eliminating the Americans in Thursday’s men’s hockey semi-final, putting itself in line to win a ninth gold medal in the highly contested and popular event.
Controversial or not, Russia padded its medal count with five in figure skating including 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova capturing the country’s first ever gold medal in the Ladies’ singles competition.
Despite sending less than 20 percent of the athletes it does for the Summer Games, China has picked up four gold medals with two coming in the short-track speed skating competitions.
After placing second overall in 2010 with 30 medals, Germany has fallen back to sixth this year with 16 total medals, but is in a three-way tie with the U.S. and Canada with eight golds. The Germans were especially dominant once again in the luge events, equaling their Vancouver total of five medals but outdoing themselves with four golds this go round.
Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 8 6 11 25
Russia 7 9 7 23
Canada 8 10 4 22
Netherlands 6 7 9 22
Norway 10 4 7 21
Germany 8 4 4 16
France 4 4 7 15
Sweden 2 6 5 13
Switzerland 6 3 2 11
Austria 2 6 2 10
The full medal count can be found at NBC Olympics here.
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