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Medal Count 2014 Olympics: Updated Day 2 Tally and Day 3 Storylines to Watch

Ireen Wust of the Netherlands celebrates winning gold during the flower ceremony for the women's 3,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVAugust 21, 2016

The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi are in full swing, and the excitement surrounding the updated medal count has fans from all over the world trying to determine where their home country sits in the standings.

Day 2 featured a packed schedule, and there is no question that Monday, Feb. 10, will live up to the expectations set for Day 3.

Here is the latest medal count and the storylines to watch on Day 3 of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

*All stats and information via Sochi2014.com.

 

Updated Medal Count

 

Day 3 Storylines to Watch

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08:  Head coach Katey Stone of the United States looks on from the bench during the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A Game against Finland on day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 8, 2014 i
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Team USA vs. Switzerland in Women’s Hockey Group Stage

The women’s hockey tournament promises to be one of the fiercest competitions of the entire Winter Olympics, and few teams have as much raw talent and ability as Team USA.

After winning Game 1 of group stage, beating Finland 3-1, the American squad will take on Switzerland on Day 3. It will be a fierce matchup with plenty of offensive firepower.

Team USA head coach Katey Stone spoke to the Associated Press (via ESPN) about scoring any way possible in this tournament: “We talk a lot about how there are no snapshots on the scorecard. If it's an ugly one, it's an ugly one. And sometimes against a fantastic goaltender that's how you have to get it done.”

The biggest key for the United States women will be goalie Jessie Vetter. She has been one of the most consistent players leading into the tournament, and she has performed at her highest level under the most pressure.

If Team USA wants to win gold, Vetter and the entire roster around her must step up big against Switzerland and set the tone for Group A and for the rest of the teams in the tournament.

 

Feb 4, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; J.R. Celski addresses the media in a press conference prior to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games at Main Press Center-Dostoyevsky Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Finals for the Men's Short Track 1,500 Meters Speedskating

For fans who love speedskating, the men’s short-track 1,500 meters is one of the most popular events in the sport. As one of the fastest races of the Winter Olympics, the raw speed and tight turns make this one of the most interesting events fans will witness.

Canadian star Charles Hamelin comes into the event as the World Cup leader and the favorite to win the event. Team USA’s best hope comes in the form of J.R. Celski. The American skater finished in third place in 2010 but will be looking for even more in 2014.

NBC’s Willie Cornblatt talks about Monday's competition:

The retirement of Apolo Ohno has left a void on Team USA, and Celski is determined to take over as the top dog in the 1,500-meter race.

Another top contender will be former South Korean gold medalist Viktor AhnAhn has been dealing with injuries, though, and despite his history of dominance in this event, the veteran is considered a sleeper in this event.

With such a deep field, Winter Olympics fans can’t afford to miss this medal event.

 

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