2014 Winter Olympics

Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Twitter Reacts to Final Standings on Day 3

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10:  Gold medalist Alex Bilodeau of Canada celebrates during the flower ceremony for the Men's Moguls Finals on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2014

Day 3 in Sochi marked the rise of mighty Canada in the official 2014 Winter Olympics medal count. 

With three medals on Monday—including two golds—Canada's three-day total bloomed to seven, moving the nation ahead of the Netherlands, which also had another big day.

Here's a look at all the top nations through three days of action:

Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star noted this as the first time ever that Canada has led a medals count at the Olympics:

SI.com's Richard Deitsch waxed poetic about the achievement, referencing a magically delicious dish Canadians are famous for:

As is the case every year, those who immerse themselves in the Olympic experience often experience anxiety regarding how wellor how poorlyone's home nation might be doing compared to the rest of the world. 

Paul Wells of Maclean's magazine captured this dynamic perfectly after Canada's huge day:

But Day 3 wasn't all about Canada.

As mentioned in the opening, the Netherlands also had a big day, doing tremendous damage in just one event. Dutch speedskaters swept the men's 500-meter race on Monday, knocking American Shani Davis off the podium to win three medals in one fell swoop.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10:  (L-R) Silver medalist Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands, gold medallist Michel Mulder of the Netherlands and bronze medalist Ronald Mulder of the Netherlands celebrate on the podium during the flower ceremony for the Men's 500m
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A clean sweep wasn't the most remarkable aspect of the result, either. As detailed by IceNetwork, a couple of twins—Michel and Ronald Mulder—were two of the three medalists in the event:

Another remarkable result from Monday's action was the bronze medal won by America's Julia Mancuso in the women's super combined ski race. Mancuso hasn't medaled all season long during World Cup competitions, but like she's done in the past, she performed at her best on the world's biggest stage. 

She even had the lead for a while. This impressive series of events caused B/R's Dan Levy to believe Mancuso must have mixed feelings about her finish:

In the long run, her fourth career Olympic medal not only helped Mancuso cement herself as the greatest American woman Olympian skier in history, but it also helped the U.S. contingency hang around atop the medal standings for another day. 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10:  Bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 1
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The Olympics aren't about medal counts for every fan, however. There are those who prefer to cheer for every nation. Courtesy of BuzzFeed Sports, here's an example of one such fan:

Additionally, there are those who couldn't care less about medal counts, like Chirp Hard Hockey, which is focused on just one particular sport (color me shocked):

With three days down, there are still 13 more to go until the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi come to an end. Medal counts are likely to fluctuate from day to day, but as it happens every four years, there are always a handful of nations that emerge as winter-sport powerhouses. 

It's going to be fun to see how the action unfolds this time around, and with so many events yet to be contested, there's plenty left to see. 

 

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