Olympic 2014 Results: Tracking Medal Count for Each Country on Day 4

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Olympic 2014 Results: Tracking Medal Count for Each Country on Day 4
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The 2014 Winter Olympics are in full swing as 18 of the 98 gold medals have been awarded through the first three days of competition in Sochi, Russia.

Canada led the way with 14 gold medals at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. And coming into Day 4, the Canadians are out in front yet again with three golds, three silvers and a bronze. 

The Netherlands, Norway, Russia and the United States aren't far behind, though.

With Day 4 underway, let's take a closer look at the updated medal count.

Canada Off to Fast Start

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Thanks to some dominant performances on the slopes and in the short-track speedskating oval on Day 3, Canada enters Day 4 in first place in the medal count with three golds, three silvers and seven total.

Alex Bilodeau and Mikael Kingsbury won gold and silver, respectively in the men's ski moguls final, while Charles Hamelin was able to capture gold in the men's 1500-meter short-track speedskating final.

Canada will have another strong shot at gold on Day 4 when dynamic snowboarder Kaya Turski tries her luck in the women's ski slopestyle competition. The 25-year-old has yet to win an Olympic medal, but has an impressive resume and arsenal of tricks she's likely to utilize at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

 

Netherlands, Norway Battle for Second

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The Netherlands and Norway are tied with Canada in total medals won through the first three days of competition in Sochi.

However, the Dutch currently have a slight edge over Norway with three gold medals coming into Day 4.

Long-track speedskater Michel Mulder won the Netherlands' only gold on Day 3, but had plenty of reason to celebrate as teammate Jan Smeekens and twin brother Ronald Mulder finished second and third, respectively in the men's 500 meters, making for a Dutch sweep across the podium.

Despite dominating long-track events through the years, this was the Netherlands' first-ever gold medal in the men's 500 meters.

Norway was shut out on Day 3, but is still in the mix following an impressive start over the weekend. Gold-medal runs in biathlon and cross-country events on Day 1 have given the Scandinavian country hope heading into Day 4.

 

United States Rounds out Top Five

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The Americans can thank Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson's brilliance on the snowboarding slopestyle course this past weekend for their only two gold medals coming into Day 4.

With five total medals through three days, the United States currently sits in fifth place. 

Fortunately, Team USA will have some excellent opportunities to medal on Tuesday. Decorated snowboarding superstar Shaun White will take to the halfpipe looking for his third consecutive Olympic gold in prime time on Day 4, while singles luge hopeful Erin Hamlin will aim to become the first American ever to win an individual luge medal.

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White is a heavy favorite in the halfpipe, and Hamlin is third through two of four runs on the luge course. 

Still, White will have to overcome a halfpipe that has drawn tons of criticism, per The Los Angeles Times' Lisa Dillman

It's a little disappointing. It's hard to get in there and have all the tricks and have everything that you need and not be able to get to the wall. I just had a frustrating practice and I'm hoping tomorrow will be better.

I don't know the exact plan. I'm sure there will be some sort of coaches' meeting or something. I don't really get involved in that. I'm hoping they can do whatever they can to make it a better pipe. It's hard to get here and see this and feel the pressure.

Team USA will have plenty of other opportunities to medal on Day 4, but no American athlete will be under more pressure than White to deliver the gold. And given the history Hamlin will going up against on Tuesday, the stakes couldn't be higher for either athlete.

 

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