Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Twitter Reacts to Final Standings on Day 4

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Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Twitter Reacts to Final Standings on Day 4
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After the fourth day of the Winter Olympics, Norway is leading all countries in total medals with 11. The Norwegians, Canadians and Germans have all grabbed four gold medals up to this point in the competitions in Sochi.

With Day 4 in the books, here's a look at the top of the medal leaderboard.

 

The Medal Winners

Ladies' Ski Slopestyle

Gold - Dara Howell - Canada

Silver - Devin Logan - United States

Bronze - Kim Lamarre - Canada

Canadians have been dominant at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, and Howell continued her country's success. She captured the gold medal in an event she was inspired to compete in by Sarah Burke.

Burke was injured while training in January 2012. Tragically, she died from injuries suffered in the accident. Howell dedicated her performance to Burke.

Per Steve Busfield of The Guardian, Howell paid homage to her hero: "I said the other day that I really hope a Canadian brings home a gold medal and it will be for Sarah. This medal is definitely for Sarah. She pushed the sport."

Huffington Post Canada shows the Canadian pride on the podium after the event.

 

Ladies' Sprint Free

Gold - Maiken Caspersen Falla - Norway

Silver - Ingvild Flogstad Oestberg - Norway

Bronze - Vesna Fabjan - Slovenia

How have the Norwegians been so strong in Sochi? Success on the slopes is one big reason. On Tuesday, Caspersen Falla took gold, and her teammate, Oestberg, won silver.

Marit Bjoergen was expected to be a major threat, but she fell short in the semifinals. Falla's win shows just how strong Norway is in the event.

 

Men's Sprint Free

Gold - Ola Vigen Hattestad - Norway

Silver - Teodor Peterson - Swedish

Bronze - Emil Joennson - Swedish

More Norwegian gold medals were issued in the men's sprint. Hattestad held off two Swedes to earn the top podium spot. A huge collision created a pileup that took out six skiers.

Hattestad were the best of the group that remained. Don't call Hattestad's gold medal lucky, though. The victor shared some wise words from a former teacher. The translation of the first sentence is "a teacher told me, you get what you deserve."

 

Women's 10-kilometer Pursuit

Gold - Darya Domracheva - Belarusian

Silver - Tora Berger - Norway

Bronze - Teja Gregorin - Slovenia

Eric Willemsen of The Associated Press talked about Domracheva's representation of the Belarusian flag.

The biathlete was asked to carry the Belarus flag during the first celebratory night Friday. She was honored and said she would have loved to have done it, but coaches advised her not to.

But Domracheva grabbed the next chance to wave her country's colors with both hands as she skied the final meters in celebration on her way to victory at the women's 10-kilometer biathlon pursuit on Tuesday.

Rossa S. Ferrari acknowledges Domracheva's athletic accomplishment and beauty. I concur on both accounts.

 

Ladies 500-meter Race

Gold - Sang Hwa Lee - South Korea

Silver - Olga Fatkulina - Russia

Bronze - Margot Boer - Netherlands

To no one's surprise, Sang took the top podium position in the 500 meters. How big of a favorite was she? Take a look at the account by Dave Sheinin of The Washington Post of Sang's expected victory and the meager winnings bettors would have grabbed if they put money on her.

Were you the type to gamble on Olympic women’s speedskating — and really, who isn’t? — you could have plunked down 20 bucks on South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa in the women’s 500 meters Tuesday afternoon at the Web site oddschecker.com, and when she won the gold medal that evening at the Adler Arena Skating Center, you would have earned yourself a whopping profit of one whole dollar.

Ice Network compared the performance to Usain Bolt.

 

Women's Single Run

Gold - Natalie Geisenberger - Germany

Silver - Tatjana Huefner - Germany

Bronze - Erin Hamlin - United States

Geisenberger made it clear that there's her and then everyone else. Her margin of victory over fellow German Huefner was the second largest in Olympic history.

Tom Withers of The Associated Press captures a snapshot Geisenberger after her gold-medal performance.

Hamlin made history by securing America's first individual luge medal. 

 

Men's Halfpipe

Gold - Iouri Podladtchikov - Switzerland

Silver - Ayumu Hirano - Japan

Bronze - Taku Hiraoka - Japan

The United States was swept out of the halfpipe medals for the first time in 16 years. Switzerland's Podladtchikov took the top podium spot. Jason Blevins of The Denver Post delivered the crushing details:

The reign is over.

No Americans reached the Olympic snowboard halfpipe podium on Tuesday, ending U.S. dominance in the halfpipe that has endured since the sport debuted on the Olympic stage in 1998.

Sochi 2014 Alerts tweeted what everyone was talking about.

 

Ladies' Normal Hill

Gold - Carina Vogt - Germany

Silver - Daniela Iraschko-Stolz - Austria

Bronze - Coline Mattel - France

Vogt made history by becoming the first female gold medalist in ski jumping. This is the inaugural year the event has been opened to women, and Vogt shined.

Lars Baron of Getty Images captures this great moment in sports and Vogt's life.

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