Norway leads the overall medal count with action winding down on Day 5 at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
But the top storyline on Wednesday was Germany's rise up the standings, which featured two gold medals, propelling the Europeans out in front of Norway, Canada and the Netherlands in that department.
Let's take a look at the updated medal count and some of the top storylines from Day 5's results.
|Alpine Skiing||Women's Downhill||Tina Maze (SLO) & Dominique Gisin (SUI)||---||Lara Gut (SUI)|
|Figure Skating||Pairs Free Skating||Maxim Trankov & Tatiana Volosozhar (RUS)||Fedor Klimov & Ksenia Stolbova (RUS)||Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (GER)|
|Luge||Doubles||Tobias Arlt & Tobias Wendl (GER)||Andreas Linger & Wolfgang Linger (AUT)||Andris Sics & Juris Sics (LAT)|
|Nordic Combined||Men's Individual Normal Hill 10-km||Eric Frenzel (GER)||Akito Watabe (JPN)||Magnus Krog (NOR)|
|Snowboard||Ladies' Halfpipe||Kaitlyn Farrington (USA)||Torah Bright (AUS)||Kelly Clark (USA)|
|Speedskating||Men's 1,000-Meter||Stefan Groothuis (NED)||Denny Morrison (CAN)||Michel Mulder (NED)|
Germany Adds to Gold-Medal Count
It was another big day for the Germans on Day 5 in Sochi as Eric Frenzel outlasted a talented field of skiers to take home gold in the men's Nordic combined individual normal hill event.
The 25-year-old was impressive in the ski jumping stage and beat out a determined Akito Watabe of Japan to bring home his first-ever Olympic gold. Afterward, Frenzel was overcome with joy, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com):
You have to be healthy in mind and body. I think Nordic combined athletes are the kings of winter sport. I can't describe this feeling, it's so perfect. I felt big pressure here, but I managed it well.
Meanwhile, at the Sanki Sliding Center, the German luge doubles team of Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl were able to beat out Austria and Latvia for the top spot on the podium. The triumph marked Germany's sixth gold medal of the Games and their seventh overall.
Keep in mind that no other nation has won more than four gold medals thus far.
Netherlands Continues Speedskating Domination
This just in: The Dutch are still really good at speedskating.
On Wednesday, the Netherlands dominated the only speedskating event in Sochi, with Stefan Groothuis taking gold in the men's 1,000-meter and Michel Mulder earning bronze to secure his second medal of these Games.
Canada's Denny Morrison took silver, finishing just .04 seconds back of Groothuis.
While the Dutch failed to sweep the podium yet again, the two other Dutch riders in the event managed to crack the top 10, as Koen Verweij and Mark Tuitert finished sixth and 10th, respectively.
The event was a disappointing one for Team USA, as two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis finished eighth, one spot ahead of teammate Brian Hansen. Davis was aiming for a three-peat of gold in the men's 1,000-meter event, so the fact he failed to medal at all is certainly surprising. He'll now turn his attention to the 1,500-meter event.
Swiss Double Their Medal Count in Women's Downhill
Day 5 was a big day for Switzerland, as the overlooked European nation doubled its medal tally in one competition. Following a tie in the women's alpine skiing downhill, Swiss skier Dominique Gisin and Slovenia's Tina Maze were awarded the gold.
ESPN Stats & Info sheds some light on just how rare Wednesday's result is in the world of alpine skiing:
Slovenia's Tina Maze & Switzerland's Dominique Gisin tied for downhill gold today, the 1st tie for gold in Olympic alpine skiing history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 12, 2014
Despite having to share the spotlight atop the podium, Gisin wasn't the least bit disappointed, per USA Today's David Leon Moore: "She was ahead of me (on the early splits). I knew it was going to be close. When I saw it was a tie, I thought, 'That's OK with me.'"
Gisin's first-ever Olympic medal was impressive enough to earn her a shootout from reigning Australian Open tennis champion and compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka:
Really happy for you @dominiquegisin !!! Congraaaaats!!!!— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) February 12, 2014
Adding to jubilation, Switzerland's Lara Gut finished third to take home bronze. The tie for gold meant that there was no silver medal awarded.
Gisin's victory not only gives the Swiss four total medals heading into Thursday, but also three gold medals. That's more than Russia and Austria, who currently rank higher in total medals won.
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