Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Latest Nation Rankings and Standings for Day 8

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Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Latest Nation Rankings and Standings for Day 8
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The first seven days of the 2014 Winter Olympics have produced a number of memorable moments, and as we head into the heart of the games, there are a number of teams in the mix near the top of the medal count.

Currently, there are six nations that have accumulated at least 10 medals in all, and while Germany holds a commanding lead as far as gold totals are concerned, even that advantage isn't safe.

Day 7 featured a number of compelling showdowns with medals on the line, and as a result, the drama never seemed to stop in Sochi on Friday.

We saw a dramatic finish in men's figure skating, a handful of encouraging performances from the hosts, as well as a number of very compelling speedskating finals.

With the first portion of Day 8 in the books, this is what the medal count looks like as of now.

 

1. Russia 

The Russians have been piling up the medals over the last 72 hours, as five medals have gone the way of the hosts, bringing their total to 14 overall. 

Perhaps the most impressive feat of the day came during the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race, as Russia's Victor An and Vladimir Grigorev took the race's top two spots.

In addition, the Russian luge relay team claimed silver, finishing just over one second behind the German unit, giving the country its second silver in luge on home soil.

The loss of Evgeny Plyushenko in the men's figure skating was a tough blow, seeing as he's been among the sport's most dominant figures in recent memory, but Russia's in a good position to sit near the top of the standings by tournament's end.

It'd certainly be nice to have a few more gold medals though.

 

2. Netherlands

As usual, the Dutch have thoroughly dominated the field in speedskating, which is a big reason why they sit tied for second in total medals with 13 thus far.

In fact, it's the only reason why they're among the most successful nations in Sochi, as every single one of the Netherlands' medals have come in speedskating

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Brothers Michel and Ronald Mulder have combined for three medals, and Ireen Wust and Margot Boer have each contributed two pieces of hardware to the haul.

Going forward, it'll be difficult for Holland to keep pace with the other heavyweights once the events at Adler Arena Skating Center have finished up, but the Dutch must take solace in the fact that there are six more speedskating medal events to go.

 

2. Norway

Though the Norwegians' collection of medals are from a much more diverse selection of events, there's definitely a common theme among the vast majority of them.

Of Norway's 13 total medals, nine have come in either cross-country or biathlon events, including all four of the country's gold medals.

That being said, Norway's gotten some impressive results on the slopes, but the medals aren't flowing in as quickly as they were earlier in the week.

Since the beginning of Day 7, Norway's only earned one medal, which was a bronze captured by Therese Johaug in the ladies' 10-kilometer classic.

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2. United States

For all of the big names who have disappointed during the first week of the Olympics, such as Shaun White and Bode Miller, the United States has managed to remain among the leaders in the medal count.

The slopestyle events proved to be a mine of medals for the Americans, as athletes racked up six medals combined between the snowboarding and skiing events.

Thirty-one-year-old Noelle Pikus-Pace's silver finish in the women's skeleton was impressive, but the medals haven't been coming in as quickly as expected for the U.S.

However, with both the men's and women's hockey tournaments still progressing, there's a good chance the U.S. will add a couple of very meaningful medals to the national total.

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