Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Updated List of Winners from Each Event After Day 8

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2014

Victor An of Russia celebrates winning in a men's 1000m short track speedskating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A big day for the host country put Russia on top of the overall medal count through Day 8 of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

While the United States earned a big win over Russia in hockey, this was only a preliminary-round game. Curling also continues its round-robin play, with the medals not given out until later in the week.

However, seven gold medals were won on Saturday, which made for a dramatic shift near the top of the medal count. Germany remains in front of the race for the most golds, but here is a look at the overall standings for the most hardware in the Olympics.

 

Day 8 Results

Alpine Skiing, Women's Super-G

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: (FRANCE OUT) Nadia Fanchini of Italy competes during the Alpine Skiing Women's Super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/Agenc
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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldAnna FenningerAustria
SilverMaria Hoefl-RieschGermany
BronzeNicole HospAustria
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The big story in the super-G was the difficulty of the course. Not only did it force low times, but about one-third of entries crashed. Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports provided this interesting statistic:

It was not as much of a problem for Austrian skiers as Anna Fenninger finished in first place with a time of one minute, 25.52 seconds. Compatriot Nicole Hosp earned the bronze behind Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch.

American Julia Mancuso finished in eighth place, which ends her run in Sochi with one bronze in the super combined.

 

Cross-Country Skiing, Ladies' Relay 4x5-Kilometer 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: (FRANCE OUT) Ida Ingemarsdotter of Sweden wins gold medal,Emma Wiken of Sweden wins gold medal, Anna Haag of Sweden wins gold medal, Charlotte Kalla of Sweden wins gold medal during the Cross-Country Women's Relay at the Laura
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Medal Results
MedalCountry
GoldSweden
SilverFinland
BronzeGermany
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Sweden showcased its depth in cross-country skiing with a win in the ladies' relay race. Anna Haag, Ida Ingemarsdotter, Charlotte Kalla and Emma Wiken all finished in the top three of their own heat and it led to a narrow victory of just one-half of a second.

Finland earned the silver just ahead of Germany, which was also within a single second of the leaders. Amazingly, fourth place was a full 45 seconds behind.

The United States finished in ninth place, but this was actually an impressive result, according to Nat Herz of the Anchorage Daily News:

Team officials will certainly hope that this will be the start of a new appreciation for the sport in America.

 

Short Track, Ladies' 1,500 Meters

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Yang Zhou of China leads the pack on the way to winning the gold medal during the Ladies' 1500 m Final Short Track Speed Skating on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 15, 2014 in
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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldZhou YangChina
SilverSuk Hee ShimSouth Korea
BronzeArianna FontanaItaly
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China's Zhou Yang took the lead in one of the final laps and held onto it to take home gold in the 1,500-meter short-track event. Of course, the finish was easier than it should have been with a smaller group at the end.

The finals began with seven competitors, but three of them were wiped out on an early lap, including American Emily Scott. After the loss, Scott was very understanding of the situation, telling Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today, "I mean, we were skating a deep track, and Korea came in and nailed me. I mean, it's unfortunate, but I think that's kind of why some of us chose this sport. It's the unknown."

Zhou was able to avoid the crash, helping her defend the Olympic title she won in Vancouver. Italy's Arianna Fontana earned bronze, which was her second medal in Sochi.

 

Short Track, Men's 1,000 Meters

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15:  (L-R) Silver medalist Vladimir Grigorev of Russia, gold medalist Victor An of Russia and bronze medalist Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands on the podium during the medal ceremony for Short Track Speed Skating Menfs 1000m on d
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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldVictor AnRussia
SilverVladimir GrigorevRussia
BronzeSjinkie KnegtNetherlands
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Eight years after winning three gold medals for South Korea in Turin, Victor An wins another won, although this time for Russia after gaining citizenship with the host country.

His ability to pull away late on the short track impressed even fellow speedskater Mitch Whitmore:

This was a big race for Russia, which finished one-two thanks to a solid effort by Vladimir Grigorev. The Netherlands then earned a rare short-track medal thanks to Sjinkie Knegt.

With a few more races remaining in these Olympics, watch for An to be a top contender for more medals in Sochi.

 

Men's Skeleton

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Martins Dukurs of Latvia ends his run during the Men's Skeleton on Day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldAlexander TretjyakovRussia
SilverMartins DukursLatvia
BronzeMatthews AntoineUnited States
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Russian star Alexander Tretjyakov was in a class of his own throughout this competition, winning the skeleton gold thanks to a consistent performance on all four runs.

He finished with a combined time of 3:44.29 seconds, which was 0.81 seconds ahead of second-place Martins Dukurs. While the third-place finisher was far behind either contender, there was an exciting battle for the bronze throughout the week between American teammates.

Matthew Antoine ended up on the podium, but John Daly had a chance to medal going into his final run. Unfortunately, a slip on the start ruined his chances, leading to a heartbreaking interview afterwards:

The 28-year-old competitor fell from fourth to 15th place on his final run, but hopefully he will find a way back to the Olympics in 2018.

 

Speedskating, Men's 1,500 Meter

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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldZbigniew BrodkaPoland
SilverKoen VerweijNetherlands
BronzeDenny MorrisonCanada
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In one of the closest races you will ever see, Zbigniew Brodka barely edged Koen Verweij for the gold medal in the 1,500-meter event. 

Brodka posted the impressive time in the 17th run out of 20, and it seemed like his mark would stand without a challenge. However, the Dutch skater came through in the final run and tied the leader down to the hundredths of a second.

As a result, the officials had to review to the next decimal point, giving Brodka the win by three thousandths of a second.

On the other end of the spectrum, this was another disappointing showing for the Americans, who have yet to medal in seven speedskating events. Shani Davis had won two silvers in this event in the past, but he only managed 11th place while Brian Hansen finished in eighth.

Davis put this message on Twitter following the loss:

With events running out, the United States has to start making some moves in this sport.

 

Ski Jumping, Men's Large Hill

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Gold medlaist Kamil Stoch of Poland is lifted on the shoulders of Maciej Kot of Poland and Jan Ziobro of Poland after the Men's Large Hill Individual Final Round on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki
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Medal Results
MedalNameCountry
GoldKamil StochPoland
SilverNoriaki KasaiJapan
BronzePeter PrevcSlovenia
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After winning the gold medal in the normal hill, Kamil Stoch filled up his trophy case even more with another gold medal in the large hill. 

The Polish star had the best jump of the entire competition in the first round, totaling 143.4 thanks to his long distance and some great scores from the judges. While his second jump was far from elite, totaling 135.4, it was enough to pass Japan's Noriaki Kasai. 

Peter Prevc also had an impressive week despite being just 21 years old. He earned bronze in this competition after grabbing a silver in the normal hill.

Four-time gold medalist Simon Ammann could not defend his Olympic title, only finishing in 23rd place in the final round. 

 

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