The 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi are a celebration of the human spirit and the will to win. The fierce battle in every sport and every classification has resulted in an ever-changing medal count.
Sports fans from all across the world are doing their best to follow their home nation’s success and failures at the Games, and people are desperate to check out the latest medal standings.
Here is the updated medal count for the 2014 Winter Olympics and biggest winners heading into Day 10.
Updated Medal Standings
Biggest Winners Heading Into Day 10
Bode Miller, United States, Men’s Super-G
Team USA has plenty of veterans who returned to the Winter Olympics with more hardware on their minds, but few have the history that Alpine skiing superstar Bode Miller has achieved over his Olympic career.
The 36-year-old American star is now participating in the fifth Games of his career and was looking to add an incredible sixth medal to his already impressive collection.
Miller told Jim Caple of ESPN.com about his hunt for medals and his preparation:
I've never been stuck on counting the medals. For me, I've put in a lot of work. This was a really hard year and a lot of effort coming back to get fit and ready. To come out and ski hard, it's almost therapeutic to be in these situations where I really have to test myself. I was happy to have it be on the right side of the hundredths.
After finishing third in the men’s super-G on Sunday—he tied Canada's Jan Hudec and was forced to split the bronze medal—it was clear that Miller had lost a step but was still one of the greatest skiers in the world.
Fellow American Andrew Weibrecht took home the silver medal in the event as well to further Team USA’s dominance, but it was the raw emotion that Miller showed after his third-place finish as he embraced his wife that made it clear that this would go down as a victory for him.
Eva Samkova, Czech Republic, Women's Snowboard Cross
While most American fans of women’s snowboard cross were looking for Lindsey Jacobellis to avenge her failures during her Olympic career, it was Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic who capitalized on Team USA’s mistake.
Jacobellis wrecked in her semifinal race and missed the finals. That left the door wide open for Samkova and her drawn-on mustache to steal the show.
NBC’s Shawn Smith took to Twitter to share her good luck charm:
Eva Samkova getting her mustache drawn on before finals, as is her tradition. pic.twitter.com/ZHcb97Wq09— Shawn Smith (@theshawnsmith) February 16, 2014
There is no question that Samkova deserved the victory after being one of the fastest performers in the field throughout the Games. She dominated the talented group of competitors in each run she participated in and took advantage of the mistakes other top contenders made around her.
With a great personality and a light-hearted approach to the sport, the 20-year-old Samkova will be a fan favorite internationally for many years to come. All eyes will be focused on the Czech Republic star in four years at the 2018 Winter Games.