The 2014 Winter Olympics is winding up. At the conclusion of Day 11, the Netherlands and United States are deadlocked with 20 medals.
Just behind them is the host country Russia with 19.
It's been a memorable Olympic Games thus far, and things figure to be even more exciting moving forward. Here's a look at the official medal count leaderboard.
Let's take a look at the winners from Day 11.
Women's Giant Slalom
- Gold - Tina Maze - Slovenia
- Silver - Anna Fenninger - Austria
- Bronze - Viktoria Redensburg - Germany
The 30-year-old from Slovenia is already a popular singer and model. After Tuesday's thrilling win in the women's giant slalom, she is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Maze (pronounced Mat-tse) had already won the gold medal in the downhill. If you didn't think of Slovenia as a region capable of producing icons of sports and entertainment, you'd better think again.
The snow conditions on Tuesday were unpredictable. Experience and poise were needed to shine and Bill Pennington of The New York Times believes that's how Maze and the others on the podium found themselves with medals.
In a race that demanded skill, tactics and experience with ever-changing snow conditions underfoot, it was not a surprise that the podium was full of racers who had already won an Olympic gold medal.
With all of Maze's gifts, she is used to performing.
Men's Snowboard Cross
- Gold - Pierre Vaultier - France
- Silver - Nikolay Olyunin - Russia
- Bronze - Alex Deibold - USA
Despite coming in as the sixth-ranked athlete in the event, France's Vaultier was first when it counted the most. He took home the gold medal ahead of Russia's Olyunin and America's Deibold.
Men's Biathlon 15-km Mass Start
- Gold - Emil Hegle Svendsen - Norway
- Silver - Martin Fourcade - France
- Bronze - Ondrej Moravec - Czechoslovakia
By a Snowflake
It was a photo finish and the picture was worth a gold medal to 28-year-old Norwegian, Emil Hegle Svendsen. At the close of the last leg of the biathlon, he began to celebrate a little prematurely. He was unaware of how close France's Martin Fourcade was, and Svendsen was nearly overtaken.
How close was it? Roger Curtis of MISpeedway captured this image.
Speaking after the race, Svendsen didn't seem to want to acknowledge how his blunder nearly cost him a gold medal. In an "I-had-it-in-all-time" tone, he told reporters:
"I actually had pretty good control even though it looked very, very close. It looked closer than it was for me."
Women's Short Track 3,000-meter Relay
- Gold - Republic of Korea
- Silver - Canada
- Bronze - Italy
There Was No Illegal Contact on the Play
At the Vancouver Games in 2010, the South Korean women were the fastest on the ice, but they were disqualified for an illegal contact infraction.
This year, there was no such penalty and they staked their rightful place atop the highest podium spot. Was the last Winter Olympics on the winner's minds? You bet it was.
Per Alissa De Carbonnel of Reuters, one of the South Korean stars, Park Seung-Hi said this after the race: "We were disqualified at the last Olympics and today we picked up the gold medal we left behind back then."
Nordic Combined Individual Large Hill
- Gold - Joergen Graabak - Norway
- Silver - Magnus Moan - Norway
- Bronze - Fabian Riessle - Germany
As it Should Be
The Norwegians pioneered the Nordic combined event, so it seems only natural that two athletes from the country would take the top spots in this event. Sometimes things don't go as it seems they should, though.
Graabak's gold-medal performance was the first time a Norwegian took the gold medal in this event since 1998. Graabak was happy to bring the gold back to country that originated the event.
After the race, he said this per Dennis Passa of the Associated Press: "It's pretty obvious how I feel. It's a bit surreal. I will need time to enjoy the moment. My tactic was to ski well and hopefully to stay with the top guys."
The strategy worked out just fine.
Men's 10,000-meter Speed Skating
- Gold - Jorrit Bergsma - Netherlands
- Silver - Sven Kramer - Netherlands
- Bronze - Bob de Jong - Netherlands
Speedskaters from the Netherlands are awesome. The most recent example came on Tuesday when the country dominated the men's 10,000-meter event.
Bergsma took the gold and his teammates Kramer and De Jong occupied the other podium spots. At Sochi, 13 Dutch speedskaters have won medals. The country is simply dominating the sport.
Why has the Netherlands been so good on the blades? Gary D'Amato of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel offers this analysis:
Speed skating is one of two national sports in Holland – soccer is the other – and the Dutch follow it like football fans in Tuscaloosa follow Alabama or baseball fans in Boston follow the Red Sox. It's a passion bordering on obsession.
The rest of the world will need to adopt this obsessive behavior if it hopes to close the gap between it and the Netherlands.
Men's Freestyle Skiing - Men's Halfpipe
- Gold - David Wise - USA
- Silver - Mike Riddle - Canada
- Bronze - Kevin Rolland - France
Wise Solves the Riddle
In the lone gold-medal performance for the United States on the day, Wise outperformed Canada's Riddle. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt congratulated the Reno native on his success.
The 23-year-old still has a ton he can accomplish in his sport. Barring a major falloff, he should be a factor in the 2018 Games.
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