Olympics Results 2014: Winners and Losers from the Sochi Games

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Olympics Results 2014: Winners and Losers from the Sochi Games
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In an Olympics that included many highs and lows for Team USA but still ended with the U.S. nearly topping the medal count, Sochi was a mixed bag.

Russia topped the medal table with 33 following a last-day flurry that included a stunning sweep in the cross-country 50-kilometer race and gold in four-man bobsled.

The U.S. finished with 28 medals in second, and Norway was third with 26.

U.S. snowboarders—both slopestyle and halfpipe—soared, while speedskating sank.

Bode Miller and Mikaela Shiffrin provided emotion and success on the ski slopes. The sliding sports gave us an unexpected bounty, including Steve Holcomb's four-man bronze on the final day.

But in other sports where the U.S. team seemed to be on the brink of making history, like cross-country skiing, they fell short.

A Norwegian biathlete made some history of his own, at age 40, no less.

An American-turned-Russian won two golds for the other side, and Bob Costas' eyes finally started to look normal as the Games wound down.

But don't let us spoil the show. Look ahead for Sochi's winners and losers.

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