Day 13 of the 2014 Winter Olympics is coming to a close, meaning it’s time to take a look at the latest medal tally and get prepared for what is to come on Day 14 in Sochi.
A few nations have emerged as legit contenders to claim the most overall medals and most gold medals with only a handful of days left until the Games come to a close.
Let’s sneak a peek at the updated counts for each type of medal, plus highlight some of the events that helped shape this total and preview the top storylines for Thursday’s action.
Updated Medal Count
Day 13 Gold Medalists
|Nordic Combined (Men's Team Large Hill and Cross-Country)||Norway|
|Women's Ice Hockey||Canada|
|Freestyle Skiing (Ladies' Ski Halfpipe)||Maddie Bowman (USA)|
|Freestyle Skiing (Men's Ski Cross)||Jean-Frédéric Chapuis (FRA)|
|Figureskating (Ladies' Short Program and Free Skate)||Adelina Sotnikova (RUS)|
Notable Day 13 Event: Canada Tops Sweden in Women’s Curling
Curling has come to an end for the women competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics, with Team Canada emerging ahead of Sweden, 6-3, in a heated final.
Canadian captain Jennifer Jones helped guide her squad to an unbeaten run during the Sochi Games, earning gold with a somewhat sloppy but ultimately clutch performance on the biggest stage.
A steal of two in the ninth would drop Sweden to a silver, although skipper Margaretha Sigfridsson’s side put up a valiant effort in the championship match.
According to Steve Douglas of The Associated Press (via ABC News), curling is the second most popular sport in Canada, but the country had to wait 16 years between gold medals. It knocked off back-to-back defending gold medalist Sweden in the process, proving just how great Jones can be.
The 39-year-old wasn’t even sure she would be able to compete after injuring her knee and giving birth to a daughter within the last year-and-a-half. She told Justin Piercy of the CBC:
When I hurt my knee I wasn't sure if I'd ever play again, and now we're gold medallists. The girls stuck with me and I had the best doctors and physio team and couldn't have had a better recovery. And then there’s Isabella, who’s the love of my life, and life couldn't get any better.
Canada’s fortunes changed when they earned a measurement in the eight and watched as their opponent missed three throws in the ninth.
They capitalized on the opportunity and let the Swedes run out of rocks, becoming champions at the end of the emotional showdown.
Day 14 Storyline to Watch: Will Team USA Get Revenge on Canada in Men’s Hockey?
Which country will win this matchup?
Speaking of heated battles, there is sure to be one on Day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics when the United States matches up with Canada in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament.
This is a rematch of the gold medal game four years ago in Vancouver, which the host nation won in overtime after a thrilling contest.
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune caught up with American star right winger Patrick Kane, who admitted this is a battle everyone is looking forward to:
Team USA is on a hot streak right now and has been unstoppable on the offensive end. This group has scored 19 goals in four games, by far the most of any team in the tournament.
However, the Canadians are certainly capable of putting pucks in the net and have snuck 13 past opposing goaltenders so far in Sochi.
With so many elite NHL players involved—these are the only two teams in the tournament comprised entirely of professional North American talent—this is likely going to be the premier game of the Olympics.
You simply won’t want to miss a minute once the puck drops at 12 p.m. ET on NBC.