Day 14 of the 2014 Winter Olympics is rolling right along, and a number of medals have already been handed out during an epic day of competition.
With only two days left until the Sochi Games come to a close, the race for the most overall medals and most gold medals earned in Russia is really heating up. A handful of nations have emerged as legit contenders to win these two prestigious competitions.
Let’s take a look at the latest medal tally, highlight some of the marquee events of Day 14 that awarded medal sets and preview Day 15’s slate of action.
Latest Medal Count
Notable Day 14 Event: Freestyle Skiing, Women’s Ski Cross
Canada received a big boost at the conclusion of the women’s ski cross event in Sochi, as the nation not only earned its eighth gold at the time, but also nabbed silver to add to its overall count.
CBC Olympics tweeted a photo of the two Canadian medalists celebrating:
Winner Marielle Thompson, 21, found tremendous success in her Olympic debut and improved upon her runner-up performance in this event during the world championships in Voss.
She performed valiantly through the first four heats and held off teammate Kelsey Serwa down the stretch in her fifth and final run. Serwa did not seem too disappointed about the result, telling Eddie Pells of The Associated Press (via ABC News): "Being on the podium at the Olympics in itself is pretty cool. To be standing beside your teammate is the best feeling in the world."
Perhaps most impressively, Thompson and Serwa were able to avoid the various falls, accidents, crashes and injuries that plagued a number of competitors in this event.
Two medal hopefuls were even taken off the brutal course in stretchers, as Germany’s Anna Woerner and Chile’s Stephanie Joffroy were carted off after wrecking.
Bronze medalist Anna Holmlund of Sweden commented on the dangers of the sport after the race, telling Pells of The Associated Press (via ABC News): “It's always sad when people get injured and, of course, I hope they get well fast. But in one way, it's the Olympics and it's supposed to be tough. I think it's a good course.”
This race concludes Canada’s domination of the freestyle skiing events in Sochi. The North American nation won gold and silver during the discipline’s opening competition, women’s moguls, and now closes out the Winter Olympics with an amazing run in ski cross.
Canada is in the running for the most overall medals and most golds, with 22 and eight, respectively, largely due to its presence in the freestyle ski contests. The country won nine total medals and four golds stemming from the 10 events that awarded medal sets in Russia.
Day 15 Preview
The penultimate day of competition in Sochi should be a great one, and a ton of medals are going to be awarded that could shake up the top of the standings in both races.
Medal sets will be doled out in alpine skiing (men’s slalom), biathlon (men’s relay), cross-country (ladies’ mass start), ice hockey (bronze-medal game), snowboarding (ladies’ and men’s parallel slalom) and speedskating (men’s and ladies’ team pursuit).
Which country will win the most medals in Sochi?
Those eight medals could drastically alter an overall competition that is currently being led by the United States, albeit narrowly. The Americans, who hold 27 medals, have a slight edge over Russia (26), Canada (24), Norway (22) and the Netherlands (22), but that could all change before Day 14 concludes.
In the gold race, Norway currently dominates with 10 total. Canada (9), the U.S.A. (9), Russia (9) and Germany (8) are all in striking distance, so expect athletes from these countries to push even harder for the top of the podium knowing the stakes.
The next two days of competition are going to be can’t-miss, so make sure you tune in and catch as many medal events as you can over the next 48 hours.