It's hard to believe it's been a full two weeks of events in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, but as Day 14 wrapped up, that's the reality.
Seven events had medal presentations on Friday. Here's a look at the updated medal count heading into the final weekend.
Mikaela Shiffrin was the American star of the day with her historic gold medal in women's slalom.
Here are the other athletes and national teams that picked up hardware on Friday. (It was a good day for Canada.)
- Gold: Canada
- Silver: Great Britain
- Bronze: Sweden
Led by Brad Jacobs' 95-percent accuracy, the Canadian men easily handled Great Britain, 9-3, in the curling final. Jacobs was one of three on his team with an accuracy rating of 92 percent or higher.
Jacobs showed his national pride in this post-match quote captured by Zachary Stieber of The Epoch Times:
“I was really expecting to have to make my last one, or to be in a nail-biter. You never expect to go out there and blow a team out."
Sweden took the bronze-medal match over China to claim the third podium spot.
Freestyle Skiing: Women's Ski Cross
- Gold: Marielle Thompson, Canada
- Silver: Kelsey Serwa, Canada
- Bronze: Anna Holmlund, Sweden
Canada again was tough collectively. Thompson came out on top, extending the excellent start for Team Canada on the day.
Alpine Canada Alpin captures this image of the two biggest winners of the event:
Women's Biathlon: 4x6km Relay
- Gold: Ukraine
- Silver: Russia
- Bronze: Norway
The Ukraine hasn't found itself atop the podium in many events during this Olympic Games, but the women in the 4x6 km biathlon relay gave the country something to cheer.
Their time of one hour, 10 minutes and 2.5 seconds was enough to grab the gold medal in the event.
Alpine Skiing: Women's Slalom
- Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin, USA
- Silver: Marlies Schild, Austria
- Bronze: Kathrin Zettel, Austria
Shiffrin finally got her moment in the spotlight. The United States was still in search of a definitive star of the Sochi Games until Friday.
At 18 years old, Shiffrin became the youngest female gold medalist in the history of the slalom. That's a pretty big deal.
After the race, Shiffrin told reporters, per The New York Times' Bill Pennington, “You can create your own miracle. But you do it by never looking past all the little steps along the way."
That's sure to inspire a young Olympic hopeful somewhere down the line.
Men's Short Track 500m
- Gold: Viktor Ahn, Russia
- Silver: Dajing Wu, China
- Bronze: Charle Cournoyer, Canada
The host country wasn't shut out from gold medals on Friday. Dan Levy of Bleacher Report lauds Ahn's second gold medal in short track, but also took a jab at the Russian hockey team:
Viktor Ahn just won gold in men’s short track for Russia. Good things do happen on ice for them, just not in hockey.— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) February 21, 2014
Russian chess grandmaster Natalia Pogonina confesses her fandom for Ahn:
When the games are all wrapped up and the questions come up about the most dominant athlete in Sochi, Ahn deserves to have his name mentioned. The 28-year-old will leave the Games with three gold medals and a realistic shot to dominate again in 2018.
Women's Short Track 1,000m
- Gold: Seung-Hi Park, South Korea
- Silver: Kexin Fan, China
- Bronze: Suk-Hee Shim, South Korea
The South Koreans took two of the podium spots, but Park just nipped Fan to take the gold. The margin of victory was a mere .050 seconds.
After winning two bronze medals in the 2010 Vancouver games, the 21-year-old Park would not be denied gold in Sochi. Her future as a long-standing star is bright. By the time she's done, she could be one of the most decorated short-track stars in history.
Men's Short Track 5,000m Relay
- Gold: Russia
- Silver: USA
- Bronze: China
On the strength of Ahn, the Russians were too fast for Team USA. Ahn grabbed his third gold medal of the games and sixth overall. That makes him the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport.
For Ahn, it seemed the team gold medal was the icing on a delicious Olympic cake. Per John Weaver of Yahoo! Sports, Ahn said after the race:
"I'm very happy we were able to win a medal as a team. I wanted one thing tonight, which was for all of us to be smiling together."
Team USA Men's Hockey Falls to Canada
Though it wasn't a medal game, the American men's hockey team was shutout, 1-0, by Team Canada. The loss eliminates the Americans from gold-medal contention. It was especially hard to take for the American side considering the women had fallen to Canada on Thursday as well.
The rivalry between the two geographical neighbors will continue, but Canada is clearly in control of its game.