With only one day left in the 2014 Winter Olympics, the medal tally is still too close to call.
Saturday's results did not swing the standings in stern favor of one country, but the home heroes are on the verge of hosting a joyous closing ceremony. By the end of Day 15, the Russia stood ahead of the others with 29 medals, but the U.S. inches behind at 27.
Three medal events remain before we say farewell to the 2014 Winter Games. While the 16th and final day is a short one before the closing ceremony draws an end to the Sochi events, it can still determine which nation leaves with the most hardware.
Here's where each nation stands after Day 15 following some of Saturday's biggest events.
|Alpine Skiing||Men's Slalom||Mario Matt (AUT)||Marcel Hirscher (AUT)||Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR)|
|Biathlon||Men's 4x7.5-kilometer Relay||Russia||Germany||Austria|
|Cross-Country||Women's Mass Start||Marit Bjoergen (NOR)||Therese Johaug (NOR)||Kristin Stoermer Steira (NOR)|
|Ice Hockey||Men's Bronze Final||Finland 5, U.S. 0|
|Snowboarding||Men's Parallel Slalom||Vic Wild (RUS)||Zan Kosir (SLO)||Benjamin Karl (AUT)|
|Snowboarding||Women's Parallel Slalom||Julia Dujmovits (AUT)||Anke Karstens (GER)||Amelie Kober (GER)|
|Speedskating||Men's Team Pursuit||Netherlands||South Korea||Poland|
|Speedskating||Women's Team Pursuit||Netherlands||Poland||Russia|
Norway Sweeps Cross-Country Women's Mass Start
Led by Marit Bjoergen, Norway seized control of the podium in the cross country women's mass start, accounting for each of the event's top-three finishers.
Bjoergen ended with a time of 1:11:05.2, clocking in 2.6 seconds ahead of Therese Johaug. Kristin Stoermer Steira finished a distant third 21 seconds behind Johaug.
Norway's female cross-country competitors have dominated the Sochi Games from start to finish. Maiken Caspersen Falla won the sprint, Bjoergen took gold in the skiathlon and an ensemble placed first in the team sprint.
That gives Bjoergen three gold medals in these Olympics, which matches the three she won at the 2010 Vancouver Games. According to ESPN Stats & Info, she is just the second female Olympian to claim a trio of gold medals twice.
Norway's Marit Bjørgen is the 2nd woman ever to win 3 golds at 2 different Olympiads, joining Russia's Lyubov Yegorova (1992 and 1994)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 22, 2014
After the race, the 33-year-old was asked if she'll take the trip to South Korea in 2018. Her response to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) makes it seem improbable.
"Four years is a long time, and I'm not getting younger," Bjoergen said. "I'm also thinking about having a family. I don't want to do this at 90 percent."
She now has earned a total of 10 Olympic medals, which surpasses Russian cross-country skier Lyubov Egorova as the most from any female athlete. If she decides to end her Olympic career, she's going out on top.
Vic Goes Wild in Snowboarding Men's Parallel Slalom
With a name built for snowboarding, Russia's Vic Wild won the men's parallel slalom to snatch up his second gold medal.
Wild, who previously won the men's parallel giant slalom, captured first place again in Sochi. This time, he earned gold in the parallel slalom.
Although he was born in Washington, Wild—who is married to Russian snowboarder Alena Zavarzina—decided to represent the hosting nation. Zavarzina won bronze in the women's parallel giant slalom.
According to The Wall Street Journal's Paul Sonne and Rachel Bachman, Wild joined the Russian side due to a lack of funding from U.S. sponsors who grew uninterested in traditional alpine snowboard racing.
"I had no money," Wild said. "I wasn't going to continue banging my head against the wall."
Considering how close the medal race is between the U.S. and Russia, Wild's two victories could sway the final medal standings in favor of his adopted country.
Russia Pulls off Biathlon Upset
In order to accumulate the most medals, a nation occasionally needs to collect some from unexpected sources. Russia did just that in the biathlon men's 4x7.5-kilometer relay, winning gold over Germany and other top contenders.
A team of four participants, with Anton Shipulin sealing the deal, edged out Germany by 3.5 seconds to the delight of the home crowd. It marked just the third medal Russian earned throughout every Olympic biathlon event in Sochi.
Entering the race, Norway figured to take the podium behind legend Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who previously set the Winter Olympics record by earning his 13th Olympic medal. The 40-year-old, however, could not secure a storybook ending to his incredible Olympic career.
Norway finished fourth after Emil Hegle Svendsen, who won the mass start on Tuesday, set the team back with costly penalties in the eighth shooting stage. The group finished 54.4 seconds behind Russia.
Austria picked up the bronze with a 1:12:45.7 finishing time.
Canada will add at least one more medal to its count, but the question remains whether its men's hockey squad will snag gold or silver against Sweden during the gold-medal bout.
Cross-country will conclude with the men's mass start. Norway and Sweden have dominated the discipline with 11 medals apiece, and Ola Vigen Hattestad and Dario Cologna will look to continue that trend.
The Men's bobsleigh four-man will also declare a winner in the Olympics' final day. Russia's Alexandr Yuryevich and Alexey Voyevoda emerged victorious in the two-man event.