As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi start to wind to a close, Day 15 ended with a number of medal winners, surprises and letdowns across the board as we head into the final day of the Games on Sunday.
While the United States had previously taken the medal-count lead, Russia made a surge toward the top on Saturday by grabbing three medals to America's none.
Here's a look at the updated medal tally:
Russia was able to gain the lead by continuing to dominate these Games on home soil, taking three of the eight medals available on Saturday. Meanwhile, the U.S. failed on the big stage in men's hockey, missing out on the bronze by losing 5-0 to Finland.
Here is a look at all of Saturday's medal winners.
Women's Cross-Country: 30-Kilometer Freestyle
|Women's Cross-Country: 30-Kilometer Podium|
|Bronze||Kristin Stoermer Steira||Norway||1:11.28.8|
One of Day 15's early events ended with another Norwegian sweep of the podium, as Norway took all three medals in women's cross-country 30-kilometer freestyle in exciting fashion.
Marit Bjoergen of Norway topped the event with a dazzling time of 1 hour, 11 minutes, 5.2 seconds, but she didn't exactly run away with things. Silver medalist Therese Johaug was right behind her, and Kristin Stoermer Steira took home bronze to complete the podium sweep.
Norway's three medals in the event have jolted the nation up the medal count. It has 26 medals going into the final day, just one back of the U.S.
Women's Snowboarding: Parallel Slalom
|Women's Snowboarding: Parallel Slalom Podium|
Austria continued to showcase its impressive stature in the Winter Olympics by grabbing the gold medal in women's snowboarding, as Julia Dujmovits won the parallel slalom event.
ESPN Olympics tweeted out the result:
It was a German finish for the rest of the podium, however, as Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober took silver and bronze, respectively.
Germany hasn't been able to find the top of the medal count, as it has been outside of the top five as of late. But it got a big win in this event.
Men's Snowboarding: Parallel Slalom
|Men's Snowboarding: Parallel Slalom|
The host country reigned supreme in the parallel slalom men's snowboarding event as Vic Wild took home the gold.
Jeff Passan captured the epic moment for the American-born Russian Wild:
Wild won the gold medal over Zan Kosir of Slovenia, who finished just .12 behind him on the first run and was .11 back after the second. In the bronze-medal race, Benjamin Karl beat out Aaron March for the final spot on the podium.
Women's Speedskating: Team Pursuit
|Women's Speedskating Team Pursuit|
There's no doubt about it—the Netherlands has been the best country by far in the world at the Olympics in the speedskating events.
The Dutch further proved that in the women's speedskating team pursuit, taking gold with an Olympic record of 2:58.05.
CBC's Stephanie Jenzer was on hand for the result:
Poland finished in second place with a time of 3:05.55, while Russia took home bronze in the second final with a time of 2:59.73—which would have actually beaten Poland if they had raced directly.
The Dutch have dominated speedskating events in Sochi. They have 23 total medals in the sport, while no other country has more than three.
Men's Speedskating Team Pursuit
|Men's Speedskating Team Pursuit Podium|
The Netherlands' speedskating domination carried over as the men team won gold in pursuit.
Just like the women's team, the men also notched an Olympic record for their troubles with an overall time of 3:37.71.
South Korea wasn't far behind in second place with 3:40.85, while Poland took the bronze with a time of 3:41.94.
Another speedskating win for the Dutch gave them 23 overall in the sport to close out the Sochi Games. That is more than all but four countries in the 2014 Olympics.
Men's Biathlon 4x7.5-Kilometer Relay
|Men's Biathlon 4x7.5-Kilometer Relay Podium|
The men's team biathlon 4x7.5-kilometer relay ended with a home-team advantage as the Russians took gold by a close margin.
Right behind Russia were the Germans, who took the silver with a time of 1:12:19.4—just four seconds behind the winning time.
Austria racked up another medal on the day, grabbing bronze with a time of 1:12:45.7.
Men's Hockey: Bronze-Medal Game
The U.S. suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Canada one day prior, and it just seemed to be too much for the Americans to bounce back on Saturday. They were dominated 5-0 by Finland in the bronze-medal game in Sochi.
The first period didn't end poorly for the Americans, who went into the locker room with a 0-0 draw through 20 minutes. Then, the floodgates opened.
Finland rattled off two goals in the second and then three in the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead, as Team USA simply didn't look inspired to compete with a medal on the line.
Finnish star Teemu Selanne finished out his Olympic career with an epic moment, scoring two goals and captaining his team to a medal in Sochi.
NHL.com's Dan Rosen captured Selanne's postgame thoughts after his final Olympic moment:
The Americans will just have to wait for the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang after coming up short against Canada and then again to Finland. They started out the tournament with such promise, going 4-0 with 20 goals in those wins, but they could not close out with a podium appearance.
Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom
|Alpine Skiing: Men's Slalom Podium|
Austria emerged as a big winner on Saturday once again, grabbing the top two spots in Alpine skiing men's slalom.
Mario Matt and Marcel Hirscher took gold and silver, respectively, for the Austrians as they improved their nation's total medal tally to 17. That's good for seventh place overall in Sochi.
Norway closed out the podium in men's slalom, as Henrik Kristoffersen took home the bronze medal.
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