Olympic 2014 Medal Count: Twitter Reacts to Final Standings on Day 15

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

Athletes from the Netherlands, left to right, Ireen Wust, Marrit Leenstra, Lotte van Beek and Jorien ter Mors hold their national flag and celebrate their gold in the women's team pursuit at the Adler Arena Skating Center at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Russia is making a late move to go out of the 2014 Winter Olympics on top. After a great showing on Day 15, the host country went two medals clear of the United States in the overall table, and it's locked into a tie with Norway for the lead in gold medals.

Here's a look at the medal standings after Day 15.

With the Olympics drawing to a close on Sunday, the action is beginning to wind down. No longer is it wall-to-wall, occupying your entire afternoon and evening.

However, that hasn't stopped many from taking to Twitter to sound off on the goings-on in Sochi, Russia.

Former Olympic bobsledder Steve Mesler is one of many who are astounded by the reversal in fortunes for the Russians between 2010 and 2014. They've nearly doubled their output in the span of four years:

Russia got a boost on Saturday from Vic Wild. The American-born snowboarder won gold in men's parallel slalom, per Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch:

Norway remains a threat to at least grab the lead for most golds, as it added another on Saturday, with Marit Bjoergen's win in ladies' 30-kilometer cross country skiing, per BBC Sport:

Mario Matt made history when he became the oldest athlete to win a gold in Alpine skiing, after he came out on top in men's slalom, per The New York Times' Christopher Clarey:

One of the bigger stories, especially in the U.S., was the capitulation of the men's ice hockey team against Finland. Going into the semifinal against Canada, it seemed the United States were a lock to win a medal, but a one-sided loss to the Canadians looks to have sapped whatever belief and passion remained in the players.

The Americans lost 5-0 to the Finland, also losing out on a bronze medal. It was a result nobody saw coming, as ESPN's Michael Kim pointed out:

Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy questioned whether the players actually realized the gravity of the situation:

Dan Wolken of USA Today went with the sarcastic route:

Teemu Selanne was one of the stars on the day, as he led the Finns with two goals. One of his teammates, Mikael Granlund, thinks the 43-year-old forward can go on for another decade:

Throughout the Olympics, the Dutch speedskating men's and women's teams have dominated. They earned gold medals in both team pursuits, which means the Netherlands have won a whopping eight of the 12 speedskating events in the Adler Arena Skating Center, per Beth Harris of the Associated Press:

Winning in team pursuit gave Ireen Wust her fifth medal in Sochi, making her the 10th athlete to ever accomplish that feat:

Only nine more medals are left, so for those looking up at Russia, there's not too many opportunities left to supplant the host country atop the final standings.