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:
What really impresses me is the @Olympic_Russia Team could win the overall medal count. Given they were 6th and 22 medals behind US in 2010.— Steve Mesler (@SteveMesler) February 22, 2014
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:
American-born snowboarder Victor Wild just won his second gold medal for Russia. Gold in parallel slalom.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 22, 2014
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:
Mario Matt, 34, is oldest man to win Olympic gold in Alpine skiing: a few months older than Kjetil Andre Aamodt, who was 34 for '06 SuperG— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) February 22, 2014
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:
Guessing not many of us imagined the U.S. men's hockey team leaving Sochi without a medal after the win over Russia...— Michael Kim (@MKimESPN) February 22, 2014
Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy questioned whether the players actually realized the gravity of the situation:
Hope these guys understand what a titanic embarrassment this effort is for US hockey.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 22, 2014
Dan Wolken of USA Today went with the sarcastic route:
USA Hockey: Good job, good effort.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) February 22, 2014
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:
Granlund on Teemu: “I think he could play for a few more years. Maybe 10.”— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 22, 2014
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:
Dutch win 8 of 12 golds at the oval. Wow.— Beth Harris (@bethharrisap) February 22, 2014
Winning in team pursuit gave Ireen Wust her fifth medal in Sochi, making her the 10th athlete to ever accomplish that feat:
Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust won five medals in Sochi -- the 10th Winter Games athlete and fifth speedskater to win five at a single Games.— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) February 22, 2014
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.