Russia officially won the "Gold War," as it made a late push, collecting two gold medals on the final day to go clear of Norway and finish first in the medal table. The Russians also held onto the overall lead, adding four on Day 16 to keep the United States at arm's length.
Here's a look at the final standings.
As former Olympian Steve Mesler pointed out on Twitter, Russia's ascendancy over the last four years has been astounding. It more than doubled its medal output of 2010 (15) and quadrupled its number of golds (3):
There was still a tight race heading into Sunday. Norway was in a tie with Russia at 11 gold medals, and you couldn't completely count out the United States in the overall medal race. However, the four-man team of Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, Alexey Voevoda and Alexander Zubkov won gold in men's bobsled, and Alexander Legkov, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov swept the podium in the men's 50-kilometer cross-country race.
It was the only time throughout the Olympics that Russia took all three medal positions in one event, per Nataliya Vasilyeva of the Associated Press:
Despite finishing second overall, many Americans may view the 2014 Winter Olympics as a disappointment. Lindsey Vonn was injured in training and missed the Olympics altogether; Shaun White failed to earn a medal in snowboard halfpipe; the speedskating team was a miserable failure; and the men's ice hockey team capitulated in the bronze-medal game against Finland.
Larry Probst, chairman of the United States Olympic Committee came to the Olympians defense, saying, "I couldn't be more proud of our Olympic team," per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).
Alan Ashley, managing director of sport performance for the USOC, also came to the defense of the American athletes.
"We came here to compete," he said. "We came here with a great team and they've done a great job. Things don't always shake out exactly the way you think they're going to, but the surprises are sometimes way more surprising than the disappointments."
Those words will offer little comfort to those fans in the U.S. who expected more.
The United States' neighbors to the north went on to win gold in men's ice hockey, becoming the first team since 1984 to go unbeaten throughout the Olympics, per ESPN Stats and Info:
Although, Canada finished with 25 overall medals, three short of the U.S., they did grab 10 golds, which was one better than the Americans.
One of the bigger stories throughout the Winter Olympics was the performance of the Dutch speedskating team. ESPN's Paul Carr had some of the incredible stats from the Netherlands' dominance in the Adler Arena:
Female speedskater Ireen Wust won five medals all by herself, becoming the 10th athlete of all time and fifth speedskater to match the feat, per Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch:
Considering the Netherlands is a country with about 17 million people, it's astounding that the Dutch dominated the track as much as they did.
Whether or not they can carry that over to 2018 is just one of many storylines that will surround the Winter Olympics four years from now.
But that's still a ways off. For the time being, Russia will bask in the glory that came with its Sochi success.
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