Olympic Medal Counts: USA Maintains Narrow Lead Over Germany
A very strong weekend keeps the United States ahead in the medal count, but the margin is closing. The United States Olympic Team continues to make a statement by leading the overall medal count, and the run should continue during the Games' final week.
The U.S. currently holds a four-medal lead heading into Tuesday's action, but Germany is nipping at the heels of the U.S. Heading into the week, the United States led in total medals and total gold medals, but has seen Germany tie the gold medal mark. Additionally, a new face broke into the top five with a weekend of medaling that nearly matched the U.S.
United States: 25 medals
Bode Miller was the face of the Americans' successful weekend when he earned his first Olympic gold medal in the Super Combined. Miller also took the silver in the Super G. With three medals, Miller has unquestionably redeemed himself following his disappointing performance at the 2006 Games in Torino.
A gold medal in the Men's 1,500-meter Speed Skating still eludes Shani Davis who took silver in the event. The team of Charlie White and Meryl Davis took silver in last night's ice dancing event.
Apolo Ohno set a U.S. Olympic record when he won the bronze medal in the 1,000-meter Short-Track Speed Skating. Lindsey Vonn won her second medal of the Games by winning bronze in the Super G. Andrew Weibrecht also won bronze in the Super G.
The 25 medals equal the U.S. total from the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Germany: 21 medals
Germany equaled the U.S. gold medal total of seven thanks to the duo of Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske who took gold in Men's Doubles Luge. Not to be outdone, the pair of Claudia Nystad and Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle won gold in Team Cross-Country Sprint. Axel Teichmann and Tim Tscharnke took silver in the Men's Team Cross-Country Sprint.
Not only did Germany tie the U.S. for most golds, but took over the lead in total silver medals won with nine. Germany won 29 medals, and the won the medal count, at the 2006 Games.
Norway: 14 medals
Norway tacked on six more medals since the start of the weekend, led by the gold-medal effort of Petter Northug and Oeystein Pettersen in the Men's Cross-Country Team Sprint.
Norway picked up three bronze medals, led by Havard Bokko's third place finish in 1,500-meter Speed Skating. Audun Groenvold took the bronze in the first-ever Olympic run of Ski Cross, and a bronze-medal effort in the Men's Team Ski Jumping.
Russian Federation: 11 medals
The Russian Federation appears in the top five for the first time of the Olympics, led by Evgeny Ustyugov's gold medal in the Biathlon 15-kilometer Mass Start. Olga Zaitseva took silver in the Women's Biathlon 12.5-kilometer Mass Start.
Maxim Shabalin and Oksana Domnina won the bronze medal in Ice Dancing. The Russian Federation also took bronze in the Men's and Women's Team Cross-Country Sprint Free.
Canada: 10 medals
Will the disappointment of losing to the U.S. in Men's Hockey temper the fact that Canada picked up two more gold medals over the weekend?
The teenage pair of Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue won the gold in Ice Dancing, and Jon Montgomery won the gold medal in Men's Skeleton.
Kristina Groves picked up her second medal of the Games with a silver medal in the Women's 1,500-meter Speed Skating.
Korea: nine medals
Korea picked up two more gold medals over the weekend thanks to Jung-Su Lee (pictured) with his victory in the 1,000-meter Short Track Speed Skating and Sang-Hwa Lee's win in the Women's 500-meter Speed Skating.
Korea also picked up a silver in the Men's 1,000-meter Short Track Speed Skating thanks to Ho-Suk Lee and another silver in Women's 1,500-meter Short Track Speed Skating due to Eun-Byul Lee.
Austria: nine medals
Andrea Fischbacher took the headline for Austria over the weekend with her gold medal in the Women's Super G. Austria also took gold in Men's Team Ski Jumping. Andreas Matt won silver in Men's Ski Cross and Gregor Schlierenzauer won bronze in Men's Individual Large Hill Ski Jumping.