2010 Olympic Medal Count: USA Inches Ahead
Two medals yesterday helped the United States extend its slim lead in the medal count over Germany. The U.S. captured two of the five medals handed out on Wednesday, earning two bronze medals. With four days of events left on the docket, can the United States hold on to its lead? What country jumped up in the rankings? Where does the host nation stand with 96 hours to go? Look inside to find out.
United States: 28 medals
As mentioned, the United States picked two bronze medals yesterday. The first game in the Women's Two-Man Bobsled. The team of Erin Pac and Elana Meyers rode Team USA Sled 2 to a third place finish.
The United States picked up its second bronze in the Women's 3,000-meter Short Track Relay. The team of Katherine Reutter, Lana Gehring, Alyson Dudek and Allison Baver originally finished fourth, but a Korean disqualification handed the United States the bronze.
The United States also ensured an opportunity at a medal in Men's Ice Hockey with the U.S.'s victory over Switzerland yesterday.
Germany: 26 medals
Germany failed to keep pace with the United States yesterday, picking up one medal thanks to Stephanie Beckert's silver in the Women's 5,000-meter Speed Skating. Beckert's silver pushed Germany's total to 10, giving them the overall lead in the category.
Norway: 18 medals
Norway picked up one additional medal on Wednesday. The Norwegian foursome of Petter Northug, Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset, Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Lars Berger took silver in the Men's 4x10-kilometer Relay/Classic Free—a Norwegian specialty.
Canada: 15 medals
Canada earned its seventh gold medal yesterday, tying its total from the 2006 Games. The duo of Heather Moyse and Kaillie Humphries came out victorious in the Two-Man Bobsled.
Not only did the Canadians take gold in the Bobsled, but they came up with the silver as well. The team of Shelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton finished 0.91 seconds behind their gold medal-winning teammates.
Russian Federation: 13 medals
Russia failed to capture a medal on Wednesday. Most notably, its hockey team get thrashed by host nation Canada. Russia's 13 medals are off the pace that saw the country grab 22 medals at the 2006 Games in Torino.
Korea: 10 medals
Korea was in line to win its sixth gold medal in the Women's 3,000-meter Short Track Relay, however judges ruled one Korean participant bumped a team member from China. The result was a disqualification of the Korean team and the loss of a medal. Korea will have a chance to redeem itself in the Women's 1,000-meter Short Track on Friday.