With the XXII Olympic Winter Games now officially in the books, it’s time to look back at some of the highlights that came out of Sochi, Russia, during these memorable two weeks of athletic contests.
The host country emerged from the games having won the greatest number of total medals (33), as well as the most gold medals (13). Norway followed with 11 golds and 26 overall, while Canada finished third with 10 golds and 25 total.
The U.S. did reasonably well, amassing nine golds, seven silvers, and 12 bronzes for a total of 28 medals across the 98 sporting events that comprised these Winter Olympics. There were some disappointments along the way — most notably the lack of any individual medals in men’s or women’s figure skating; the failure of the men’s hockey team to medal; and the crushing loss suffered by the women’s hockey team in the gold medal game — but there were some huge surprises as well, including 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin winning Team USA’s first gold in women’s slalom since 1972.
Along with Shiffrin, the following Americans left Sochi with a coveted gold medal and the title “Olympic Champion” in their respective disciplines:
- Maddie Bowman (Women’s Ski Halfpipe)
- Ted Ligety (Skiing — Men’s Giant Slalom)
- David Wise (Men’s Ski Halfpipe)
- Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Figure Skating — Ice Dancing)
- Joss Christensen (Skiing — Men’s Slopestyle)
- Jamie Anderson (Snowboarding — Women’s Slopestyle)
- Sage Kostenburg (Snowboarding — Men’s Slopestyle)
- Kaitlyn Farrington (Snowboarding — Women’s Halfpipe)
Congratulations to members of Team USA and all the other athletes around the world that competed on behalf of their home countries in the 2014 Sochi Games! The amazing display of sportsmanship and skill was appreciated by fans — both those that braved the elements in their heated jackets and gloves to watch in person and those that followed the action on television from the warmth and comfort of their living rooms.