The Sochi Olympics has been an exciting one for sure. Between the political controversies and the intense competition during each sport, the athletes, nation leaders and the fans are never going to forget these games.
The metal standings are as follows:
Russia: 33 total. 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze.
USA: 28 total. 9 gold, 7 silver, and 12 bronze.
Norway: 26 total. 11 gold, 5 silver, and 10 bronze.
The opening and closing ceremonies were both absolutely beautiful. $50 billion was put into this year’s games, being the most expensive Olympic Games yet. Although there was a malfunction with the Olympic rings in the opening ceremony, Russia showed their sense of humor when it was time to do the Olympic rings again in the closing ceremony. This time, they used people instead of the electronic snowflakes and redid the malfunction, but had the dancers run out to actually complete the rings this time. The crowd went crazy, absolutely loving it, and now that part has become the highlight of the closing ceremony.
Best of Olympic Hockey: Canada swept the podium, beating the USA against both the men and women. Team USA mens hockey did not take home any medals seeing as Finland took home bronze and the USA did not score any points during that game. For womens hockey, the weight of the world was on team USA to beat Canada since hockey is Canada’s sport and people wanted to see them beat, but although the women played their hearts out, Canada beat them in overtime.
Mens Free-ski Slopestyle: Slopestyle was new to the winter Olympics this year and the USA men pulled through sweeping the podium, making history.
Best of Figure Skating: It was historic for the USA as no dance team – or pairs team for that matter – had ever won Olympic gold. Up to this point, Davis and White are the only Americans to have won multiple medals.
Best of Bobsled: Night Train pilot Steven Holcomb drove 2 and 4 men bobsleds to bronze medals, making it a four medal Sochi performance from the USA bobsledders.
Best of Snowboarding: Sage Kotsenburg is the American who brought home the gold in mens snowboard slopestyle for the USA, possibly making a historic shift for this new event for snowboarding. Mark McMorris has become the new threat to snowboard slopestyle also, being on team Canada. He’s completed legendary tricks and took home the bronze for Canada all while Sochi being his first Olympics. As for Shaun White, he left Sochi without a medal, shocking the world, seeing as he is pinned as the biggest competition for all of the men in professional snowboarding, and he is known as the best snowboarder in the world. He was so focused on his halfpipe run, but was too shaky to receive the scores he wanted. Maybe he’ll continue to make history in South Korea in 2018. For the womens snowboard slopestyle, legend Jamie Anderson proudly took home the gold for team USA, and legend Kelly Clark took home bronze in the halfpipe.
For even more, check out nbcolympics.com
Let the countdown to 2018 begin and we’ll see our summer Olympians in Rio in 2016 =)