Canada retains gold medal record at Winter Olympics
Mark set in Vancouver will stand after Sochi Olympics
The Canadian Olympic team may not have hit the medal count they were hoping for in Sochi, but they can be secure in the knowledge that a record they set in Vancouver will live on.
Canada’s record-setting number of gold medals won in Vancouver wasn’t broken at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Host nation Russia came up short, finishing with 13 gold medals, one back of Canada’s record-setting haul of 14 won in Vancouver.
Russia’s 13 golds matches the mark set by Norway in 2002 and the Soviet Union in 1976.
The United States’ record number total medals won, set in Vancouver as well, will also stand. The Americans took 37 medals in 2010, breaking Germany’s mark of 36 set by Germany in 2002.
Again, it was the host nation that came the closest to setting the mark, as Russia finished with 33 medals, winning 11 silver and nine bronze to go along with its 13 golds. The Russian Olympic team won the medal race outright, placing first in overall medals and gold medals won.
Before the Games, Canada was projected to win around 11 to 13 gold medals and 30 total. The Canadian team fell short in both marks but still finished third in the gold medal race, taking 10 gold, 10 silver, and five bronze from Sochi.
Norway was second with 11 gold, five silver and 10 bronze.
Canada’s 25 medals total was fourth overall, behind Norway (26), the United States (28), and Russia (33).