Tony Care - Monday Jan. 6, 2014 15:15 ET

Canada overtakes Russia for 3rd in World Cup standings

Freestyle skiers key to Canada's 11-medal surge on the weekend

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Justin Dorey, led a Canadian sweep in the men's World Cup freestyle halfpipe event in Calgary. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

Another strong performance in freestyle skiing propelled Canada past Russia into third place of the World Cup standings.

The freestyle skiers collected seven of the 11 medals earned this past weekend by Canadian athletes, including a surprising sweep in the men’s halfpipe that was led by Justin Dorey of Vernon, B.C.

Noah Bowman and Matt Margetts, both of Penticton, B.C., took the next two podium finishes. The Canadians collected all three medals in the event even with World Cup champion Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, Alta., sidelined with a bruised heel.

Canada now stands at 73 medals, four ahead of Russia.

Here’s how the top 10 nations stack up:

Olympic Countdown Medal Tracker (as of Jan. 6)

1. USA

Gold: 44
Silver:
38
Bronze:
43
Total:
125

Previous Rank:
1


2. GERMANY

Gold: 34
Silver:
38
Bronze:
22
Total:
94

Previous Rank:
2


3. CANADA

Gold: 26
Silver:
24
Bronze:
23
Total:
73

Previous Rank:
4


4. RUSSIA

Gold: 15
Silver:
32
Bronze:
22
Total:
69

Previous Rank:
3


5. Norway

Gold: 23
Silver:
14
Bronze:
18
Total:
55

Previous Rank:
7


6. AUSTRIA

Gold: 15
Silver:
15
Bronze:
23
Total:
53

Previous Rank:
6


7. KOREA

Gold: 21
Silver:
16
Bronze:
13
Total:
50

Previous Rank:
5


8. NETHERLANDS

Gold: 16
Silver:
11
Bronze:
18
Total:
45

Previous Rank:
8


9. JAPAN

Gold: 15
Silver:
10
Bronze:
16
Total:
41

Previous Rank:
10


10. CHINA

Gold: 12
Silver:
13
Bronze:
15
Total:
40

Previous Rank:
9

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