Host Russia paces Sochi Winter Games medal race

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Capitalizing on its home field advantage, Russia has won the medals race in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Russians garnered a total of 33 medals – 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze — to become the fourth host nation to emerge victorious in the medal count, behind the US in 1932, Norway in 1952 and Canada in 2010.

Norway placed second with 11 gold, five silver and 10 bronze medals while Canada had 10 gold, 10 silver and five bronze medals.

With their men’s hockey win, Canada has swept all four traditional team sports, winning the gold in men’s and women’s curling and women’s ice hockey.

The Americans had nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals, including Steve Holcomb and his four-man bobsled team’s third-place finish. Netherlands landed in fifth with eight gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.

In the top ten were Germany (8-6-5), Switzerland (6-3-2), Belarus (5-0-1), Austria (4-8-5) and France (4-4-7).

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