Russia Won More Gold Medals Than Us . . . But Only Because an American Snowboarder Raced for Russia This Year
The U.S. picked up three more medals over the final weekend of the Olympics, but it wasn't enough to beat Russia in overall medals OR in gold medals. They ended up beating us by two golds . . . but we could have ended up TIED.
Here's how: An American-born snowboarder named Vic Wild won two gold medals in the men's alpine events. The problem is, the U.S. got rid of its alpine snowboarding team after the last Winter Olympics.
And Wild is married to a Russian snowboarder named Alena Zavarzina. So instead of racing for us, he became a Russian citizen and raced for THEM this time. (And by the way, she won a bronze medal this year.)
So, if he'd won those two medals as an AMERICAN, we would have had 11, so would Russia, and so would Norway.
As far as OUR medals go, Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold in women's slalom on Friday, which was her only medal of the Olympics. And our short track speed skating team took silver in the men's 5,000 meter relay.
In hockey, the men's team lost to Finland 5-0 on Saturday. So Finland took the bronze, Sweden got silver, and Canada won gold.
But yesterday, we DID pick up a bronze in the four-man bobsled, where the U.S. team included Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, who also won bronze in the TWO-MAN bobsled this year.
Another member of the four-man team was Chris Fogt, who's a captain in the ARMY and goes back on active duty in about two months.
Here's the final medal count from Sochi.
1. Russia with 33 medals . . . 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze.
2. The United States with 28 medals . . . 9 gold, 7 silver, and 12 bronze.
3. Norway with 26 medals . . . 11 gold, 5 silver, and 10 bronze.