We are six days into the Winter Olympics, and there are already several countries emerging as the favorites to take home the most medals. Russia had to wait until day two of competition before picking up a gold medal. And the United States, which sent more athletes to the games than any other country, has only six total medals so far, two of which were gold. Other countries to keep an eye on: Norway, Canada, the Netherlands and Germany.
Norway, as expected, leads the table so far with 11 total medals — four gold, three silver and four bronze. They have six medals alone in the cross-country skiing event. No one is surprised at their success so far, as they are the most successful country in the Winter Olympics’ history. Expect them to stay on top of the pack.
Canada is off to an impressive start, having tied Norway for most golds so far . The freestyle skiing event was kind to Canada, with seven of their nine total medals coming in the event. You can count on them staying near the top of the medal table, but they will not continue to give Norway a run for their money as they have so far. A top-five finish, though, can be expected.
The Netherlands is perhaps the most surprising country high on the medal table one week in. However, it shouldn’t last long. Their eight medals, three of which are gold, have all come in the speed skating event. They likely won’t fare as well the rest of the way and will drop out of the top five of the table, though a top ten finish seems very likely now with their strong start.
Germany, along with the United States and Norway are always in the top three of the medals table, but they’ve been a disappointment thus far. They have just two medals — both were gold — but they have failed to win anything in speed skating or the Nordic Combined yet, which are usual strongpoints for the Germans.
Russia and the United States sit in fourth and fifth place right now in the medal table, respectively, but will undoubtedly be Norway’s stiffest competition for the most gold medals, and total medals as well. There are, however, 12 days remaining of competition, and positions are bound to shift before the end of the Games.
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