The 2014 Sochi Olympics concluded on Sunday after an exciting, jam packed couple of weeks. There were a lot of upsets and surprises, but that is the beauty of the Olympic Games. From the ring at the Opening Ceremony not opening up to the Twitter posts about how athletes were missing doorknobs to their rooms or getting stuck in the bathrooms, it was definitely an unforgettable Winter Games.
The final medal count is Russia in first with a total of 33 medals and the United States in second with 28 medals. Norway is in third with a total of 26 medals.
There were many upsets at these Olympic Games. There was a huge shock when the United States’ women’s hockey team was upset in the championship game against Canada and settled for silver. Another shock was when Shaun White didn’t even medal in the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe, ending his 2 gold medals in a row in the event. He even pulled out of Slopestyle to focus on the Halfpipe event. Bode Miller placed third in the Super-G, which was a shock since he was favored to win it all.
Here are some highlights of the United States success. The United States swept the Gold medals in the men and women’s Snowboard Slopestyle. We also swept the podium on Men’s Ski Slopestyle. We got bronze in the Team Figure Skating event. White and Davis, an ice dance pair, got gold in the Ice Dance with the highest ever score recorded. Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest person to ever win gold in women’s shlalom. Noelle Pikus-Pace won silver for the United States in women’s Skeleton. Who could forget the unbelievable penalty shot by T.J. Oshie for the Americans to beat the Russians in Men’s Hockey? It came some 20 years after the “Miracle on Ice” from the 1980 United States Men’s Hockey team when they upset the gold medal favorite, Soviet Union.
There was an emotional Sarah Burke tribute to the late American skier whom pushed to have Women’s Ski Halfpipe in the Olympic Games. She died in 2012 from a traumatic training injury.
The Russians then proceeded to make fun of themselves in the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Ring not opening up, at least they joke about it.
Overall, it was a very successful Winter Olympics and now it’s onto waiting for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.