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Sochi Olympics medals table: Complete list and notes

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Back on Feb. 8, slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. won the first gold of the Sochi Olympics.

This morning, the Canadian men’s hockey team won the last gold of the Sochi Olympics with a 3-0 win over Sweden.

In between Kotsenburg and Team Canada’s respective coronations, a record-tying 26 nations claimed at least one of the 98 medals that were up for grabs in these Games.

But in the end, Russia reigned. They came away with the most medals, 33, five more than its closest competition, the U.S.

As noted by Olympic historian Bill Mallon, it’s only the fifth time a nation has won over 30 medals in a single Winter Olympics and it also marks an 18-medal improvement over the 15 medals they got four years ago in Vancouver (the second-biggest jump ever between two Winter Olympics).

And the Russians also won the most gold medals with 13 – five of which came from two competitors that were born in other countries (American-born snowboarder Vic Wild, Korean-born short track skater Victor Ahn).

It marks the first time a host nation has won on overall and gold medal counts at a Winter Olympics since Norway did it at Oslo in 1952. In those Games, the Norwegians won 16 medals, seven of them being gold.

And as noted last night, Ahn and Dutch speedskater Ireen Wust were the most decorated male and female Olympians in Sochi, respectively. Ahn won four medals altogether, while Wust captured five (two of them gold).

With that, here’s the final overall count from the XXII Olympic Winter Games…

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Russia 13 11 9 33
USA 9 7 12 28
Norway 11 5 10 26
Canada 10 10 5 25
Netherlands 8 7 9 24
Germany 8 6 5 19
Austria 4 8 5 17
France 4 4 7 15
Sweden 2 7 6 15
Switzerland 6 3 2 11
China 3 4 2 9
South Korea 3 3 2 8
Czech Republic 2 4 2 8
Slovenia 2 2 4 8
Japan 1 4 3 8
Italy 0 2 6 8
Belarus 5 0 1 6
Poland 4 1 1 6
Finland 1 3 1 5
Great Britain 1 1 2 4
Latvia 0 2 2 4
Australia 0 2 1 3
Ukraine 1 0 1 2
Slovakia 1 0 0 1
Croatia 0 1 0 1
Kazakhstan 0 0 1 1

2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be in San Jose

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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.

It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.

The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.

San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.

Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.

The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.

Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.

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Fiji Olympic rugby coach given 3 acres of land, special name

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Gold medalists Ro Dakuwaqa of Fiji and Fiji head coach Ben Ryan celebrate after the medal ceremony for the Men's Rugby Sevens on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Deodoro Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.

Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.

Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.

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