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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

Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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