As of Sunday evening, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics were officially over. Thousands of people cheered and applauded while fireworks lit up the Russian sky to represent the end of a 17-day celebration of global competition.
The host country, which invested $51 billion in the event, topped the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing which cost an estimated $40 billion. The large investment showcased the beauty of a city and country that a bad reputation following its days of communism and outlook on human rights.
Unfortunately, at a time that should be about athletes representing their countries and coming together in a celebration of sport, many of the headlines coming out of Russia were unrelated to sport. Reporters and journalists noted the unfinished construction of numerous hotels and building used for the games. Russia's policies on gays took front and center stage before the games even began.
Following all that, there were still athletes competing for their country. After over two weeks of events, and over 200 medals handed out the home country of Russia took home to overall medal count victory after winning 33 medals (13 gold, 11 silver, and nine bronze). They were followed by the United States, who won 28 total medals (nine gold, seven silver, and 12 bronze), and Norway who took home 26 medals (11 gold, five silver, 10 bronze).
Below is a list of the US athletes who took home medals.
- Ted Ligety – Alpine Skiing, Men's Giant Slalom
- Mikaela Shiffrin - Alpine Skiing, Women's Slalom
- David Wise – Freestyle Skiing, Men's Halfpipe
- Joss Christensen – Freestyle Skiing, Men's Slopestyle
- Maddie Bowman – Freestyle Skiing, Women's Halfpipe
- Meryl David & Charlie White – Figure Skating, Mixed Ice Dance
- Sage Kotsenburg – Snowboarding, Men's Slopestyle
- Kaitlyn Farrington – Snowboarding, Women's Halfpipe
- Jamie Anderson – Snowboarding, Women's Slopestyle
- Andrew Weibrecht – Alpine Skiing, Men's Super G
- Lauryn Williams & Elana Meyers – Bobsled, Women's 2-man Competition
- Gus Kenworthy – Freestyle Skiiing, Men's Slopestyle
- Devin Logan – Freestyle Skiing, Women's Slopestyle
- Women's U.S. Hockey Team
- Noelle Pikus-Pace – Skeleton, Women's Individual
- Eduardo Alvarez, Jordan Malone, John Celski, Christopher Creveling - Short track Speedskating, Men's 5,000m Relay
- Bode Miller – Alpine Skiing, Men's Super G
- Julia Mancuso – Alpine Skiing, Women's Super Combined
- Steve Holcomb & Steve Langton – Bobsled, Men's 2-Man Competition
- Steve Holcomb, Steve Langton, Curt Tomasevicz, Chris Fogt – Bobsled, Men's 4-Man Competition
- Aja Evans & Jamie Greubel – Bobsled, Women's 2-Man Competition
- Nicholas Goepper – Freestyle Skiing, Men's Slopestyle
- Hannah Kearney – Freestyle Skiing, Women's Moguls
- Meryl Davis, Jeremy Abbott, Gracie Gold, Marissa Castelli, Jason Brown, Charlie White, Ashley Wagner, Simon Shnapir – Figure Skating, Mixed Team
- Erin Hamlin – Luge, Women's Single
- Alex Deibold – Snowboarding, Men's Snowboard Cross
- Kelly Clark – Snowboarding, Women's Halfpipe
- Matthew Antoine – Skeleton, Men's Individual
We here at Olympic Games 101 and Sports Media 101 would like to congratulate all of the athletes who represented the United State of America and those who brought home medals as well. We hope you have a safe trip home!Tags: 2008 Summer Games, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, London, London 2012, NORWAY, Russia, Summer Olympics, United States