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Sunday February 21, 2010 10:03 pm

US leads medal count halfway through Olympics




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, Olympics,

Apolo OhnoAs the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver roll on, it’s time to take a look at how things are going on the podium. We’re just past the halfway-point of the Games and the United States has a commanding lead in the medal count. The States have already amassed their third-highest medal total ever. They won 25 medals in Turin in 2006, and won 34 as hosts in Salt Lake City in 2002. With 24 medals so far, they are on pace to have their most successful Olympic Winter Games.

As it stands now, the States lead in gold and bronze medals with seven and 10 respectively, and are tied for most silvers with Germany at seven. Naturally, their total 24 medals has them well in the lead ahead of Germany and Norway, the only two other nations who have cracked the double-digit medal total. With 150 total medals awarded, the US has captured 16 percent of them, and they don’t appear to be slowing down at all.

The US still has several chances to win even more medals, with some speed skating events to come, figure skating, and, of course, their men’s and women’s hockey teams. So far, Bode Miller has lead the States with a medal of each color in alpine skiing, while Lindsey Vonn has a gold and bronze and Julia Mancuso has two silvers in the alpine events as well. Shani Davis has a gold and silver in long track speed skating, and Apolo Ohno has been scorching the short track, winning a silver and a bronze.

The host Canadians, contrary to their stereotypically friendly persona, began what was called the “Own the Podium” campaign years ago in an attempt to not only have their most successful Winter Olympics, but also set the bar for success in 2010. To this point, they have just nine medals and sit fourth in the medal standings. Their Own the Podium campaign has annoyed several nations, with their seemingly cocky demeanor, despite the actual intentions of the idea, and the United States has responded most appropriately; by owning the podium.

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