By Matthew Taber
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi had a mix of accomplishments and disappointments for the United States.
Taking first in medal count is Russia with 33 total medals. The United States came in second with 28 medals- nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze.
Despite bad weather conditions, David Wise, three-time defending Winter X-Games champion, won gold in the Men’s Halfpipe Freestyle Skiing. Wise scored a 92 on his first run and was able to maintain it even as the weather worsened.
“It was almost impossible to see the top of the pipe from the base by the end of the contest,” he told ESPN. All four of the final skiers had trouble and fell.
Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took gold, silver, and bronze in the Men’s Slopestyle. This makes the third time in history that the United States has won all three medals in a single event during the Winter Olympics.
After 17 years of working together, Meryl Davis and Charlie White took gold medal in Ice Dancing.
“We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that. You dream of this for so long, work so hard,” White told ESPN. Their gold-medal win made them the first Americans to win a gold medal in Ice Dancing.
Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest gold medal winner in Olympic Slalom. After correcting herself mid-run she finished in a two-leg combined time of 1 minute 44.54 seconds.
“Today was one of the most special days of my life,” Shiffrin told ESPN.
Winning with a 0.93 seconds lead, Ted Ligety took home the gold medal in Men’s Giant Slalom. He became the first American man to win gold in giant slalom and the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine Skiing. He earned the first gold medal in 2006 in combined during the Turin Games.
While the United States had a record number of athletes sent to the Olympics, the medal count was nine less than in Vancouver in 2010.
The Americans were expected to win as many as eight medals in Speedskating but came away with none.
“We came in here being one of the most decorated disciplines in the Winter Olympics, and we come away with zero medals. It’s horrible,” Shani Davis, 2006 and 2010 gold medalist, told ESPN.
Ice Hockey had mixed results with the women’s team taking home the silver medal after a third-quarter come back from the Canadian Team. Jocelyne Lamoureux said their gold-medal chance, “only comes around once every four years. It just sucks.” While the men’s team didn’t manage to reach the pedestal.
Despite these disappointments many people were able to have their own successes. United States ski and snowboard had a record-tying 17 athletes win medals.
Bode Miller became the oldest medalist in Olympic Alpine history. Julia Mancuso won four medals, becoming the United States woman with the most medals in Alpine.
They also did well in bobsled, winning silver and bronze. Steven Holcomb won in the two-man race, ending the 62-year medal drought.