Norway and Sweden top medals table in Cross-Country

26 February 2014 20:06
Marit Bjoergen writes history and is joined on the podium by Johaug (left) and Steira (right)
Marit Bjoergen writes history and is joined on the podium by Johaug (left) and Steira (right) -
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The Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden topped the Cross-Country medals table in Sochi with each collecting a stunning 11 medals. But the competitions at the Laura Cross-Country stadium were nothing short of surprises.

Biggest Surprise

Just over three weeks ago, Finland’s Iivo Niskanen was crowned the U23 World Champion at the FIS Nordic U23 World Championships in Val di Fiemme (ITA). The young Finn and classical technique specialist carried the momentum to the Olympics. In the 15 km classic finished in fourth place behind Sweden’s Daniel Richardsson only +0.2 behind the bronze medal. Disappointment transformed into a gold medal dream when Niskanen and his teammate Sami Jauhojärvi won the team sprint just a few days later.

Best Storyline

Before Sochi, not many would have predicted two Olympic gold medals for Dario Cologna. Switzerland's superstar, who was sidelined since November due to ankle surgery, took his first gold medal of the Sochi Games in skiathlon and also dominated the 15 km classic. Cologna became only the eighth athlete in any sport to successfully defend his Vancouver 2010 title in Sochi and was one of the most successful Swiss athletes at the Games.

Records

Norway’s Marit Bjørgen became the most successful lady in Olympic Winter Games history. The Norwegian ace has won six gold medals, three silver and one bronze in her career. In Sochi Bjørgen claimed three gold medals and equalled Darya Domracheva (BLR, biathlon) as the lady with the most gold medals in Sochi.

Best venue moment

Russian Cross-Country skiing fans had to wait until the final day for gold medal success. Alexander Legkov led the Russian squad in 50 km free to win his first gold medal as Maxim Vylegzhanin took silver and Ilia Chernousov landed in third. Russia claimed its first medal sweep at the Olympic Games since 78 years.

Ones to watch for PyeongChang 2018

Besides the rising stars of Finnish Cross-Country skiing Iivo and Kerttu Niskanen, there are several other skiers to watch out for in four years at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR).

Norway’s Heidi Weng claimed bronze in skiathlon and once may become the new leader of the Norwegian team after Marit Bjørgen. Furthermore, an eye should kept on Stina Nilsson of Sweden (21) who claimed bronze in the team sprint classic with Ida Ingermasdotter. Also Denise Herrmann (GER), who is the current Sprint World Cup leader, is a great talent and might be the one to lead the German team in four years at the Olympic Winter Games in Korea. 

Medals table Cross-Country

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

NOR

5

2

4

11

SWE

2

5

4

11

SUI

2

0

0

2

RUS

1

3

1

5

FIN

1

2

0

3

POL

1

0

0

1

FRA

0

0

1

1

GER

0

0

1

1

SLO

0

0

1

1


To view all medallists, click here. http://www.sochi2014.com/en/cross-country-medals