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How Canada’s Sochi medal count stacks up to previous Games

Day 16 was Canada’s last chance to collect Olympic hardware — and they delivered. Canada will finish the Games ranked third overall — behind Russia and Norway — with 10 gold medals, 10 silver and 5 bronze, for a total of 25.

The total in Sochi is just one shy of Vancouver’s record performance when Canada collected 26 medals including 14 gold.

Use this interactive tracker to compare Canada’s performance, day by day, against each previous Olympic Games.

Each chart shows the number of medals earned each day, broken down by medal type. This year’s results will be posted throughout the Games as soon as they become available.



Use a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox to see advanced featuresCanada’s performance so farScreen Shot 2014-02-10 at 11.40.17 AMExplore each previous year:

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#SochiSelfies: Canadian athletes let loose at the closing ceremony

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The 9 most-shared moments from Canada’s Olympics

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Canada returns from Sochi with 10 gold and an impressive 25 medals – good enough for fourth place in total medals, third in number of golds.

But sometimes it’s the stories behind the medals that really remind us why we love the Olympics. Here are some of the moments from the Games that Canadians shared the most.

What was most memorable to you? Tweet us @GlobeOlympics

Women’s hockey comeback victory

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John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Canadians were taken on an emotional roller-coaster during Team Canada’s 3-2 overtime win against the U.S. When Canada was down 2-0 with just four minutes to go, it looked like all was lost. But Canada’s women battled on and pulled off a thrilling comeback that will live in Canadian sports history (and fans’ memories) for years.

 

Alex Bilodeau wins gold in moguls, again 

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When Alexandre Bilodeau earned his second consecutive gold medal in men’s moguls and celebrated at the bottom of the hill with his brother Frédéric, Canadians were brought back to a similar moment the two shared in Vancouver, 2010. Bilodeau described the historic run as “perfect” – a great way to also describe the end to his stunning Olympic career.

Canadian coach comes to the rescue of Russian skier 

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When a Russian cross-country skier fell and broke his ski during a race, Canadian coach Justin Wadsworth ran onto the course to help. The country rallied around the perfectly Canadian moment and lauded Wadsworth for showing what the Olympic spirit is all about.

Dufour-Lapointe sisters both get to podium

Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe holds hands before climbing on the podium after winning the gold and silver medals in the moguls at the Sochi Winter Olympics Saturday February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The Dufour-Lapointe sisters became Canada’s new family of skiing all-stars when Justine won gold and Chloé won silver in moguls. The eldest sister Maxime also competed in the same event and placed 12th. On the podium, the sisters laughed, they cried –  and Canadians did the same along with them.

Photo credit: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

Gilmore Junio gives up his speedskating spot 

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Denny Morrison was not scheduled to compete in the 1,000 m long-track event after falling in the Canadian qualifier. But teammate Gilmore Junio gave his spot to Morrison, who had a better shot at winning. The move paid off, with Morrison winning silver and Canadians hailing Junio as an Olympic hero.

Tessa and Scott end career with a silver 

Canadian ice dance partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir celebrate their silver medal in the rain at the medal ceremony in the Sochi Olympic park. #sochi2014 @johnlehmann

Canada’s figure skating sweethearts won silver, but their Olympic story line included a rift with their coach (who also coaches their U.S. rivals) and a raging debate over the results. But as Globe columnist John Doyle pointed out, it wasn’t Scott and Tessa who lost anything – it was us.

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Jennifer Jones leads undefeated curling team to gold 

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Canada’s team, led by Jennifer Jones, not only pulled off the gold-medal victory few had predicted, but set an Olympic record by going through all 11 matches of the Sochi Games undefeated. Proving that Jones, as her teammate said, is “one of the greatest skips of all time.” (The men’s team secured Canada’s reputation as a curling force to be reckoned with, when they took  home the gold medal a day later.)

Men’s hockey team dominates gold-medal game

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In its 3-0 victory against Sweden, Canada went on an undefeated 6-0 run to take the gold, becoming the first team since the Soviet Union in 1984 to do so. Anticipation ahead of the game was at an all-time high, with some cities passing special rules to allow bars to open and serve during the 7 a.m. ET game.

The kiss

Charles Hamelin and long-time girlfriend Marianne St. Gelais became a hit couple in the 2010 games after a video of her cheering his gold medal win went viral.

Here they are again after Hamelin won gold again in the 1500m in Sochi:

Charles Hamelin of Canada, right, embraces Marianne St. Gelais. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

Charles Hamelin of Canada, right, embraces Marianne St. Gelais. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

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Memes, jokes and jabs during the gold medal game

Nothing brings out Canada’s good humour like a high-stakes hockey game. Plenty of jokes and memes were circulating during the game. See something good? Let us know at @GlobeOlympics.

Canadian Tire vs. Ikea

The two iconic companies squared off on social media, with Canadian Tire challenging Ikea Canada to a wager on which team would win.

https://twitter.com/IKEACanada/statuses/437269256053743617

 

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Sochi Games come to a close amid fireworks and spectacle

Canadian athletes hold up the national flag as they arrive during the closing ceremony. (Darron Cummings/The Associated Press)

Canadian athletes hold up the national flag as they arrive during the closing ceremony. (Darron Cummings/The Associated Press)

Flushed with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated 17 days of sport-driven global unity on Sunday night with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach brought the Sochi Winter Games to a close:

There is no higher compliment than to say on behalf of all participants and on behalf of all of my fellow Olympic athletes – these were the athletes’ Games.

Russia’s first Winter Games ended with the host nation on top of the medals table. Canada was fourth with 25 medals, one shy of the total from four years ago in Vancouver.


Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries, right, and Heather Moyse carry the Canadian flag into the stadium for the closing ceremon. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries, right, and Heather Moyse carry the Canadian flag into the stadium for the closing ceremon. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The flag-bearers

Canadian gold medalist bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse will carry the Canadian flag in the athletes’ parade.

There was much speculation that speedskater Gilmore Junio would get the honour, but the bobsledders’ surprise medal (they were likely to get silver until the U.S. team bumbled their run) was enough to earn them the nod. They were defending the medal from Vancouver.


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(Pictures via Twitter)

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Performers dance during the closing ceremony. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)

Performers dance during the closing ceremony. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)

The spectacle


Performers form the Olympic rings. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

Performers form the Olympic rings. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

The in-joke

In a charming touch, the Sochi organizers used the ceremony to make a joke at their own expense. Dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump in the centre of the stadium. That was a wink to a technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks.

This time, it worked: As Russian President Vladimir Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd.


Russia's President Vladimir Putin stands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the start of the closing ceremony. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stands with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach at the start of the closing ceremony. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Sochi was Putin’s Games

The 2014 Winter Games came and went without a single iconic name or moment – unless you count Vladimir Putin. As Eric Reguly writes,

The face of the Sochi Games is Russian President Vladimir Putin. These were very much his Games, his way of proving to the world that Russia, a clapped out wreck of a state only a decade ago, could pull off a competent, glitch-free competition.


The Russian, left, Greek and South Korean flag fly during the closing ceremony. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)

The Russian, left, Greek and South Korean flag fly during the closing ceremony. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)

A nod to South Korea

The event featured a symbolic handover of the Olympic flag to Pyeongchang, South Korea, the host of the 2018 Games.

- With files from The Associated Press and Reuters

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Canada captures gold medal with 3-0 win over Sweden

Team Canada with their gold medals after beating Team Sweden in the gold medal final. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Team Canada with their gold medals after beating Team Sweden in the gold medal final. (John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Canada defeated Sweden 3-0 to win the gold medal in men’s hockey at the Sochi Games.

  • Read Eric Duhatschek’s game story here.

Jonathan Toews, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz scored for Canada while Carey Price made 24 saves for the shutout.

Canada becomes the first country to defend the Olympic title since NHLers began participating in 1998.

A first period goal by Jonathan Toews and a breakaway marker from Sidney Crosby midway through the second period gave Canada a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.

Much-maligned pick Chris Kunitz fired a wrist shot past Swedish netminder Henrik Lundqvist for Canada’s final goal.

Toews tipped in a Jeff Carter shot from the halfwall midway through the first period to put Canada on the board.

Canada began to take control after an early Swedish barrage and the dam finally broke when a neutral zone turnover turned into a Sidney Crosby breakaway. Canada’s captain made no mistake and beat Lundqvist on a backhand.

Canada forward Sidney Crosby scores a goal on Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Canada forward Sidney Crosby scores a goal on Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of the men’s gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
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Sweden activated their defence to begin the third period in an attempt to create some offensive opportunities but Canada’s defence held tight. As the period wore on, Canada’s cycle game took over, pinning Sweden deep in their own zone for long stretches.

Pundits expected Sweden to play a defensive style to counter Canada’s superior talent, especially without the services of top centre Nicklas Backstrom, but Sweden did the opposite and forechecked aggressively from the drop of the puck.

It paid off for Sweden in the early going as Canadian netminder Carey Price was forced into several early saves.

However, Canada was able to adapt and began to control play forcing Lundqvist into several acrobatic stops.

Although not terribly busy after an early barrage, Price made several key saves to maintain Canada’s lead.

Controversy

The Swedish Hockey Federation says Nicklas Backstrom was scratched from Sunday’s Olympic gold medal hockey game because he tested positive for a banned substance.

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What to watch on the final day of the Winter Olympics

Canada's team members and players with their gold medals pose for a group photo after defeating Sweden. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Canada’s team members and players with their gold medals pose for a group photo after defeating Sweden. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Day 16 was Canada’s last chance to collect Olympic hardware — and they delivered. Canada will finish the Games ranked third overall — behind Russia and Norway — with 10 gold medals, 10 silver and 5 bronze, for a total of 25. This is just one shy of Vancouver’s record performance when Canada collected 26 medals including 14 gold.

Gold for Canada’s men’s hockey team

Team Canada shut out Sweden in the gold medal final, winning 3-0. Sweden was considered a gold medal favourite heading into the Olympics while Canada, the defending gold medalist from Vancouver, had not won a medal in men’s hockey at a European-based Winter Games since it took silver in 1994 at Lillehammer.

Men’s 50 km mass start free

Canadian Alex Harvey was in fourth place going into Sunday’s cross-country ski event but finished a 19th with Canadian teammate Ivan Babikov coming directly behind in 20th.

Men’s Four-Man Bobsleigh

It was a disappointing conclusion for Canada. The medal hopefuls, Canada 3, were out of medal contention after an unfortunate crash yesterday. The team let some junior members race today so they could earn some Olympics experience and did not qualify for the final heat. Canada 2 finished in ninth place and Canada 1 finished in 13th.

Closing ceremonies

The Games of the 22nd Olympiad come to a close starting at 11 a.m. ET. Bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have been named Canada’s flag-bearers for the closing ceremonies.

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