Medals and Missed Opportunities at the Winter Olympics
If you have been following the Winter Olympics, chances are you have seen 1 or 2 competitors from the Netherlands and Germany pick a medal. In the women’s 3000m speed skating event, the Dutch took a 3-medal haul with first, second and third place to dominate the medals tables early on. As it stands, the Netherlands has the second most medals with a total of 10 Olympic medals including 4 gold and 4 slivers. Germany are actually the table leaders with 5 Gold medals making a total of 9. The Norwegians are not ones to be left behind and actually have the most medals at this stage. They fewer gold and silver and more bronze medals though, putting them further down the medals table.
The Top 10 Medal Winners So Far
The USA is currently in 3rd place while Norway, Canada, France, Sweden, Austria, Italy and South Korea make up the top 10. Closer to home, Australia celebrated their first Olympic medal when New South Wales skier Matt Graham picked up the silver in the Moguls skiing event. He came second behind Mikaël Kingsbury of Canada who is regarded as the most successful moguls skier of all time. The Quebec native has a total of 48 wins under his belt along with 6 consecutive World Cup titles.
For team New Zealand, the illusive Olympic medal remains just out of reach. Injury has forced one of the country’s best snowboarders out of contention before he even got to compete. Snowboard slopestyle and big air racer Tiarn Collins fell during pre-competition training, dislocating his shoulder in the process. As for the rest of the New Zealand team, the country narrowly missed out on picking up their first Olympic medal in 26 twice in the last few days.
New Zealand Miss Out Yet Again
In the snowboarding event, Carlos Garcia Knight was in the gold medal position in the early stage of the competition but subsequently dropped out of the medals as more competitors climbed the ladder. Knight ended up in fourth position, just shy of the illusive bronze. The same unfortunate fate awaited speed skater Peter Michael. After landing in the gold medal position early on, competitors jumped ahead of his time to force him down to a disappointing fourth place.
While we can all see striking similarities to the 2014 Winter Olympics where New Zealand just dropped out of the medals, there is still plenty of action to come with more chances for medals in the speed skating and snowboarding events.
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