US medal count breaks record

Apolo Ohno's 8th career medal last night gave the US delegation their 34th medal of these Games, tying the most ever won by the US. The previous US record was set on home soil in 2002. It appears the US will win the medal count for only the second time in a Winter Olympics (first time was in Lake Placid in 1932).

But there are still two days of competition remaining. With silver medals representing the worst-case scenarios in men's hockey and men's speed skating team pursuit, the US will leave Vancouver with at least 36 medals, tying Germany (2002) for the most medals ever at a single Winter Olympics.

And the US does have a few chances to climb above the historic 36-medal mark. The remaining medal events in which the US has a good-to-reasonable chance of medaling include four-man bobsled (almost a sure thing...unless they crash), alpine skiing (men' slalom), snowboarding (parallel giant slalom), and speed skating (women's team pursuit).

Obviously, every medal counts, but if you had to single out any over-performers, I'd say the Nordic Combined guys deserve credit. Nordic Combined (aka NoCo or Nordic Confused) has traditionally been dominated by European and Scandinavian nations. The US, which had never won a NoCo medal before these Games, managed one gold and three silver medals over the last two weeks.

Props to Canada, who has made a late push in the gold column, racking up 10 gold medals. Does this mean they "own the podium"?

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