As we and Stephen Colbert have repeatedly reminded everyone, a nation’s worth and display of world power is directly correlated to how many Winter Olympic medals they bring home. Great Britain bringing home one medal? And they call themselves a “world power”. Ha!
The United States will be bringing home a guaranteed 37 medals when these Games are all said and done. If the men’s hockey team wins today, we’ll have 10 golds, 14 silvers and 13 bronzes. Germany held onto their second place spot with 29–10 golds, 12 silvers, 7 bronzes. Canada came up from behind and is now in third place. Have they “owned the podium”? Well, at least at this point they’re on the podium. 25 medals for the home country (will be 26 after the hockey game today). 13 golds, 7 silvers and 5 bronzes.
The US will be leaving these Games with the most medals won by any country at any Winter Games ever! This is only the second time the US will win the medal count. The first time was in the Lake Placid Games in 1932.
Canada’s 13 golds matches the record for number of gold medals set by the Soviets in 1976 and Norway in 2002. It’s also the most gold Canada has won at any Olympics (summer or winter).
So while Canada set records too…judging by total medals won at these Games, clearly the world needs to bow to the United States. Our 37 medals have fixed the economy, ended the war on terror, and developed an excellent healthcare system. Neat.