2010 Olympics: U.S. finishes strong

The U.S. finished strong in the 2010 Winter Games with a total of 37 medals overall spanning events from bobsled to snowboard.

During the weekend, the U.S. continued its winning spree bringing in medals in three speed skating events. On Friday, the team of J.R. Celski, Travis Jayner, Jordan Malone and Apolo Ohno earned the bronze in the men’s 5000-meter speed skating relay. On Saturday, another U.S. team of skaters, Jonathan Kuck, Trevor Marsicano, Chad Hedrick and Brian Hansen, won the silver in the men’s team pursuit speed skating event.

The ladies also saw success on the ice with Katherine Reutter’s silver in the ladies’ 1000-meter speed skating event.

The U.S. won its lone gold of the weekend in the men’s bobsled four-man event. The team of Justin Olsen, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steve Mesler and Steve Holcomb took the top spot with a track record time of 50.89 seconds amongst three other good runs. The silver medal winners, Canada, lagged behind by .38 seconds at the completion of four runs.

After a huge victory over Finland, 6-1, the U.S. men’s hockey team headed into the gold medal game against Canada, the final event of the 2010 Winter Games, with high hopes after beating Canada 5-3 in the men’s preliminary round of play. In the gold medal game, the teams were tied 2-2 in overtime when Canada’s Sidney Crosby scored the game’s winning goal. When Crosby isn’t representing Canada, he plays in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby’s goal completed the game 3-2 and Canada ended the Vancouver Winter Games with its own national anthem playing proudly.

The U.S. took home the most medals at these Winter Games, bringing in seven more than second place Germany.

However, the U.S. finished tied for third with Norway in total gold medals won with nine. Canada had 14 and Germany had 10.

U.S. medal count:

9 Gold

15 Silver

13 Bronze