Sochi 2014 Olympics: Final medal count, cross-country ski, Austrian skier booted after drug test

The 2014 Sochi Olympics continued late Saturday night with events carrying into Sunday morning, while most in the U.S. were sleeping. Sochi is nine hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Here’s what fans may have missed:

Russians clinch most medals on home soil
Alexander Legkov and his Russian teammates swept the podium in Sunday’s first event, the men’s 50-kilometer freestyle cross country ski, to guarantee the host country would finish with the most medals at the Sochi Games. Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov took silver and bronze, prompting a wild celebration for the Russians at the finish line. Team Russia entered the day two ahead of the United States in the total medal count and tied with Norway for the most golds.

Austrian cross country skier booted after positive test
Johannes Duerr, a cross country skier from Austria, was kicked out of the Olympics Sunday morning after testing positive for EPO.  It’s the fifth doping transgression of the Games. Duerr finished eighth in skiathlon a week ago and was scheduled to compete in the 50K before testing positive. EPO is used to increase oxygen in the blood to boost stamina. Austrian Olympic Committee president Karl Stoss called it a “black day” for his country.

Americans slip in medal race
The United States began the weekend leading the total medal count in Sochi, but a day without a single American seeing the podium on Saturday brought the U.S. back to the pack. Russia had 32 total medals and a Sochi-best 12 gold heading into the Games’ final two events. The United States had 27 total medals, including nine gold while Norway had 26 and 11 gold. Canada and the Netherlands each scored 24 medals with the Canadians notching nine gold and the Dutch finding the top of the podium eight times.

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