Infostrada predicts Sochi 2014 Olympics medal totals

By Hannah Gullickson,

With the 2014 Winter Olympics about to start Sochi, Russia, virtual medal table called InfoStrada Sports has posted its predictions for the number of gold, silver and bronze medals earned for the top 26 countries competing. Meanwhile, U.S. athletes have been ramping up their game to earn their spot as gold medal winners.

NBC Sports' OlympicTalk notes that Infostrada Sports has listed its gold medal predictions, with Norway and the U.S. in the lead of 14 gold medals each, and Canada following with 11.

Germany, France, Russia, South Korea, the Netherlands and China will follow these countries with gold medals numbering to 10, 6, 5, 5, 5 and 4. Austria, Sweden and Slovenia will follow with three gold medals each, while Japan, Poland and the Czech Republic will earn a total of two gold medals each. The remaining countries will earn either one gold medal or none, according to these predictions.

These past few months, U.S. athletes such as skiers Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin have been competing worldwide to earn a spot in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Ligety earned his first gold in the World Cup’s super combined this Friday, and three gold medals in the 2013 world championships at Schaldming, Austria, notes the Associated Press. InfoStrada predicts that Ligety will win two Olympic gold medals in slalom and super combined, and one silver medal in the super-G.

With Shiffrin winning her second World Cup trophy this Tuesday, notes NBC Sports, InfoStrada predicts she’ll win her first Olympic gold in slalom.

Unfortunately, InfoStrada Sports lists no medals for the U.S. or Canada in men’s hockey, and no medals for U.S. figure skating. On the other hand, this year’s medals will rise from Vancouver’s Olympics for the U.S. and Norway, when each won 9 medals in 2010, while Canada won 14 gold medals and Germany won 10 that year.

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