Russian and American eyes got a rude awakening — if not a surprise — on Sunday as the Netherlands continued its borderline comical dominance of speed skating and logged three more medals, enough to retake a slim lead in the overall medal count in Sochi.
The Netherlands now have 17 medals on the Olympiad, barely ahead of Russia and the United States at 16. Norway and Canada lurk at 14 medals and Sweden has 13. Germany, meanwhile, maintains its gold medalist lead with seven (out of 12 overall medals).
The Dutch trio of Jorien ter Mors, Ireen Wust and Lotte van Beek swept the women's 1500m speed skating finals (with fellow countrywoman Marrit Leenstra in fourth place in the race, because the Netherlands says f--k you, rest of the speed skating world), pushing the Netherlands' speed skating medal total to 16 on the Olympiad, and the Netherlands' overall medal total to 17. The one Dutch medal outside of speed skating? A bronze... in short track. Hey, the Olympics consider them different events, and we've learned not to disagree with the Olympics.
The United States are close behind with 16 medals, as the Americans gathered two today in the men's Super-G. Andrew Weibrecht was 0.30 seconds behind Norwegian gold medalist Kjetil Jansrud, and Bode Miller tied for the bronze with Canadian Jan Hudec at 1:18.67. Bad news: they didn't just chop the bronze medal in half for Hudec and Miller to share. What-EVER, Sochi. Like you don't even care.
Elsewhere in these medalin' kids, Sweden took gold in the men's cross country 4 x 10 km relay over Russia and France, and Czech sensation Eva Samkova won gold in the snowboard cross, beating out Canadian Dominique Maltais and France's Chloe Trespeuch.
Here's a full breakdown of today's medal activity.