There's no place like home: The hosts upped their 2010 output (15 medals) to a table-topping 33.
The Dutch had four podium sweeps and 24 medals—all in speedskating.
Eight medals matched the country's previous winter total. (Slovenia first competed in 1992.)
Ninety years after they hosted the first Winter Games, the French had their best haul: 15 medals.
The hockey sweepers came within one medal of the 26 they won in Vancouver in '10.
The Nordic skiing machine climbed from 23 medals in the last Games to 26, good for third overall.
The Swedes won just two golds but still improved by four medals, to 15—including two in curling.
The hosts' neighbors won just six medals—but five of them were gold, the eighth-best total in Sochi.
The emerging Summer stars are making a Winter push, but their medal total fell from 11 in '10 to nine.
The Yanks fell from 37 medals to 28—but it was still their best for a non--North American Games.
NOT: SOUTH KOREA
Short-track woes caused the 2018 hosts to drop from 14 medals to a meager eight.
Achtung! The overall runners-up in Vancouver (30 medals) dropped to sixth (just 19).
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Team Canada had a Molson beer refrigerator at its Olympic house that could only be opened by scanning a Canadian passport.
THEY SAID IT
"Then eat me alive right now."
Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, coach of Russia's hockey team—which failed to medal—after a reporter pointed out that his predecessor had been "eaten alive" following the team's poor showing in 2010. Asked about the upcoming world championships, Bilyaletdinov said, "There will be a different coach because I won't exist anymore, since you will have eaten me."
AL TIELEMANS/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (SHIPULIN)
RUSSIAN BIATHLETE Anton Shipulin
WANG LILI/XINHUA/LANDOV (LEE)
SOUTH KOREAN SHORT-TRACKER Ho-Suk Lee
MOLSON CANADIAN (BEER)