MOSCOW, February 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s national Olympic team has arrived in Moscow from the southern Russian resort of Sochi, which hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Games on February 7-23.
The aircraft with the Russian team landed at the Sheremetyevo Airport outside Moscow, and was in for a solemn reception.
Russia took the first place in the 2014 Winter Olympics’ medal standings. Team Russia finished the Sochi Games with the overall result of 33 won medals (13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals) surpassing its previous Winter Olympics record of 11 gold medals, set at the 1994 Winter Games in Norway’s Lillehammer.
Thus, the Russian athletes showed a better result this time than the Soviet Union achieved at the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games (13+6+8) due to a higher number of silver medals. The Russian athletes also gained more awards than the record 29 medals the Soviet team won at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Team Russia became the fourth team that won Winter Olympics held at home. Earlier, the United States won the 1932 Lake Placid Games (12 medals, including 6 golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes), Norway won the 1952 Oslo Games (16 medals, including 7 golds, 3 silvers and 6 bronzes), and Canada won the 2010 Vancouver Games (26 medals, including 14 golds, 7 silvers and 5 bronzes).
The 2014 Sochi Games were also the first Winter Olympics since 1952 when the Games’ hosting country won the highest overall number of awards as well as the biggest number of gold medals.