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Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 22, 2010 07:45 PM

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- How successful has the United States been in the Vancouver Winter Games?

This successful: There are six days of competition remaining in the Games following today. And the US is already assured of tying its medal count from 2006.

With the women’s ice hockey team assured no worse than a silver medal by virtue of its rout of Sweden this afternoon in the semifinals, the US is guaranteed to win 25 medals, matching its output four years ago in Turin, Italy.

Team USA currently has won seven gold, seven silver and 10 bronze medals in Vancouver. Four years ago, the US won nine gold, nine silver, and seven bronze in Turino.

With two more medals, Team USA will set a record for most medals won at an Olympic Winter Games not held on US soil.

The most medals ever received by the US in an Olympic Winter Games was 34 (Salt Lake City, 2002).

The US has won the medal count at an Olympic Winter Games only once, at the Lake Placid 1932, where they collected 12 -- six gold, four silver and two bronze.

We're pretty sure there were no halfpipe or snowboardcross competitions in those days.

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