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US assured of tying own medals standard

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  February 26, 2010 05:18 PM

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It's another drizzly day here in Vancouver. But for the US Olympic team as a whole, the forecast remains spectacular.

By virtue of qualifying for tomorrow’s gold medal final in long-track speedskating team pursuit and by earning a spot in Sunday’s gold medal hockey game, Team USA is assured of no less than tying its record 34 medals won at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The US could add to that total in the final days of the Games. Short-track speedskating star Apolo Anton Ohno, who is already the most decorated Winter Olympian in US history with seven medals, including a pair here, goes for two more tonight when he competes twice in the 500 meters and the 5000-meter relay at Pacific Coliseum.

Before the Vancouver Games, the most medals the US had ever won at a non-US hosted Winter Games was 25 during the last Winter Olympics in Turino, Italy.

The US has topped the medal standings at only one other Olympic Winter Games – the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games, when its athletes collected 12 medals.

The record for most medals won by a nation in a single Olympic Winter Games is 36, set by Germany at the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

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