VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The U.S. got the medals. Canada got the gold.
In a remarkable show of depth and talent by the North American neighbors, the United States won the overall medals race with 37 - the most ever by any country at the Winter Games.
Canada, thanks to a thrilling overtime win yesterday over the U.S. in the men's hockey final, captured the most gold medals - 14, breaking the record for any Winter Olympics.
Indeed, Canada won more gold at these games than it had at any previous Olympics, winter or summer. The host country finished third in total medals with 26, its best ever Winter Games. Even though Canada fell short of the overall lead - the brash pre-games goal of its $117-million Own the Podium program - the result was cause for national jubilation.
The U.S. total of 37 exceeded all expectations - and marked only the second time in the 21 Winter Olympics that Americans had won the medals count, the other coming at Lake Placid in 1932. "It's hard to imagine we could have done much better," said Scott Blackmun, the new CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee. "Our athletes have done a phenomenal job."
Germany, which won in Turin four years with 29 total medals and 11 golds, finished second this time, winning 30 medals, 10 of them gold. Norway was fourth with 23. - AP