Feb 27, 2010 11:12 AM by Associated Press

US taking home lots of Olympic hardware

Some things haven't turned out exactly as expected, but the overall United States effort at
the Vancouver Olympics is a triumph.

The U.S. reached 34 medals with a silver and a bronze in short-track speedskating last night, and two more were clinched with the men's hockey team and men's team pursuit in speedskating advancing to a gold-medal match in which they can get no worse than silver.

That makes 36 medals, topping the U.S. record of 34 set at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and matching the record for the most by any country at any Winter Olympics, set by Germany in Salt Lake City.

Unless something wild happens over the final two days, the U.S. will win the overall medals race for only the second time.

While skier Lindsey Vonn was supposed to win all sorts of Alpine medals, injuries may have gotten in the way. But she's going home with a gold and a bronze. Vonn says she's "totally satisfied."

For Canada, the goal to "Own the Podium" isn't turning out to be a total loss either as they lead the gold medals race with 10.




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