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Final Medal Count For Canada Unlikely To Match 2010 Olympics

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In the men's 1000m quarterfinals, Canada's Charles Hamelin crashes out in his favoured event. Canada is unlikely to match its final medal count from the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images) | Getty

With the 2014 Sochi Olympics approaching their end, it seems Canada will not match its lofty final medal count from the Vancouver Games.

This is the final medal count from the 2010 Olympics.

final medal count vancouver

And this is where Canada stood at the end of the day Wednesday.

medal count canada sochi

Canada still has a strong shot at winning gold in men's and women's hockey and both curling competitions and could pull out wins in freestyle skiing and short-track speedskating. But it now seems near impossible that Canada will match the 14 golds that put it on top of the medal count at the end of the Vancouver Games.

Canada's Olympic Committee made victory in the medal count a priority ahead of the 2010 Games with the Own the Podium initiative and stated that the top spot was again the goal in Sochi.

But as of Wednesday, the Netherlands had more medals just from long-track speedskating (21) than the entire Canadian team.

Things started strongly for the Canadian team but have slowed considerably in week two. Short-track Canadian skater Charles Hamelin captured one of Canada's first golds in Sochi but has been shutout since. He was expected to compete for as many as four medals. Canada's luge team, which was expected to bring home some hardware, failed to capture any medals.

But regardless of what happens with the final medal count, Canadians will likely be satisfied if the hockey teams can bring home gold. Canada's women compete for gold Thursday and the men's team will play the United States in the semifinals Friday.

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