John Shuster and his four teammates — Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and Joe Polo — made history on Saturday, defeating Sweden, the top-ranked team in the world, 10-7 to win America’s first-ever gold medal in the event. Shuster, in his fourth consecutive Olympic appearance, executed the biggest shot in the history of American curling: a double takeout for five points in the eighth end, a move that all but sealed the gold medal for Team USA.
Team USA’s women’s hockey team also won gold for the first time in 20 years, breaking Canada’s streak of four consecutive Olympic titles. The gold-medal game came down to a shootout and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson secured the championship win for the U.S. with a tie-breaking goal in the sixth round, using a move she calls “Oops, I did it again.”
Our Olympic power rankings, calculated on a scale of 1 to 100, reward countries for strong finishes off the podium in addition to winning medals. It is also adjusted for the number of athletes sent to compete. For example, Norway has 109 athletes — the 10th-most among participating countries — in these Olympics, so we should expect them to get a larger share of the medals than most of the national teams in PyeongChang.
To account for smaller nations, such as Liechtenstein (three athletes), the ratio of medals to athletes will be regressed to the mean, giving us an adjusted rate for power ranking purposes only. Using the number of athletes instead of number of events in which a country participates gives extra credit to multiple-medal winners from the same nation, and it also evens out in team events since countries entered in those sports will have the same roster size.
So, who is dominating these Games? Here’s a look that doesn’t stop at the podium:
1. Norway: 39 medals, 109 athletes, non-medalists finish in the 59 percentile | Power rating: 39.9
Marit Bjoergen won the final event of the PyeongChang Olympics, earning gold in the women’s 30-km mass start classic. Her gold medal, the 15th Olympic medal of her career and fifth of 2018, pushed Norway to the top of the medals table, just ahead of Germany.
Norway ended the 2018 Winter Games with a staggering 39 medals, surpassing the largest previous total medal count of 37, a record set by the Americans eight years ago at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Norway’s previous best at a Winter Games was its 26 medals in 2014 (Sochi) and 1994 (Lillehammer).
2. Netherlands: 20 medals, 34 athletes, 52nd percentile | Power rating: 37.7
Ireen Wuest, the speedskater from the Netherlands, won a gold medal and two silvers in these Games, making her the most decorated speedskater in Olympic history. Wuest wasn’t the only dominant speedskater for the Dutch. They won the men’s 1,500-meter and the 5,000, plus the women’s 1,000, 1,500, 3,000 and 5000.
3. Germany: 31 medals, 156 athletes, 56th percentile | Power rating: 31.8
Germany cruised to gold in the four-man bobsled event in a sled piloted by Francesco Friedrich, beating South Korea and the second German crew by 0.53 seconds. And despite the overtime loss in men’s ice hockey, resulting in a silver medal, The Germans had an impressive showing at the 2018 Winter Games overall: their 14 gold medals tied with Norway for the most in PyeongChang, with the average finish of their non-medal athletes sitting well in the top half of their respective events.
8. Olympic Athletes from Russia: 17 medals, 163 athletes, 48th percentile| Power rating: 23.1
Late Saturday night, the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) took home hockey’s top international prize, beating Team Germany 4-3 in overtime in the final round of the 2018 men’s ice hockey tournament, giving the country’s representatives — Russia had initially been barred from the Olympics in December after an investigation uncovered hundreds of athletes using performance-enhancing drugs at previous Games — 17 medals in PyeongChang.
11. United States: 23 medals, 241 athletes, 44th percentile | Power rating: 21.6
The Americans finished fourth on the medal table with 23 medals (nine gold, eight silver and six bronze) with a dominating showing in the snowboarding events. Team USA’s snowboarders accounted for seven of the 23 medals by the U.S., which was the most from any sport. Four of America’s nine gold medals also came from snowboarding.
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20. Czech Republic: 7 medals, 95 athletes, 38th percentile | Power rating: 18.7
Ester Ledecka, by all accounts a snowboarder, shocked the world last week when she finished first in the ladies’ super-G — an event in which she had never placed higher than 29th in international competition. Then, a few days later, she won gold in the women’s snowboard parallel giant slalom event, becoming the first athlete to ever medal in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding events at the same games. Heck, she was the first woman to even compete in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding events, showing how rare a feat this was.
Here’s how the rest of the countries stack up:
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