Norway is the most successful nation in winter Olympic history, both in terms of total medals won and gold medals won. And apart from cross-country star Petter Northug, who has battled to recover fitness after being hit by a virus last year, this year the team looked as strong as ever.
But in the event, the country's sportsmen have all by-and-large put in distinctly sub-par performances, spurring a spate of national hand-wringing and debate.
Have suppliers been secretly doling out new high-tech wax to Norway's rivals, as the team's wax technician suggested on Monday? Are skiers from Norway, with the country's colder, longer winters, simply less well-prepared than their rivals for the sort of sludgy snow conditions seen at Sochi? Have the country's Olympians simply got arrogant and lazy?
We'll probably never know,
But here is the list of Norway's Top Ten Sochi Olympic Medal Fails.
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