Team USA's Sochi Games report card

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The Winter Olympics are past their midway point, and the lofty early expectations that the United States could come home with up to 16 gold medals now seem embarrassingly overambitious.

There have been plenty of highs, most of them up at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, where the United States' dominance in snowboarding and freestyle skiing has dramatically boosted the medal tally.

The coastal cluster of Adler has brought little but disappointment, with the low point coming in the underperformance of the miserable long-track speedskating team.

With a raft of medals up for grabs in the closing days of the Games, there is still much to play for, with no need for overwhelming doom and gloom just yet.

Here we take a look at the U.S. team, sport by sport, and analyze where it went right and where it went wrong. - By Martin Rogers, Yahoo Sports

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Lowell Bailey of the United States competes in the Men's Sprint 10 km during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Lowell Bailey of the United States competes in the Men's Sprint 10 km during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: pilot Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton of the United States team 1 make a run during the Men's Two-Man Bobsleigh on Day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: pilot Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton of the United States team 1 make a run during the Men's Two-Man Bobsleigh on Day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Devin Logan of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Devin Logan of the United States competes in the Freestyle Skiing Women's Ski Slopestyle Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) J.R. Celski of the United States, Olivier Jean of Canada and Da Woon Sin of Korea skate during the Men's 1000m Quarterfinal Short Track Speed Skating on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) J.R. Celski of the United States, Olivier Jean of Canada and Da Woon Sin of Korea skate during the Men's 1000m Quarterfinal Short Track Speed Skating on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - AUGUST 15: Sarah Hendrickson of USA competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final on August 15, 2013 in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - AUGUST 15: Sarah Hendrickson of USA competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final on August 15, 2013 in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States celebrates in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Semifinals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States celebrates in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Semifinals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Most of the Nordic combined competition still remains, so it is too early to give a verdict, although a repeat of the four-medal haul from Vancouver appears unlikely.
Team USA midway report card
Most of the Nordic combined competition still remains, so it is too early to give a verdict, although a repeat of the four-medal haul from Vancouver appears unlikely.
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COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - AUGUST 15: Sarah Hendrickson of USA competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final on August 15, 2013 in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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COURCHEVEL, FRANCE - AUGUST 15: Sarah Hendrickson of USA competes in the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix Womens Normal Hill Individual Final on August 15, 2013 in Courchevel, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States celebrates in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Semifinals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Kaitlyn Farrington of the United States celebrates in the Snowboard Women's Halfpipe Semifinals on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Most of the Nordic combined competition still remains, so it is too early to give a verdict, although a repeat of the four-medal haul from Vancouver appears unlikely.
Team USA midway report card
Most of the Nordic combined competition still remains, so it is too early to give a verdict, although a repeat of the four-medal haul from Vancouver appears unlikely.
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