Russia won 33 at the 2014 Winter Olympics - more than anybody predicted at that time.
The evidence strongly suggests that the hosting country will indeed outperform its previous results. Here is a table revealing this notion:
* Olympics held in Sochi, Russia
For 2018, the Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. How many will they grab? Stay tuned for a future article, but rest assured, it'll be more than they've ever won in years past.