The 2018 Winter Olympics

Sophie Aksoy, Staff Writer

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This year’s Winter Olympics took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For the first time ever, the US was able to experience the games with live footage at home, instead of catching delayed replays of the events. Here are some memorable moments from Team USA 2018:

Red Gerard, a seventeen year old snowboarder, claimed the first gold medal for Team USA in the slopestyle final. Chloe Kim, another American teen in snowboarding, won gold by performing one of the toughest skills in the halfpipe final. On the men’s side of the halfpipe, Shaun White brought home a very well deserved gold medal, proving that he would not settle to end his Olympic career after placing fourth in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic halfpipe finals.

On another note, the Women’s hockey team won gold in the tournament final against Canada, a big win for Team USA. Lindsey Vonn, a fan favorite, brought home a bronze medal for the Women’s Alpine skiing event. She is not expected to return to the Olympic Winter Games in 2022, so earning a medal gave her good closure to her Olympic career. The US figure skating team also earned bronze in the Team final, and the Shibutani siblings earned bronze as well in the Pairs Ice dance event. Another highlight from the games was the gold medal won by Diggins and Randall in the Women’s team sprint of cross country skiing.

Aside from Team USA, Team Canada proved strong in figure skating and delivered unforgettable performances. The entire Canadian figure skating team contributed to their team gold medal, helping Canada reach third place on the overall medal count. Ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. Skating together for more than twenty years, the pair was able to deliver a powerful performance that left no doubt for a gold, crowning them as one of the most talented pairs in figure skating.

After an impressive two weeks of competition, the final medal count of the 2018 Winter games was as follows: Norway in first place with thirty-nine medals, followed by Germany with thirty-one, and Canada in third with twenty-nine. The United States was not far behind, coming in fourth place with twenty-three medals overall.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics