Team USA Brings Victories at the 2018 Winter Olympics
Athletes from around the world are competing to stand upon the coveted Olympic podiums in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the 2018 Winter Olympics. From the only event with a triple axel landed by an American female skater, to the youngest women’s gold medal winning snowboarder, history is being made. Gold, silver, and bronze medals from 102 events across 15 different sporting activities are on the line.
As of Feb. 18, 2018, Team USA has already claimed 10 of those medals. Here are the victories so far:
Jamie Anderson (27), Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle
27-year-old Jamie Anderson from Team USA claimed the gold after a stellar performance in less than favorable weather conditions that included swirling winds and low temperatures.
Red Gerard (17), Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle
As mentioned, the weather conditions were not looking great as 17-year-old Red Gerard performed, but that didn’t deter the underdog Gerard from capturing Team USA’s first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics.
Chloe Kim (17), Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Kim completed two incredible runs on the snowboard halfpipe, allowing her to become the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal at just 17-years-old. Kim’s South Korean heritage made the victory all the sweeter.
Shaun White (31), Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe
With his third Olympic gold medal under his belt, Shaun White made history as he won the 100th Winter Games gold medal for Team USA.
Mikaela Shiffrin (22), Women’s Giant Slalom
The 22-year-old trailed behind the competition in her first run down the slope, but overcame the odds to pull ahead and claim the top time, thereby earning her second career gold medal.
Chris Mazdzer (29), Men’s Luge
Although he came in second place, Chris Mazdzer was able to bring home Team USA’s first men’s single medal of the luge event. In addition, Mazdzer is the first non-European to win a medal in the event.
Nick Goepper (23), Men’s Freestyle Skiing Slopestyle
Battling depression and a recent trip to rehab, Goepper overcame his personal problems and came away with the silver for Team USA.
John-Henry Krueger (22), Men’s 1,000-meter short-track speedskating
John-Henry Krueger’s silver medal win marks the first US speedskating medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. He narrowly lost to Canada’s Samuel Girard, who took the gold.
Arielle Gold (21), Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe
21-year-old Arielle Gold took home the bronze despite an injured shoulder. With the victory, she joined her Team USA teammate Chloe Kim on the Olympic podium.
Team USA, Figure Skating
The United States figure skating team took home the bronze, thanks in part to the historic performance by Mirai Nagasu. She became the first American woman to land the risky triple axel, spinning 3½ times in the air before landing on one foot.
With 28 more events still to occur, several more medals are up for grabs in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which lasts until Feb. 25, 2018.