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Looking Back: Highlights of the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Early February marked the start of an astonishing (and freezing) week of athleticism and national pride. As the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang come to an end, here are some highlights from internationally revered event.

1. North and South Korea Unite! Well, sort of.

The North Korean and South Korean teams marched together under one flag at the opening ceremony. South Korea’s unification ministry stated that the nations have also agreed to form a joint North and South Korean women’s ice hockey team for the Olympic Games. This marked a warm start to a frigid period of winter sports.

2. Saying Nope to Dope

The IOC upheld a ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches, voting just hours before the closing ceremonies that the Russian team, which had been competing as “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” would not be allowed to fly their flag at the ceremonies on account of the team’s confirmed history of doping.

3. In PyeongChang, some American history

American figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first U.S. woman to land the triple Axel in the Olympics. Nagasu earned a bronze medal for her performance. Meanwhile, 18-year-old figure skater Nathan Chen, who was expected to dominate the Olympics, instead executed a stumble-ridden performance. However, he made a swift comeback during his free-skate, landing five of his six attempted quadruple jumps, winning the free skate and finishing fifth overall.

4. Bringing Home the Hardware

Team U.S.A. left the games with a total of 23 medals: nine gold, eight silver, and six bronze.


Gold Medalists:

Shaun White, men’s half-pipe

Chloe Kim, women’s half-pipe

Jamie Anderson, women’s slopestyle

Redmond Gerard, men’s slopestyle

Mikaela Shiffrin, women’s giant slalom

David Wise, men’s Halfpipe

Women’s Cross-country Sprint Team

Women’s Ice Hockey Team

Men’s Curling Team


Silver Medalists:

Kyle Mack, men’s Big Air

Jamie Anderson, women’s Big Air

Mikaela Shiffrin, women’s Alpine Combined

Alex Ferreira, men’s Halfpipe

Nick Goepper, men’s Slopestyle

John-Henry Krueger, men’s 1000m Speed-skating

Chris Mazdzer, men’s Luge

Women’s two-man Bobsleigh team


Bronze Medalists:

Arielle Gold, women’s half-pipe

Lindsey Vonn, women’s Downhill

Brita Sigourney, women’s halfpipe

Ice Dancing Team

Figure Skating Team

Women’s Speed-skating Team

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