by: Cameron Kronmiller
The 2018 winter olympics were hosted by South Korea, and held in Pyeongchang. There were so many highlights and events going on that it was hard to take everything in! Although the US did not meet their medal expectations, there were still some very exciting events going on for them. Even if winter sports aren’t your favorite, you could still be left in awe by some of the tricks performed by US skiers and snowboarders. Senior Jared Flamm said “I’m not really all that in to skiing or snowboarding, but it was still really neat to watch all the tricks done by the athletes.” We took fourth overall, and it was a really cool Olympics.
One of the big events was Shaun White winning the gold in men’s snowboarding halfpipe. White has three gold medals from the four olympics he has competed in. This one in particular though was a very important one for him. After not medaling in the 2014 Winter Olympics, many people said White wasn’t good enough anymore, and that his snowboarding career was coming to an end. Despite all the criticism, White came back to the 2018 Olympics to prove everyone wrong.
Another big event that happened was 17 year old Chloe Kim winning the gold in Women’s snowboarding halfpipe. This win was huge for her at such a young age because it was her first Olympics ever. Kim has been training for this her whole life, starting when her father first put her on a snowboard at age four. Not long after that, at age six, she began competing. “My advice to younger athletes would just be to have fun and remember why you started and why you’re still in love with this sport. Keep the smile on your face and you’ll be good.”-Chloe Kim. Kim has amazed the world, and we hope to see more gold medals from her in the future.
At these Olympics, the U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada for the gold. This was a huge event for the team, and for the entire country. The U.S. team always battles Canada for the gold and the games usually go down to the wire. The game this year did just that. “There are going to be people who might doubt you, but it’s all about proving them wrong and having the mentality that whatever you set your mind to, you can accomplish.”-Alex Rigsby. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game winning goal in a shootout to give the U.S a victory over the four time defending Olympic champions. “This is a very classic example of how hard it should be,” said Robb Stauber, the American women’s coach. It was a very good game and luckily the outcome was in our favor.
In the end, the U.S. wasn’t quite able to make it onto the podium. They fell just short of third place to Canada by six medals. Canada, who had 29 medals, took third behind Germany by only two medals. And the champion of these winter olympics was Norway. Norway took first place an astounding eight medals ahead of Germany. It was a good victory for them.
If you didn’t to watch the olympics this time around, don’t be too sad. The summer olympics are coming up in 2020 held in Tokyo, Japan. If you’re just waiting for the winter olympics you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. In 2022 the winter olympics will be held in Beijing, China. Be sure to watch in 2022 to see more amazing tricks and awesome victories. See you in four years!