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Recap of Winter Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, kicked off on Feb. 9 with a moving opening ceremony that saw all of the athletes from every participating nation marching together under a banner of unity. In reality, the games had begun two days before, with some of the longer-running events such as the biathlon, luge, ski jumping and curling.

The first official day of the games saw the first medals given out as well, with Germany’s Laura Dahlmeier taking the first gold in the biathlon.

It took until the second day of competition for the United States to get on the board, with American luge athlete Chris Mazdzer taking home the silver as well as becoming the first American man to win a singles luge medal in Winter Olympic history. Snowboarder Red Gerard became our first gold medalist of the games. The 17-year-old took the top spot in men’s slopestyle, a trick-based event.

He is the second youngest gold medalist in American men’s Winter Olympic history, following bobsledder Billy Fiske who was just 16 when he drove the American team to victory in 1928.

Continuing America’s dominance in snowboarding, the youngest female medalist in Olympic snowboarding history, Chloe Kim, took home the gold in the ladies halfpipe. On the men’s side in the same event, legendary snowboarder Shaun White struck gold as well, earning his third gold in that event as well as the United States’ 100th overall medal in the Winter Olympic games.

With all of our successes in the X-games style events, the United States hasn’t been able to overcome the lead of the Europeans and Canadians in other sports. At the time of writing, Norway leads the medal count with 26 total, trailed distantly by Germany at 18 medals, and with Canada in a close third at 16.

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Recap of Winter Olympics