Zachary Sanford—Staff Writer
The two-week Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has come to a close. The Games ran from Feb. 8-25.
South Korea is 15 hours ahead of Iowa. Athletes were forced to adapt in traveling and waking up in weird hours. One competitor, Redmond Gerard, age 17, of the U.S., nearly missed his snowboard run by oversleeping after watching “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Netflix the night before. He ended up turning the obstacle into a gold medal in Men’s Slopestyle and his coach let it slide.
Another one of the highlights of the Winter Olympics is something many people overlook: Curling. Curling is a sport of precision, accuracy and scrub brushes. The goal is to knock the opponent’s stone away from the middle target by using a stone, keeping it in-bounds. Team USA came from behind and beat Sweden for the men’s gold medal.
Shaun White won his third gold medal in the Snowboard Half-Pipe. He is the record holder for the most X-Games gold medals and has won 10 ESPY Awards. He landed back-to-back 1440’s, a 1260 and a front side 12. This gold medal was the 100th gold medal for the U.S. in Winter Olympics history.
Team USA did very well when it came to snowboarding. Chloe Kim won gold in the Women’s Half-Pipe, Jamie Anderson won gold in Women’s Slopestyle as well as silver in the Women’s Big-Air event. Kyle Mack, a crowd favorite, won silver in Men’s Big Air and Arielle Gold won bronze in the Women’s Half-Pipe.
The U.S. brought home medals in skiing as well. Mikaela Shiffrin won gold in Giant Slalom and Alpine Combined. Lindsey Vonn earned a bronze medal in the Downhill during her last Winter Olympics.
Another huge win for Team USA was the women’s ice hockey team. They faced Canada in the gold medal game and came out victorious in a shootout. USA goalie Maddie Rooney saved a shot by Canada’s Jennifer Wakefield for the final save to give the United States the victory. The whole team rushed out on the ice and dog-piled Rooney. This gold came 38 years to the day of the famous “Miracle on Ice.”
With all of the medals won, the United States was short on predicted numbers when it came to the closing ceremony. The United States Olympic Committee predicted that Team USA would win between 25 and 37 medals. They only won 23. Around 35 Americans finished between fourth and sixth place throughout the games.
The final standings: Norway-39 (14 gold), setting a new Winter Games record; Germany-31 (14 gold), Canada-29 (11 gold), USA-23 (nine gold), and Netherlands-20 (eight gold).
Be sure to tune in for the 2018 Winter Paralympics, held March 8-18, also held in PyeongChang, South Korea.