2018 Winter Olympics Highlights


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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (R-L) Emil Joensson of Sweden, Iivo Niskanen of Finland, Maciej Kreczmer of Poland and Simeon Hamilton of the United States lead a group past the Olympic rings as they compete in the Men's Team Sprint Classic Semifinals during day 12 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics took place from February 9th to February 25th, where the top athletes in the world competing in a variety of winter sports that ranged from ice skating to hockey.

The Olympics concluded with the closing ceremony on the 25th at 8:00 pm GMT.

Norway led the Olympics medal count (39), followed by Germany (31), and Canada (29). The U.S. came in fourth with 23 medals, including 9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze.

The first U.S. gold medal was won by 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerald.

Snowboarders Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, and Shaun White all won gold medals for the U.S. in their respective events. White’s gold medal is the third that he has earned from the Olympics.

The U.S. Women’s Hockey team won their first gold medal in the first time in two decades against the Canadian hockey team.

The U.S. Men’s Curling team also won their first gold medal in the history of the Olympics, beating the Sweden curling team 10-7.

Many achievements were made in the figure skating competition, including Mirai Nagasu becoming the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics and the third overall.

18-year-old Nathan Chen also became the first ice skater in Olympic history to perform six quadruple jumps in a single routine, successfully landing five of the six jumps. His astounding routine in the free skate event brought him up from 17th place to 5th place in the figure skating competition.

Some of the WHHS students were asked which Olympic sports they enjoyed watching the most.

Freshman Sakshi Lende commented that she enjoyed watching “figure skating because of all the costumes.”

Gabbi Goldman, also a freshman, commented that she liked watching snowboarding the most because she liked seeing “all the cool tricks they do.”

It’ll be another four years before the next winter Olympics and we’ll surely be able to see all the talented athletes from all around the world once again.