Olympic Review: USA Comes Up Short


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USA’s Matt Hamilton (l) and John Shuster celebrate winning gold at the men’s curling finals against Sweden at the Curling Centre in Gangneung, South Korea, 24 February 2018. Photo by: Peter Kneffel/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Mikey O’Sullivan, Staff Writer

At the end of the PyeongChang Olympics, USA placed fourth in the medal count with 23 medals, behind Norway, Germany, and Canada. This was their lowest medal count in twenty years. Though the medal count was low, the USA Olympic team won men’s curling for the first time in Olympic history and the women’s hockey team won gold for the first time in twenty years. After a disappointing performance in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Shaun White won gold with a stellar performance. Another Snowboarder, Chloe Kim, won gold after live tweeting minutes before her run, talking about how she was “hangry” and wanted ice cream. She became the youngest female snowboarder to win gold in Olympic history.

Stepping away from the USA, despite the fact that Russia was unable to compete in the 2018 Olympics because of doping, some Russian athletes were allowed to compete as the OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia). Their total medal count was not counted as a country, but instead individually.

Kim Jon Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong attended the Olympics along with a North Korean delegation, becoming the first members of the ruling dynasty to visit South Korea after the war.