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Winter Olympics 2018 Recap
By: Alexis Esparza and Naomi Zuniga
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games were held from February 9 to February 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Within the 16 days, 102 gold medals were won. Tied for first place, Norway and Germany each received 14 gold medals.
In Cross-Country Skiing 37 year old, Marit Bjorgen, won gold which put Norway at the top of the scoreboard. Finnish Cross Country Skier, Krista Parmakoski, won a silver metal and Swedish Cross Country Skier, Stina Nilsson, won bronze.
The Ice Hockey Team from Russia took home the gold for their nation. The Russians ended up beating Germany, who ranked silver, and Canada, who ranked bronze. This gold medal was a big deal considering Russian players haven’t won a gold medal since 1992 against the United Team. Russia beat Germany 4-3 during overtime, which surpassed their needed 3-2 score in order to win.
The German four-man Bobsleigh team couldn’t have won without leader, Francesco Friedrich. They beat the second German team and South Korea team who both tied for silver by 0.53 seconds. Friedrich’s success in this event and a previous win in a two-man event makes him the second man to win both in 30 years.
In Speed Skating Ladies’ Mass Start, Kim Bo-Reun (silver) and Irene Schouten (bronze) came in behind Nana Takagi who won the finals with a gold medal. This scored some points for Japan’s final tally. Takagi also ended up setting a new Olympic Record of two minutes and 53.98 seconds.
Everyone was familiar with South Korean speed skater, Lee Seung-Hoon because of his big win 2 years ago. Lee won gold this year with the help of his teammate Chung Jae-Won. Second place went to Belgian speed skater, Bart Swings. In third place winning bronze was Koen Verweij from the Netherlands.
US men Curling team wins gold for the first time. Led by American, John Shuster, they beat Sweden 10-7. This was a surprise for both teams because they used to be close to elimination, but they came through this year.
German figure skating pair Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot won gold with their stunning performance. Behind them came China in silver and Canada in bronze.
Well known Snowboarder, Shaun White, comes back to the olympics only to win again. He won gold in Men’s Halfpipe with a final front side 12. He won his third gold medal in the Men’s Halfpipe. 17 year old Snowboarder, Chloe Kim, won gold in Women’s Halfpipe. She landed a back-to-back 1080. This made her the first women to land that in a Halfpipe competition. Also aged 17 American snowboarder, Redmond Gerard, won gold in Men’s Slopestyle despite having a rough morning.