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2018 Winter Olympics Come to a Close in PyeongChang

by Kaylee Golden
Posted on Mar 02, 2018

Final Medal Count: Top 5

Norway: 39 medals
14 gold, 14 silver, 11 bronze

Germany: 31 medals
14 gold, 10 silver, 7 bronze

Canada: 29 medals
11 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze

United States: 23 medals
9 gold, 8 silver, 6 bronze

Netherlands: 20 medals
8 gold, 6 silver, 6 bronze

From Feb. 8 through Feb. 25, the 2018 Winter Olympics have dominated our TV screens and social media feeds. The stories of athletes like figure skater Adam Rippon, skier Lindsey Vonn and figure skater Mirai Nagasu warmed our hearts, inspired us, and had us cheering for them every step of the way. The American team ended up going home with nine gold medals, eight silver and six bronze—totalling 23 medals overall.

Taking home gold were:

  • Men’s Curling Team

  • Shaun White, Men’s Snowboarding Half-pipe

  • Chloe Kim, Women’s Snowboarding Half-pipe

  • Jamie Anderson, Women’s Slopestyle Skiing

  • Redmond Gerard, Men’s Slopestyle Skiing

  • Mikaela Shiffrin, Women’s Giant Slalom

  • Women’s Hockey Team

  • David Wise, Men’s Freestyle Skiing Half-pipe

  • Women’s Team Sprint Cross Country Skiing

 

The Olympic closing ceremonies were held on February 25. The flag was carried out by Women’s Cross Country Team Sprint gold medalist Jessie Diggins. The United States fell short in their medal count compared to past Winter Olympics, having brought home 28 and 29 gold medals in the 2014 and 2010 Winter Olympics respectively. The next Winter Olympics are set to be in Beijing, China. But prior to that, the Summer Olympics of 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Until then, we are left with some awesome highlights of figure skating, snowboarding and curling to hold us over for four years.