2018 Winter Olympics Recap

The 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to an end tonight when the Closing Ceremony airs on primetime and Norway came out on top of the final medal count. Norway was predicted to win the most since the beginning, with 39 total medals and 14 gold medals in sports like cross-country skiing. Germany came in second with 31 total medals and 14 gold medals. Canada finished not too far behind in third with 29 medals, 11 of which were gold. Team USA had many historic wins which brought them to fourth place with 23 total medals, including nine gold.

There were numerous victories for Team USA despite coming in fourth overall. The women’s hockey team beat Canada for the gold for the first time since 1998. The first gold medal win for Team USA was won by Red Gerard, a 17-year-old first time Olympian who came out of nowhere during his third run in the men’s slopestyle. Chloe Kim, at only 17 years old also, won gold during her first Olympics in women’s half-pipe, but unlike Gerard she already won gold during her first run – she bested it in her final run. Shaun White made an impressive comeback after not being in the last games when he won gold in men’s half-pipe. Despite Mirai Nagasu taking home bronze in the team event, she made history by being the first U.S. women to land the triple axel at the Winter Olympics.