Team USA athletes are in search of more medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as athletes like snowboarder Chloe Kim hit the ice and slopes with hopes of standing on the coveted Olympic podium.
Kim, 17, won her first Olympic medal in the women’s halfpipe final in dominating fashion Monday with a 98.25 score on her final run. She was heavily favored despite her youth and took home the Americans’ third gold medal as expected. The next day, Shaun White returned from a grisly injury in October that required 62 stitches to earn a gold medal on the halfpipe, becoming the first snowboarder with three Olympic golds. The medal was also America’s 100th gold at the Winter Olympics.
Team USA defeated rivals Canada for the women’s ice hockey gold on Thursday, while Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, 22 and the reigning World Cup all-around skiing champion, added a silver in the ladies’ alpine combined to her giant slalom gold. David Wise also defended his gold in the men’s ski halfpipe, with fellow American Alex Ferreira helping the U.S. dominate the medal podium by earning the silver.
The U.S. is often a top contender at the Winter Olympic games but has seen a number of early gold-medal favorites stumble en route to the medals podium, like alpine skiers Lindsey Vonn and Maddie Brown, who failed to repeat their medals in the Super-G and freestyle ski halfpipe competitions. Vonn also failed to finish in the alpine combined, and came just .47 seconds short of replicating her 2010 gold medal performance in women’s Downhill skiing, earning a bronze that she said felt “like I won a gold medal.”
Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani won bronze in the figure skating ice dance competition on Tuesday as Canadian figure skating fixtures Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold. But teenage hopeful Nathan Chen’s record-breaking six quad jumps weren’t enough to earn him a medal in the Men’s figure skating competition.
Team USA has also faced stiff competition this year from countries like Norway and Germany, which has racked up impressive medal tallies in cross-country skiing, biathlon, and alpine skiing, but the U.S. won three women’s team medals on Thursday, earning gold in cross-country skiing ladies’ team spring free, silver in women’s bobsleigh, and bronze in women’s speed skating team pursuit.
At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. came in second with 28 medals overall, including nine golds, behind Russia, which earned 33 medals and 13 golds. The International Olympic Committee banned Russia from competing this year due to doping, so 169 athletes from the country who were cleared to compete will do so under a nameless flag.
But there have also been some memorable victories for the U.S. Snowboarder Red Gerard, 17, won Team USA’s first medal at the Winter Olympics this year with his gold in the men’s slopestyle event in a stunning upset, while Jamie Anderson took home her second career gold in the ladies’ slopestyle competition and added a silver in the ladies’ big air the following week. Chris Mazdzer made history when he scored silver — the first men’s Olympic luge medal of any kind in U.S. history, while the American women’s cross-country sprint free win was Team USA’s first gold in the Scandinavian-dominated discipline, and its first medal since Bill Koch’s silver in 1976.
Here’s are all the medals Team USA has at the 2018 Winter Olympics so far.
- Red Gerard, Snowboarding/slopestyle
- Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding/slopestyle
- Chloe Kim, Snowboarding/halfpipe
- Shaun White, Snowboarding/halfpipe
- Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing/Giant Slalom
- Cross-Country Skiing, Ladies’ Team Sprint Free
- David Wise, Freestyle Skiing, Men’s Ski Halfpipe
- Women’s Ice Hockey
- Chris Mazdzer, Luge
- John-Henry Krueger, Short-Track Speed Skating, Men’s 1,000m
- Nick Goepper, Skiing/slopestyle
- Women’s Bobsleigh
- Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding, Ladies’ Big Air
- Alex Ferreira, Freestyle Skiing, Men’s Ski Halfpipe
- Mikaela Shiffrin, Skiing, Ladies’ Alpine Combined
- Team event, Figure skating
- Arielle Gold, Snowboarding/halfpipe
- Brita Sigourney, Skiing, Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe
- Alex Shibutani/Maia Shibutani, Figure Skating, Ice Dance
- Lindsey Vonn, Skiing, Ladies’ Downhill
- Speed Skating, Ladies’ Team Pursuit