2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

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And the winner is…

2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Edition

It’s two days until the Olympics are officially over, and much has happened
in the short span of time of which it takes place: the Russian “ war ” between figure
skaters Alina Zagitova (15) and Evgenia Medvedeva (18) was settled after the
former’s gold medal victory and latter’s silver; famed French ice dancer Gabriella
Papadakis muscled through a silver medal-winning performance after an
“ embarrassing ” wardrobe malfunction; and Red Gerard–upon hearing a winning
score that supplanted him as the youngest athlete (17) to win a gold medal in
snowboarding–cursed on live television . What a show.

In all seriousness, the 2018 Winter Olympics has cemented distinguished
feats of human athleticism, the likes of which we’ve quite literally never seen
before, into history’s pages. Let’s now take a look at a few of those
accomplishments:
If Norway can add one more to it’s already 37 medal count, it will have
surpassed the U.S. record for most ever won medals by one country in a single
Winter games. Nathan Chen, the 18-year old male figure skater for the U.S.,
attempted six quadruples (4 revolutions in a single jump), and landed five, making
him the first figure skater to ever do so. Oh, and he also tallied the highest ever
technical score in Olympic competition history.

Furthermore, two women–Nigeria’s Seun Adigun and Akuoma
Omeoga–became the first bobsled team at not only the Olympics, but at any
games, to represent an African nation. Meanwhile, figure skater Mirai Nagasu
became the first American woman, and third woman overall, to land a triple-axel in
Olympic competition; and Shaun “Flying Tomato” White became the first U.S.
male to win gold in three separate Winter games. He also scored America’s 100th
Winter Games gold medal.

Last, but not in any way least, the U.S. women’s hockey team defeated in
“dramatic” fashion–which, full disclosure, I did not actually watch, but everyone
said, so it must be true!–Team Canada, thereby winning their first gold medal since
1998. Much else happened, as I’m sure you’re aware, and of which I cannot fully
document in this short span of word count. However, I’ll quickly summarize the
Top Ten medal leads as of Feb. 23 (information gathered by The Guardian ).

1. Norway (Overall Medal Count: 37)
Gold: 13
Silver: 14
Bronze: 10

2. Germany (OMC: 26)
Gold: 13
Silver: 7
Bronze: 6

3. Canada (OMC: 27)
Gold: 10
Silver: 8
Bronze: 9

4. United States (OMC: 21)
Gold: 8
Silver: 7
Bronze: 6

5. Netherlands (OMC: 18)
Gold: 8
Silver: 6
Bronze: 4

6. Sweden (OMC: 11)
Gold: 6
Silver: 5

7. France (OMC: 15)
Gold: 5
Silver: 4
Bronze: 6

8. Austria (OMC: 13)
Gold: 5
Silver: 2
Bronze: 6

9. South Korea (OMC: 12)
Gold: 4
Silver: 4
Bronze: 4

10. Switzerland (OMC: 13)
Gold: 3
Silver: 6
Bronze: 4

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2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics