All good things must come to an end at some point in time and that includes this year’s Winter Olympics.
After two weeks, the Olympic flame has been extinguished, the flag has been taken down and life goes back to normal.
But, there were plenty of spectacular sights in the last two weeks. There was Chloe Kim performing like the snowboarding halfpipe prodigy that we all thought she was and taking the gold medal with a score of 98.5 out of 100 on her third run.
But, there were also plenty of disappointments in the last few weeks as well (I’m looking at you, NHL).
Here are three good things we saw in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea from the United States Olympic team, as well as three bad things from the Americans.
1. U.S. WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY
It had been 20 long years since the last time the U.S. women had won the gold medal, and after losing heartbreaker after heartbreaker to Canada in the finals in 2002, ‘10 and ‘14, the United States finally got sweet revenge in the form of a 3-2 win that required a shootout. Jocelyn Lamoureaux-Davidson scored the shootout goal that eventually sealed the deal.
2. U.S. MEN’S CURLING UPSETS SWEDEN
John Shuster and his U.S. teammates became the unlikeliest gold medal winners after beating Sweden in a 10-7 victory in the men’s curling final.
It was the first-ever gold medal in men’s curling for the U.S.
But for a while, it looked like the U.S. was heading for a quick elimination after starting off 2-4 in the preliminaries. That was before the U.S. turned things around and before you knew it, the Americans were knocking off Canada in the semifinals, on their way to a historic gold medal that no one saw coming.
3. U.S. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
Never before had the United States won gold in women’s cross-country skiing. Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins changed all of that.
Racing in her fifth and final Olympics, Randall took the gold medal alongside Diggins in the team sprint in what was one of the more dramatic moments in this year’s games.
1. LACK OF NHL PLAYERS
By choosing not to allow players to compete in this year’s Winter Olympics, the National Hockey League sabotaged the U.S. from winning a gold medal. The U.S. men’s hockey team fell in the quarterfinals to the Czech Republic, while the Olympic Athletes from Russia took the gold, thanks to the KHL’s cooperation.
No one expected the U.S. to beat the Dutch (who finished with 16 medals total) in speedskating. But, only one bronze medal from the Americans in the last two Olympics? Embarrassing.
3. FIGURE SKATING
While the Canadians and the Russians enjoyed success, the United States only took two bronze medals in figure skating. Hard to believe since the U.S. once dominated in women’s figure skating.