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The Americans earned a bronze medal on Monday afternoon in the team figure skating event at the 2018 Winter Olympics after a series of strong performances that nonetheless saw surprising lows and thrilling highs.
The top three finishers in the team event — whose scores are determined by the cumulative short and long routines from the ice dancers and single and pair skaters — were determined following the free dance portion, which saw the second of two performances so far from siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani.
The “Shib sibs” earned second in their free dance, ensuring Team USA’s third-place finish, behind Canada (gold) and the Olympic athletes from Russia, who got silver. This is the second time the U.S. has earned bronze in the team event, which was introduced in 2014.
American highlights throughout the event’s three days of competition, which began Thursday in Gangneung, South Korea, included season-best numbers for pair skaters (and married couple) Alexa and Chris Knierim and 20-year-old Bradie Tennell as well as consistent results from the Shibutanis, who earned second place in both of their routines.
Such strength followed a jarringly inconsistent opener, on Thursday, when 18-year-old national champion Nathan Chen fell during his short program and completed only one of his two planned quadruple jumps, earning fourth out of 10.
Still, the Americans rebounded and the pinnacle of their event came earlier Monday when Mirai Nagasu, 24, made history as the first female U.S. skater to land the notoriously tricky triple axel at the Olympics.
Figure skating will continue on Wednesday morning (Tuesday night in the U.S.), with the pairs’ short program.
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Right-wing protesters burn photos of Kim Jong Un outside of Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday night.
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — One of the central focuses of the 2018 Winter Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday night was harmony on the Korean peninsula. In front of an estimated 35,000 spectators in the stands, in frigid conditions, South Korean women's ice hockey player Park Jong-ah and North Korean player Jong Su Hyon brought the Olympic flame up the flight of stairs to the Olympic cauldron.
But outside the stadium, Koreans with a very different attitude toward Korean unification were doing a very different kind of torch-lighting.
A small but rowdy group of several dozen anti-unification activists gathered on a street corner across from the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, clashing with police as they attempted to burn photos of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. On three different occasions, police had to rush into the crowd and remove someone trying to get their lighter to work in the freezing temperatures. On the third attempt, when the lighter finally caught, police swarmed the demonstration, effectively ending it.
Nam In-soo, the president of the conservative anti–Korean unification group Freedom Korea National Defense Corps, outside of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday night.
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The protest was another in a series of demonstrations that have been happening all across South Korea in the weeks since it was announced that the two Koreas' women's ice hockey teams would be competing as a unified Korean Olympic team.
“The fact that North Koreans are coming down here is deplorable,” Nam In-soo, the president of the Freedom Korea National Defense Corps, the group organizing the bulk of the anti-unification protests, told BuzzFeed News Friday night. “The fact that Koreans have been preparing for this event for more than 10 years, and the Moon Jae-in government should really listen carefully to Korean people about hosting this Olympics.”
When they learned that BuzzFeed News was an American outlet, the FKNDC members began chanting, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”
“We want President Trump to bomb the shit out of North Korea,” Nam said. “North Korea has continued their provocation after the end of the Korean War, so we can't believe them.”
The FKNDC members, who traveled over five hours from Pohang, a city in the south, to voice their outrage over unification, were a small group of older and largely right-wing activists. But their views aren’t actually in the minority right now — according to recent polls, 50% of South Koreans oppose the unified flag. And another survey carried out last month found that the majority of young people in South Korea don’t like the idea of both Koreas sharing the same Olympic team.
Kang Chun-hyok, a North Korean defector turned rapper and artist, stands in front of three of his pieces on exhibit at his Ants Gallery in Seoul, South Korea, last week.
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A week before the opening ceremony, Kang Chun-hyok, a North Korean defector turned artist and rapper, told BuzzFeed News that he thought the unified teams were sort of a PR stunt.
“It will add to more confusion in South Korean society, and it will be used politically eventually,” he said.
Kang escaped North Korea with his family over 10 years ago, and he gained national recognition in South Korea when he performed on the talent show Show Me the Money. In addition to rapping, he’s also an artist, and his art gallery in Seoul held an exhibit last week that featured six of his pieces along with works created by other North Korean defectors.
“I think North Korea is taking advantage of the Olympics,” he said. “It is good to see a united team, but it is being used politically after all, isn't it?”
He said the whole thing reminded him of a line from a South Korean film called Steel Rain. “There is a famous line that is really touching for me: ‘People of a divided country suffer more from those who use the separation for political advantage, rather than the division itself. It is the reality of division and real pain.’”
Protesters outside of the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium raise banners that read “We are AGAINST PYONYANG Olympics!” on Friday night.
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The FKNDC and other groups may have seized the combined team as an opportunity to protest, but they didn't appear to be winning over many converts from their position outside the Olympic venue. A young man named Na Byung-joon, who had come up from Seoul to see the ceremony, told BuzzFeed News on Friday that the team was actually pretty cool.
“I'm feeling pretty positive about the combined team,” he said. “I think it's a really good thing long-term.”
Na also said he wasn’t really a fan of the conservative protesters demonstrating in the area.
Blurring the line further, a member of a different anti-Olympics activist group said he actually liked the idea of the Korean peninsula team. Lee Gyung-ryul, a protester with No Olympics Anywhere, said he thought the way the Korean government combined the teams was a little haphazard, but was happy they did it.
“I think it's significant that for the past 10 years, both sides of Korea have not been involved together in any sports events,” he said.
When asked about whether he thought it was weird to be against the Olympics altogether, but be proud of the combined team, he agreed it was weird. “We've actually been discussing that within our organization,” he said.
Less than two days after 2018 Winter Olympics officially opened in South Kore and Team USA has its first gold medal — all thank to 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard.
“I cannot believe it. I’m shaking right now, maybe from the cold, or from the excitement, I don’t know,” he told reporters after finishing his third run in the men’s slopestyle snowboarding event on Sunday. “But I’m ecstatic.”
Appearing in his first Olympics, Gerard had a spotty performance in the first two of his three runs — falling in both — but under the rules of the event, one great run was all he needed. And that’s what he delivered in his final time on the snow, earning an 87.16 score, ahead of Canada’s Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.
“I can’t believe I got to land my run,” said Gerard, who came into the competition at the top of the world cup ranking. “Just to land a run would have been plenty for me and to get on the podium — but to get first is crazy.”
Now the youngest American man to medal at the Winter Olympics in nearly a century (since 1928), Gerard is also the youngest snowboarding gold medalist — period. (Since slopestyle snowboarding was introduced at the Games in 2014, an American has never not won gold there.)
“After I landed the second jump I was like, ‘Come on, don’t blow it on the last one, let’s just make it through,’ ” Gerard said.
“The wind was really bad and the first two runs it was pretty tough,” he said, “but we got a nice little break on the third and I’m just happy I got to land.”
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