Snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim landed a gold medal in women’s halfpipe Tuesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal.
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.
The 2018 Winter Olympics are airing live on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.
A speedskater for Team USA skipped Friday’s opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics a day after venting his frustration over not being picked to be the U.S. flag bearer.
Team USA has arrived!
U.S. Olympians marched into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium at the 2018 Winter Olympics with wide smiles on Friday during the ceremonial kick-off of the Games. The group added a special touch to the opening ceremony as South Korea showcased its culture through performance and spectacle on the world stage.
The group waved and dancing into the venue, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gave a wave to the athletes from the stands.
Many of the U.S. athletes sported Americana-inspired outfits provided by Polo Ralph Lauren at the event. The ensemble featured slim-fit moto jeans, fringed cowboy gloves, a tricolor wool knit sweater, a navy bandana and brown suede mountaineering boots with red laces.
Creators kept the cold weather in mind when designing the outfits. The athletes’ limited-edition down parkas are embedded with an interior heating system made of conductive carbon and silver ink and printed in the design of an American flag.
Leading the U.S. crew was Olympic luger Erin Hamlin — the first U.S. athlete to win an Olympic singles luge medal.
“It was a pretty big shock,” Hamlin said of learning she’d be leading the pack. “But it is an honor and a privilege to be recognized by all of Team USA.”
With at least 240 athletes competing at the 23rd Winter Olympics, Hamlin carried the flag with the largest U.S. contingent ever — although her selection was not without controversy. Speed skater Shani Davis called the decision “dishonorable” after he lost a coin toss to her.
NBC’s Katie Couric and Mike Tirico (taking over for the now-retired Bob Costas) covered festivities from the stadium, which seats 35,000 and was built specifically for the opening and closing ceremonies.
In a highly anticipated gesture, athletes from both South and North Korea marched under one unified flag during the ceremony. The move has been touted as an important step in relations between the two feuding countries, and also symbolizes the power of sport.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will air live starting Feb. 8. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.