As the Olympics come to a close and countries tally up their wins and losses, the U.S. can't complain about how this year turned out. While our country didn't steal the show entirely, our athletes put up a consistent performance across a wide variety of sports.
Of course, we can't forget about this year's break-out stars either. An equally important part of the Olympics is the rise of a new crop of athletic icons, and 2018 saw plenty of those. From the ongoing commentary of Leslie Jones, to the young American athlete who dropped an "F" bomb on live TV, to the startling upset of the U.S. men's curling team, this year was full of triumphant moments and memorable performances.
The Olympic spirit was on full display in Pyeongchang, and while part of that spirit is cooperation and the breaking of boundaries, another part is competition. On that score, America had a great year. Here's a look at the medals coming home to the states now that the 2018 Winter Olympics have come to an end.
On Feb. 11, Redmond "Red" Gerard won the U.S. its first medal of the year when he took home the gold in men's slopestyle snowboarding. At just 17, he reportedly overslept for his event after staying up late watching Netflix.
He then couldn't find his jacket, and had to borrow his roommates. To top it all off, at the climactic moment when he learned he'd won, he yelled "Holy f—!" directly into an NBC cameara before the censors could catch it.
3rd & final — Mike Tirico apologizing for the kid’s language ? pic.twitter.com/vSy8Z70kIi— J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) February 11, 2018
The U.S. picked up a silver medal on Feb. 11 as well, when Chris Mazdzer came in second in the men's singles luge event. Mazdzer is a three-time Olympian who used his platform as an athlete to promote a charity called Classroom Champions.
On Feb. 12, Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in women's slopestyle snowboarding for the U.S. The event, which was just added to the games in 2014, has been dominated by American athletes so far.
Couldn't be prouder of this team. ??
(#TeamUSA's full of busy bees and not everyone could make it for the photo, but they're there in spirit!)February 24, 2018
On Feb. 12, the U.S. won bronze in the team figure skating event, thanks to the combined efforts of Nathan Chen, Alexa Scimeca Knierim, Chris Knierim, Mirai Nagasu, Adam Rippon, Alex Shibutani, Maia Shibutani and Bradie Tennell.
Rippon went on to become a fan favorite when NBC added him to the cast as a commentator.
@monitor_sur @cnn #LookingForNews.>> CNN #US It only took Chloe Kim one run to secure Olympic Gold -- then she went one better https://t.co/6I81dXFkoJ pic.twitter.com/Rtcs7S9dSw - It only took Chloe Kim one run to secure Olympic Gold -- then she went one... https://t.co/JCl2H9FqXG— JUST PURE INFORMATION (@Monitor_sur) February 14, 2018
Another teenage victory stunned the crowd on Feb. 13, when 17-year-old Chloe Kim won the gold in women's halfpipe snowboarding. Kim stunned the world not only with her Olympic performance, but with her perfectly spiteful victorious tweet several days later.
People acting like my bestie after the Olympics. Like remember when you took a sip of my apple juice in kindergarten, still salty bout that— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 17, 2018
"People acting like my bestie after the Olympics," she wrote. "Like remember when you took a sip of my apple juice in kindergarten, still salty bout that."
The women's halfpipe snowboarding was an overwhelming American event, as 21-year-old Arielle Gold secured the bronze medal as well.
On Valentine's Day, Shaun White proved he's still in the game with a gold medal win in men's halfpipe snowboarding. The iconic Olympian has capitalized on his success, but in Pyeongchang, he proved that his passion for the sport has never wavered.
On Feb. 15, Mikaela Shiffrin won the women's giant slalom alpine skiing event. The 22-year-old was one of the big stars to watch from the beginning, and fans were not disappointed.
John-Henry Krueger won the U.S. another silver medal on Feb. 18, when he came in second in the men's 1,000-meter short-track speed skating event. After three long days, the U.S. was starving for another medal, and they were so grateful for Krueger giving it to them that his hometown hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, gave him a shout out on Twitter.
"Pittsburgh is great on the ice," the team wrote.
Another silver medal came later that day when 23-year-old Nick Goepper won the men's slopestyle freeskiing event. With that characteristic restlessness of an athlete, Goepper said goodbye to Pyeongchang on Twitter and warned Beijing that he'd be training for the next Winter Olympics.
On Feb. 20, Alex and Maia Shibutani won bronze in ice dancing. The siblings stunned the crowd with their quick changes between intensity and levity, and, of course, their stunning song choices.
Brita Sigourney brought home bronze in the women's halfpipe freeskiing event on Feb. 20 as well. Time did a remarkable piece on Sigourney, who won by knocking her friend and teammate, Analisa Drew, out of third place.
The bronze medal in women's downhill alpine skiing went to Lindsey Vonn, 33, has been competing in the Winter Olympics since 2010, yet she couldn't be stopped in this year's grueling competition.
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall brought home another gold medal on Feb. 21, in the women's cross-country team spring free. It was America's first cross-country Olympic medal in 42 years, and it was the first time any woman from the U.S. has won a cross-country skiing medal.
American women had another big win that day, when Lauren Gibbs and Elana Meyers Taylor took home the silver medal in women's bobsled. The two 33-year-olds were ecstatic as they accepted their award.
The U.S. showed off its teamwork on Feb. 21 when the bronze medal in women's team pursuit speed skating went to Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Mia Manganello, and Carlijn Schoutens. The harrowing event makes roller derby look like ring around the rosie.
On Feb. 22, Jamie Anderson secured silver in the women's big air snowboarding event. Anderson was a big fan Leslie Jones' trademark style of Olympic commentary, retweeting the comedian whenever she mentioned her throughout the games.
Ok today was a BUSY DAY!! Met so many of the people I wanted to meet. Still need @JamieAsnow and @chloekimsnow and THE SHIBS!! But today was awesome!! @NBCOlympics @Olympics pic.twitter.com/pLNuMmPtVH— Leslie Jones ? (@Lesdoggg) February 19, 2018
Alex Ferreira earned the U.S. another silver medal on Feb. 22 with a stunning performance in the men's halfpipe freeskiing event. It turns out the competition wasn't particularly fierce either, as Ferreira befriended the gold medalist, and even got a matching tattoo with him.
That gold medalist was David Wise. The 27-year-old defended his title from Sochi in 2014 by taking the top spot in men's halfpipe freeskiing. While in South Korea, he and Ferreira travelled to Seoul where they got matching tattoos of the Pyeongchang Games logo on their arms.
Mikaela Shiffrin bookmarked the Olympics nicely, earning a silver medal on Feb. 22 in women's combined alpine skiing.
The U.S. women's ice hockey team took the gold in the women's tournament on Feb. 22 as well.
On Feb. 23, Kyle Mack took the silver medal in big air snowboarding. The 20-year-old wore an expression of pure wonderment, and many believe that he would be the final American this year to stand on the podium.
In perhaps the most joyous win of the year, the U.S. men's curling team took home the gold medal on Feb. 24. The underdogs beat out the Swedish team in the late-night competition, doubling their score at the last minute for a spectacular victory.