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.
Red Gerard, Gold, Slopestyle Snowboarding
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
Chris Mazdzer, Silver, Men's Singles Luge
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.prevnext
Jamie Anderson, Gold, Women's Slopestyle Snowboarding
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.prevnext
U.S Figure Skaters, Bronze, Team Figure Skating
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.prevnext
Chloe Kim, Gold, Women's Halfpipe Snowboarding
@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."prevnext
Arielle Gold, Silver, Women's Halfpipe Snowboarding
The women's halfpipe snowboarding was an overwhelming American event, as 21-year-old Arielle Gold secured the bronze medal as well.prevnext
Shaun White, Gold, Men's Halfpipe Snowboarding
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.prevnext
Mikaela Shiffrin, Gold, Women's Giant Slalom Alpine Skiing
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.prevnext
John-Henry Krueger, Silver, Men's 1,000-Meter Short-Track Speed Skating
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.
Nick Goepper, Silver, Men's Slopestyle Freeskiing
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.prevnext
Alex & Maia Shibutani, Bronze, Ice Dancing
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.prevnext
Brita Sigourney, Bronze, Women's Halfpipe Freeskiing
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.prevnext
Lindsey Vonn, Bronze, Women's Downhill Alpine Skiing
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.prevnext
Jessie Diggins & Kikkan Randall, Gold, Women's Cross-Country Team Spring Free
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.prevnext
Lauren Gibbs & Elana Meyers Taylor, Silver, Women's Bobsled
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.prev