Winter Olympics

Norway’s Success at the Winter Olympics

Norway has taken the world by storm at Pyeongchang 2018, winning more medals than any other nation since the very first Winter Olympics in 1924. The country’s Olympic team won 39 medals – 14 of those being gold – topping the overall medal table. That’s 10 medals more than Canada overall and 8 clear of Germany, while Team USA was 16 medals behind Norway. One of the biggest highlights of Norway’s success was it’s latest medal win – when Marit Bjoergen made history for Norway by winning gold in cross-country skiing. “I knew that if we won a medal today we would make history for Norway” said Leif Kristoan Nestvold-Haugen, part of the Norway skiing team. “Even underneath the suit I get goosebumps talking about it, that the Alpine team could get that 38th medal”. Through the games this year, Norway dominated cross-country skiing, and won medals in alpine skiing,…

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony Highlights

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics concluded last Sunday with an epic closing ceremony. Although there were fewer athletes than the opening event – as some Olympians had already gone home – the ceremony didn’t skimp on entertainment, K-pop, and expressions of hope and peace between the two Koreas. Check out some of our highlights: Politics gets awkward Ivanka Trump was representing the US at the ceremony – with her father tweeting that “we cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country”. Quite like the awkward situation with Mike Pence at the ceremony, Ivanka found herself seated close to a controversial figure from the North Korean regime. The mid-ceremony medal presentation The women’s 30km cross-country skiing event had its medal presentation in the middle of the ceremony. Norway’s Marit Bjoregn, who, by the way – is the most successful Winter Olympian of all time – was presented with her eighth…

Winter Olympics 2018: Medal Count

With the Winter Olympics 2018 just closing on Sunday, it’s the perfect time to review all the chaos and excitement that has been going on for the past couple of weeks. Norway killed the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, sitting atop the leaderboard with 39 total medals including 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze. Norway added a bronze medal to their total after controversy hit, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport finding that Russian curler Aleksandr Kruselnitcki was guilty of doping when he and his curling partner wife won a bronze medal in the mixed pairs. Krushelnitcki admitted to the doping violations and has been provisionally suspended as CAS continues to investigate the positive test. Germany came in second place with 31 medals – 14 gold, 10 silver, and 7 bronze. What’s the US Medal Count? USA just had its most successful run on Day 13 of…

Winter Olympics Highlights

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, but sadly it has come to an end with the closing ceremony taking place on February 25th. From Ester Ledecka’s shock win in the skiing, to Nathan Chen putting together a fantastic redemption skate, its hard to keep track of it all. So we thought it would be the perfect time for a refresher of some of the big moments and highlights of the Olympics so far: Chloe Kim wins epic gold Chloe Kim put down a run that people are going to be able to tell their kids about in her first Olympic half final. The 17-year-old phenom was pretty much her only competition, it was an amazing performance and the best olympic debut she could have hoped for. Shaun White redeems himself In the nail biting snowboarding run, White took out gold over Japanese star…

Chloe Kim – The Youngest Woman Ever to Win an Olympic Snowboarding Gold Medal

U.S Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim made Olympic history in Pyeongchang last week – becoming the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic snowboarding medal. She may have forgot to finish her breakfast sandwich on the team bus on the morning of the women’s halfpipe event, even complaining about being “hangry” on Twitter right before her third run in the finals. Neverthelesss, being hangry didn’t make a difference at all. Kim won gold, and infact, had secured her gold medal before her third run. In her final sequence, Kim could’ve just gone down the middle of the halfpipe, in search of a bite to eat to suppress her ‘hangryness’, and she would’ve still won gold. Instead, she went all out and scored 98.25, beating her earlier score of 93.75 – which by the way, would’ve won gold – she pulled off the first ever back-to-back 1080s in women’s Olympic history. After…

Snowboarder Ester Ledecka wins shock gold in Super-G Skiing

Until last week, 22-year-old Czech athlete, Ester Ledecka was more well known for her snowboarding talents rather than her exploits on skis. She was ranked 43rd in the World Cup Standing in Super-G, and was thought to have a better chance of gold in the snowboarding events in Pyeongchang this Olympics. But that all changed on Saturday, when she pulled off the shock of the season – beating some of the best female skiers in the world to take out the Olympic Super-G gold.  When Ledecka started her run, defending Super-G champ, Anna Veith was at the bottom of the slope, probably preparing to celebrate becoming the first woman to win back-to-back titles in the Olympic super-G. Ledecka’s run was at par with her starting position until halfway down the course but she carved up the bottom of the run to clock 1:21.11 seconds. She could hardly believe it herself…

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