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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…

        Sarah Schleper to compete in fifth Olympics

        Fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, Sarah Schleper, will be making an appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeonghcang this February! Not only will she be competing, but she’ll also be flag bearer for the Mexican delegation at the opening ceremony on February 9th. Although originally from Vail, Schleper married Federico Gaxiola in 2007, became a Mexican citizen in 2014, and has been competing for Mexico, including the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creak, and the 2017 Worlds in St Moritz. Schleper has had an eventful skiing career, taking part in 186 World Cup races, and achieving 4 podium finishes, and one victory. Pyeongchang will be her fifth Olympics. In an interview with VailDaily, Schleper talks about how excited she is to be representing Mexico this Winter Games. “Mexico is a wonderfully vibrant and beautiful nation” she said. “We have a lot of Mexicans coming…

          Meet Ghana’s first Olympic Skeleton Bobsled athlete

          Akwasi Frimpong is Ghana’s very first Olympic Skeleton athlete, making his first appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in February! Frimpong is a sprinter, bobsledder and skeleton athlete. He’s had a long and hard journey that has taken him to where he is today. In light of Olympic history’s first Ghanian skeleton athlete, we want to share his story. Akwasi is Ghanian born, but moved to the Netherlands with his parents at the age of 8. After moving to the Netherlands, it took Akwasi and his family a long 13 years to finally earn a Dutch residence permit. His struggles living as an undocumented immigrant from a young age has helped shaped him into the self-assured Dutchman he is today. One of the biggest challenges was finding a school that would accept him despite his illegal residence in the country. Luck was on his side, when he met Peter Jansen,…

            Nigerian Women’s bobsleigh team set to make history at Winter Olympics 2018

            The Nigerian women’s bobsleigh team will be making their first ever appearance at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang this February! They will be making history as the first African sled to compete at the Winter Olympics, and the first time Nigeria will be represented at the Winter Olympics. Make no mistake, this isn’t a sequel to ‘Cool Runnings’, the team – Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga – are taking their Olympic qualification very seriously, and are looking for a medal this coming February. The team were on the way to qualifying last November, completing the fifth of their five required races in Calgary – which was on the same track that the Jamaican bobsled team rose to fame at the Winter Games in 1988 – iconic! However, to fully qualify for the Olympics, the team had to maintain their world ranking until 14th of January. There’s no doubt…

              Skiers to watch out for this Winter Olympics

              With just under a month left until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we’re super excited to see what the athletes bring to the table! Here are some of the star skiers who have qualified for the upcoming Olympics, and you should be sure to keep an eye on! Alpine Skiing Men Austrian Alpine Skier, Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly one to watch this Olympics. His last Olympic win was at the 2014 Winter Olympics, finishing with a silver medal in slalom. He’s had an amazing run at the current Ski World Cup with 7 gold medals, and we’re sure to see him do all he can to get that gold in this coming Olympics! Norwegian skier, Henrik Kristoffersen is another contender to watch out for. With 9 podium finishes at this seasons World Cup, we can count on him to bring his A-game at the games in Pyeongchang this…

                Marcel Hirscher wins slalom race in Zagreb!

                Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest slalom athlete this season! For the 5th time in a row, Hirscher has done it again, winning the slalom in Zagreb on Thursday with a time of 1:50.65! Fellow Austrian, Michael Matt came in second with a time of 1:50.65, and Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen finished third.  Hirscher has won places on the podium in his last 12 giant slalom races in the world cup and world championships, and has won 7 of them! Proving he’s an unstoppable force this season. In light of his win, let’s take you through some of his biggest skiing achievements! World Cup Debut Making his world cup debut at the age of 18 in 2007, the half-Austrian and hap-dutch skier Marcel Hirscher quickly rose to fame and established himself as slalom king! Between 2007 and 2009, he had much success in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G…

                  Mikaela Shiffrin wins first Downhill Race!

                  She’s knows as being the ‘slalom queen’, but Mikaela Shiffrin can now add Downhill to her growing list of achievements, winning her very first World Cup downhill victory in Lake Louise last Saturday! Shiffrin scored a time of one minute 27.55 seconds, beating Germany’s Viktoria Rebesburg by 0.13 seconds, and Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin who came in third with a time of 1:27.72. Shiffrin, who was the overall World Cup winner last season was competing in just her fourth World Cup downhill race, and of her 32 World Cup wins, 26 are her triumphs in slalom. The start of the race was delayed by over an hour because of a power outage after a a power line to the Lake Louise resort failed, so the course was shortened for the race on Saturday. “Shortening the distance was definitely an advantage to me because the top section is flat and I’m not…

                    FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Winners!

                    Its been an epic month of ski racing so far, so lets take you through some of our highlights! Super G – Ladies 28 year old Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein won the the season’s first Super-G race last Sunday at Lake Louise. Weirather was also last years Super-G crystal globe winner, proving herself again by barreling down the slopes in 1:18.52 seconds. Second place went to last year’s super-G winner Lara Gut from Switzerland with a time of 1:18.63, while the super-G reigning champ Nicole Schmidhofer finished third with a time of 1:18.79. Drama unveiled when American skier Lindsey Vonn – the all time biggest winner in the discipline, failed to finish the Super-G race after crashing for her second time this season. She unfortunately failed to keep her skis under her when taking a wide turn, resulting in a slide out. Although Vonn had a nightmare weekend at Lake…

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