On Friday, February 9, the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony took place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Now, the Games are in full swing and top athletes from around the world are going for gold.
As of Tuesday morning, Germany was leading the gold medal count, while Norway had the most medals altogether. The United States was not far behind, however, with 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 2 bronze medals.
Team USA has been representing our country with passion and drive, and the 3 gold medals that we have won so far is a testimony to that. While the medals are impressive enough, the fact that 2 of them were won by 17-year-olds, the first male and female born in this century to win an Olympic gold, makes it that much sweeter.
Below are the three gold medalists so far of the 2018 Winter Olympics. As of Tuesday morning, all of the golds are from snowboarding. As the week progresses, hopefully we will see some other sports represented!
The 17-year-old Colorado native won gold for Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle. He earned the first gold medal for Team USA in a surprising victory against 11 other competitors. When he began his third run on the slope, the teen was in the last place. His final run earned him the top spot, however, with a score of 87.16.
Anderson is from South Lake Tahoe, California. The 27-year-old won gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle with a score of 83.00. Anderson won gold in the same event at the 2014 Winter Olympics as well.
She said, “I’m feeling so happy. I’ve gone through so much this last year just preparing for the Games, and defending the gold is definitely not an easy position to be in.”
This snowboarding prodigy earned a gold medal for Women’s Halfpipe Snowboard. The 17-year-old was a favorite leading up to these Games. At the time of the 2014 Olympics, Kim was qualified numbers wise to compete but was not old enough (as she was only 13). Her patience paid off, however, as she soared past her competition with a nearly perfect score of 98.25. Kim’s parents are originally from South Korea, making her victory even more special for her.
Congrats to the gold medalists on their victories! Go Team USA! Are you watching the Olympics? Let us know! In other recent news, an American athlete stunned the crowd with a terrible crash and was sent to the hospital on Tuesday. Please keep her in your prayers.