2018 Winter Olympics Recap

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Norway won the most medals this year with 39, followed by Germany with 31, Canada with 29, the U.S. with 23 and the Netherlands in fifth with 20.

Back in 2014, we won 28 medals, and in 2010 we won 37, which was the record at the time.

Now Norway holds the new record with 39.

By Olympics end, we won 9 Gold medals, 8 Silver, and 6 Bronze.  Our best sport was nowboarding where we won 7, including 4 Gold.  U.S.also won 4 medals in freestyle skiing, 3 in Alpine and 1 in cross-country.

We also took Gold in women’s hockey, a Gold in curling, Silvers in bobsled, luge, and short track , a Bronze in speedskating . . . and 2 Bronze medals in figure skating.

The U.S. women did ightly better than the men this year, winning 12 of our 23 medals, including 5 Gold.  The men won 9 medals, including 4 Gold.  We also won two Bronze medals in pairs figure skating, which had both men and women.

Our individual standouts this year weresnowboarder Jamie Anderson and skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who each won a Gold and a Silver.  Brother-and-sister figure skating duo of Alex and Maia Shibutani also won those two Bronze medals.

Only 2 world records were broken this year, both in speedskating.  Another 23 Olympic records also fell, 17 of them in speedskating.  The other six were in figure skating, but now of them were by Americans.

The United States did set a few other records

Women’s hockey player Jocelyne Lamoureux scored two goals in six seconds . . . 33-year-old Lindsey Vonn became the oldest woman to ever medal in Alpine skiing.

7-year-old snowboarders Chloe Kim and Red Gerard became the very first athletes to be born in the 21st century and win a Gold medal.

The youngest athlete to compete was a 15-year-old skier from China.

The oldest was a 49-year-old curler from Finland.

The U.S youngest and oldest competitors were 17-year-old figure skater Vincent Zhou, and 39-year-old hockey player Brian Gionta.