American Gold

By The Stream Published on February 26, 2018

Well, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics are officially in the books. The United States athletes did not do as well as projected. We only walked, skated and skied away with 23 total medals. That put us fourth behind Norway, Germany and Canada.

There is some good news. We did wrack up a vast number of 4th, 5th and 6th place finishes, which leaves us confidently saying, “We’ll get ’em next time!” (Next time will be 2022 in Beijing.)

Also, our athletes did earn nine gold medals. And before we turn away from the slopes and short tracks, let’s take another look at the Americans who have brought home the gold. 

Great job!

Redmond Gerard of United States celebrates after winning Gold during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pheonix Snow Park on February 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Redmond Gerard of United States celebrates after winning Gold during the Snowboard Men’s Slopestyle Final on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Pheonix Snow Park on Feb. 11, 2018.

 

USA's gold medallist Jamie Anderson poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women's snowboard slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 12, 2018.

USA’s gold medallist Jamie Anderson poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the women’s snowboard slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza.

 

Gold medalist Shaun White of the United States celebrates during Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

A tearful Shaun White celebrates his gold medal in Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe Final on day five of the Winter Olympics. What redemption from his disappointing showing in 2014. 

 

Chloe Kim of the United States reacts to her first run score during the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

A star is born. Chloe Kim reacts to her first run score during the Snowboard Ladies’ Halfpipe Final on day four. Chloe took the gold and she took America’s heart.

 

Players of Team USA celebrate winning the gold medal after penalty-shot shootout following the Women's Ice Hockey Gold Medal game final between USA and Canada on day thirteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Hockey Centre on February 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Team USA celebrates winning the gold medal after penalty-shot shootout following the Women’s Ice Hockey Gold Medal game final between USA and rival Canada on day thirteen.

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David Wise of United States is jointed on the podium by his son Malachi, daughter Nayeli and his wife Alexandra after he takes gold in the Men's Ski Halfpipe at Phoenix Snow Park on February 22, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

David Wise is joined on the podium by son Malachi, daughter Nayeli and wife Alexandra after taking gold in the Men’s Ski Halfpipe.

 

USA's gold medallists Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins as they dance on the podium during the medal ceremony for the cross country women's free team sprint at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 22, 2018.

Getting in the groove. USA’s gold medalists Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins dance on the podium during the medal ceremony for the cross country women’s free team sprint.

 

Gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States kisses her medal during the medal ceremony for Alpine Skiing - Ladies' Giant Slalom on day six of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Medal Plaza on February 15, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States kisses her medal during the medal ceremony for Alpine Skiing β€” Ladies’ Giant Slalom.

 

Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men's Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Curling Centre on February 24, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Team United States reacts after defeating Sweden 10-7 to win the Curling Men’s Gold Medal game on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Yup, we’re the best in the world at Curling. 

 

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