Winter Olympics



Shaun White celebrates his gold medal win!

Kayla Rautine, Reporter

17 days, 15 events, 92 countries, and one goal. The 2018 Winter Olympics are here again and promise to bring many memorable moments as the U.S is predicted to win 29 medals this year.

One of those moments took place last night as 31 year old icon Shaun White became a three time Olympic champion reclaiming his halfpipe title to win the US’s 100th all-time Winter Olympics gold medal. White took gold in dramatic fashion edging out Japan’s Ayumu Hirano who led the contest after the second run.  White’s victory came after a disappointing fourth place finish in the 2014 games.

We have a total of 205 U.S participants. Four have already won gold: White, Redmond Gerard: Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle (he’s only 17!), Jamie Anderson: Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle, and Chloe Kim: Women’s Snowboarding Halfpipe.

Windy conditions have caused several of the outdoor events to be postponed, but the US is looking for strong performances from Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn in alpine skiing.

The 2018 Winter Olympics are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea.  The opening ceremony was held on February 9 with a theme of peace, passion, harmony, and convergence.  During the ceremony North & South Korea notably walked under one flag.

This year there are 92 countries competing. In the last Winter Olympics in 2014 there were 88 countries competing. One country caused some controversy with their participation. Russia was banned on December 5 from competing due to doping. However, Russian athletes who could prove themselves to be innocent were allowed to compete under the one condition that they must do it under a neutral flag. The flag has the name “Olympic athlete from Russia.” So far they have won five medals.

Tune in to NBC during primetime to watch our Team US athletes go for gold!