USA Struggling in PyeongChang

USA Struggling in PyeongChang

The 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang have been a wild ride from the start, with unbelievable upsets, do-or-die moments and come-from-behind victories constantly keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. In the last two weeks, athletes from around the world have achieved incredible feats and firsts in 102 events across 15 different sports.

However, the bonuses for Team USA are microscopic compared to others around the globe.

Canadian women stepped up at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, securing the country its best showing at a Winter Games. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.

Larocque removed the medal as soon as it was placed around her neck. In addition to that, she also won a silver, and three bronze in the 15km skiathlon, 10km freestyle, and team spring events respectively. The first was a 5-1 win at the 1996 world championships. We won the silver, and it was a group of guys that still to this day hang together, and are on email together all the time.

But this wasn't Kim's first history-making feat.

Gold: Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, Germany - After Massot messed up in the short program, the veteran Savchenko gave him an unspoken scolding with her eyes.

Fellow Canadian India Sherret took a hard crash during the women's ski-cross competition. Quickly mastering the basic skills, she later competed for the first time at the age of seven.

Kaetlyn Osmond's bronze in women's figure skating lifted the Canadian medal total for the 2018 Winter Games to 27, one more than we managed at home in Vancouver in 2010.

Vonn said after the race that this was most likely her final Olympics.

Gold: Canada - The heavy gold favorite with a deep team featuring previous Olympic medalists, Canada had it clinched with one event remaining.

The Olympics are an opportunity for unrestrained joy and also bitter disappointment, and for most of the athletes here, much of what determines whether they will feel the former or the latter depends on what they expected of themselves going in, Scott Stinson writes.

Will U.S. figure skating followers see it the same way? Meyers Taylor and Kaillie Humphries of Canada are also the only women in the world who have won three Olympic bobsled medals.

Team USA was unable to add to its medal count on Friday; the US was well off the podium in the women's figure skating event, with a high finish of ninth place, while American Joey Mantia missed out on bronze in the 1,000 meter speedskate by four-tenths of a second. Osmond surged last year for a world silver medal and, at a seasoned 22, held off Japanese teens and 31-year-old Carolina Kostner of Italy for bronze here.

Austria's Hirscher, seeking his third gold medal in Pyeongchang, crashed out in the morning run and Kristoffersen of Norway followed suit in the afternoon, leaving the stunned Myhrer to top the podium. This drop off in production for Team USA has caused some people to ask if the clear advantage the United States used to have in the Olympics is suddenly gone, and why that is.

With the final few medals to be won at Pyeongchang, curling and ice hockey take centre stage on the last day of the games. The produced broadcast will air later that day on NBC at 8 P.M. EST.



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