Olympic Update

Mackenzie Barrett, Editor in Chief

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While PyeongChang has been filled with inspiring, historical stories and performances, it has thus far not been a very successful one.

Currently, the U.S. is in sixth place, rather low compared to the U.S.’s first place performance in Sochi four years ago.

Among the most heartbreaking losses is media favorite, Gus Kenworthy. Kenworthy was a medal favorite for PyeongChang after a second place finish in freestyle skiing. However, after suffering a broken thumb and hip injury during the trials, Kenworthy was incredibly unprepared for the finals. He took a last place finish. His Olympic appearance still made history, however. After coming out in the 2015 ESPN Body Issue, he, alongside Adam Rippon, has become the first openly gay man to compete for team USA.

Despite Kenworthy’s disappointing finish, the U.S. still took home a medal in freestyle skiing. Silver was snagged by Indiana native Nick Goepper. This was his second Olympic appearance and his second medal win. After battling severe depression and alcohol abuse after his bronze win in Sochi four years ago, Goepper’s PyeongChang performance is both impressive and inspiring.

Among one of the most decorated athletes on Team USA is alpine skier, Mikaela Shiffrin. Two time ESPY Female Athlete of the Year, four time World Cup Champion and reigning world champion in  the slalom, Shiffrin was expected to make a show out of PyeongChang (FoxNews). After a close fourth place finish in the women’s slalom, her performance in the giant slalom was greatly anticipated. Shiffrin edged out first place, only .4 seconds faster than Norway, the current Olympic Champions.

Other historic golds are snowboarders Chloe Kim and Red Gerard. Small in stature but big in talent, these 17-year-old professionals are taking social media by storm with their unorthodox Olympic debuts. Kim tweeted about how much she wanted ice cream during her gold medal competition, saying that if anyone could get her some cookies and cream “that’d be dope” (Twitter). Gerard woke up late on the day of his competition after staying up all night to binge watch Netflix. Olympians, they’re just like us!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Olympic competition until February 25 on NBC.