The U.S. Olympic team had a solid start to the 2018 Winter Games, currently sitting tied for fifth in the medal count.
The 2018 Winter Olympics officially began following the conclusion of the opening ceremony on Friday. South Korea plays host to the 2018 games from Pyeongchang City, which is located in the northern quadrant of the country. This edition of the Winter Games will feature 2,952 athletes representing 92 different National Olympic Committees. Also, there will be 102 medal events which are the most in Winter Olympic history.
The weekend headliner was 17-year-old Red Gerard. Gerard specializes in Men’s slopestyle, this is a winter sport in which athletes ski or snowboard down a course including a variety of obstacles including rails, jumps and other terrain park features. He would go on to win the gold medal in this event, becoming the first American Gold medal winner in 2018. Also, he would make history in becoming the first person to ever win a medal in the Winter Olympics who was born in the 2000’s. Jamie Anderson would also win the gold in Women’s slopestyle.
History was also made in luge. American Chris Mazdzer won silver in the Men’s Singles competition. He became the first American to medal in this event, which is quite impressive considering Luge debuted over fifty years ago in the 1964 Winter Games.
Tonight the action keeps going when American legend Shaun White takes the slopes in pursuit of his third gold medal. Also, there will be curling, speed skating, and additional snowboarding to headline the coverage.
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