The Winter Olympics have come, astounded us with their athletic skill and beauty, and gone. But a new star was born. We must learn the name. Here are a baker’s dozen of possibilities that should remain in our minds.
Shaun White won Gold for the 3rd time in his third appearance.
Chloe Kim, at age 17, won Gold in the half pipe.
Red Gerard, at age 17, won Gold in the half pipe.
Mikaela Shiffrin, at 22, won more medals than Lindsey Vonn.
USA women defeated Canada in hockey in a long OT. Their goalie was 20.
Alina Zagitova, at 15, defeated Evgenia Medvedeva, at 18, in ice skating. Youth is being served in many places at this Olympics.
Martin Fourcade won Gold 3 more times. He is the best his sport has seen.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took Gold in Ice Dancing for the 3rd and 4th times.
Ester Ledecka won Gold in Skiing and Snowboarding. The first person to win Gold in 2 different sports in an Olympics.
Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall won the USA’s first Gold Medal EVER in cross-country skiing.
Mark McMorris of Canada won Bronze as a snowboarder 11 months after a crash that left him with 17 broken bones, a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen, and being placed in an induced coma. He didn’t need Gold to be a winner.
Marit Bjoergen, 37, of Norway. She won Gold in 30km cross-country skiing, her 5th medal in this Olympics, her 8th Gold all-time, her 15th medal of all-time. All accomplishments are records. A BBC writer called her “The Greatest Winter Olympian of all time.”
Piat Taufatofua: the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer in Winter and Summer games.
And the name to remember = NORWAY (see flag below), with a record 39 medals in the Winter Olympics (the old record was USA with 37):14 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze. The winner is not always U-S-A, U-S-A.