US has long way to go in PyeongChang


As the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, begin to wrap up, the United States has been lacking in gold medals and is on pace for its worst performance in the Winter Olympics since 1998.

The United States has 12 total medals so far, and only five of them are gold. The other seven medals for the United States include three silver and four bronze, good for seizing the No. 6 spot in the current medal standings between France and Sweden.

Red Gerard brought home the first gold medal for the United States in a comeback in the men’s snowboard slopestyle competition. Gerard was in last place going into his final run and managed to score an 87.16, just over one point higher than silver medalist, Canada’s Max Parrot.

Gerard also overslept on the day of his competition after watching Netflix late the night before.

Jamie Anderson took the next gold medal for the United States in the ladies’ snowboard slopestyle with a score of 83.00. Anderson got her gold-winning score on her first run of the day in weather conditions, which included strong winds, that could have been dangerous for the competitors.

“I was trying to keep the spirits high, like, ‘Let’s run it,'” the 27-year-old athlete said, according to the Associated Press. “A handful of the girls were like, ‘No, it’s not safe,’ and things like that. It’s not like what we’re doing is safe, anyhow.”

Next to bring home gold for the United States was Chloe Kim in the ladies’ halfpipe with an almost perfect score of 98.75, which was nearly nine points higher than second place Jiayu Liu from China. Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal at age 17.

She won her gold medal in her parents’ home country of South Korea.

Shaun White then scored a 97.75 in the men’s halfpipe event, which made him the first man to win three snowboarding gold medals. This near-perfect score comes just one month after White’s performance at the U.S. Grand Prix, in which he scored a perfect 100 to qualify for the Olympics.

This medal was also the 100th all-time gold medal to be awarded to the United States in the Winter Games.

Mikaela Shiffrin took the fifth gold medal for the United States with her performance in the ladies’ giant slalom with her 2:20.02 total time.

Shiffrin won gold in Sochi in 2014 and is the reigning World Cup overall champion. Her medal in PyeongChang made her the first woman to win three straight world slalom titles in 78 years.

The United States still has time to get more gold medals with one more week of competition to go.