What were the best moments of this year’s Olympics? Here’s a look into the biggest moments in PyeongChang.
10. Opening Ceremonies, torch-lighting
First you had the very symbolic gesture of a North Korean and South Korean carrying the torch together, then figure skater Yuna Kim getting to light the cauldron. What a scene that was.
9. Olympic Athletes from Russia win men’s hockey
Hopefully they don’t get this one taken away for doping, too.
8. Yuzuru Hanyu wins men’s figure skating
Cue the onslaught of Winnie the Pooh plushies!
7. Figure skating team event
The U.S. may have only gotten a bronze, but there was lots of good skating, especially from the Knierims and Mirai Nagasu.
6. U.S. women’s cross-country skiing gold
The USA never had a gold medal in women’s cross-country skiing until these girls pulled off a last-second comeback, with Jessie Diggins crossing the finish line first to win it.
5. Women’s figure skating
It is true that the Olympic Athletes from Russia gamed the system to win, as newfangled scoring in figure skating has certain quirks that enable certain skaters to take advantage by making all their jumps in the second half of their program to get a 10% bonus. But boy, was it fun to watch.
4. U.S. women’s hockey wins gold
In a shootout, no less! They came back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game late in the third period, then survived overtime on their way to claiming the gold by winning the shootout after the shootout was tied after 5 shooters apiece. What a thrilling finish.
3. Chloe Kim wins gold in women’s snowboarding halfpipe
Chloe Kim is like a living, breathing Hello Kitty. She’s just the most adorable, cute girl. But just like Hello Kitty has so much power to make money, so too does Chloe have the power to make outstanding tricks on the halfpipe, and blow away everybody en route to a gold medal. It sucks she only had one event, cause I’d loved to have seen her more.
2. Shaun White wins gold in men’s snowboarding halfpipe
What an ending this was. Needing a perfect run to capture the gold medal, White did just that, and showed off some of the world’s best tricks on the halfpipe en route to doing so. His reaction after winning was priceless, simply totally overcome with emotion.
- U.S. men’s curling wins gold
This was my favorite moment because what odds the team had to overcome. The team was sitting at 2-4 and out of medal contention, before catching on fire and beating 3 of the world’s best teams to get into the medal round at 5-4. They then had to beat Canada, the defending gold medalists, and Sweden, probably the best team in the world. They did so and won gold. But it’s how they did that’s amazing. Skip John Shuster, who had been roasted on Twitter and Wikipedia for being the most anti-clutch player of all time, came through in the clutch again and again, including the biggest shot in Olympic history to score 5 points against the Swedes to take home the gold. Congratulations John, and the rest of your teammates – you are not only gold medalists, you are the best story of these Games!
Oh, and see you in Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, hopefully in person!