DemDaily: Our Olympic Heroes

February 23, 2018

The USA Women's Hockey Team celebrates their winning gold over Canada

As we go into the weekend, and the final days of the 2018 Winter Olympics, some much-needed uplifting news about the athletes representing the home of the free and the brave!

Wednesday night the USA Women's Hockey Team made history, taking the Gold for the first time in twenty years, and beating long-time rival Canada 3-2 in one of the most exciting moments of the games. The USA last won gold in women's hockey's debut in Nagano, but had lost to Canada in three of the past four Olympic finals.

Other Americans who have captured the gold in this year's games in PyeongChang, South Korea, include 17-year-olds Red Gerard in the men's snowboard slopestyle and Chloe Kim in the women's snowboard halfpipe and Mikaela Shiffrin in the women's giant slalom.

Jessica Diggins & Kikkan Randall won USA's first women's cross-country skiing medal

David Wise won the men's halfpipe skiing and Shaun Whitewon his third Olympic Gold in men's snowboard halfpipe, while Jamie Anderson won her second Olympic gold medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle event.

The USA Women's Cross-Country Team also brought home their first-ever gold and second-ever medal in the sport when Americans Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins beat favorites Norway and Sweden.

Americans have also brought home seven silver medals, including Alex Ferreira for men's halfpipe, Lauren Gibbs and Elana Meyers Taylor in women's bobsled, Nick Goepper in men's freestyle skiing slopestyle and John-Henry Krueger in the men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating.

2,952 athletes from 92 countries are competing in 102 events across seven sports and 15 disciplines.

Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani won the Bronze in free dance figure skating

Chris Mazdzer captured USA luge's first men's single medal in history, Mikaela Shiffrin took her second medal of the games with the silver in the women's Alpine combined and Jamie Anderson won her second medal with the silver in the women's snowboarding big air.

American Bronze medal winners include Maia and Alex Shibutani for ice dance figure skating, Arielle Gold in women's snowboard halfpipe, Brita Sigourney in women's freestyle skiing halfpipe and Lindsey Vonn in women's downhill skiing.

In the team competitions the USA Women's Speedskating Team clinched the bronze, as did the USA Figure Skating Team, with star performances by Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu.

USA Medals in 2018 Olympic Games (so far)
Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Alpine Skiing 1 1 1 3
Bobsled 0 1 0 1
Cross-Country 1 0 0 1
Figure Skating 0 0 2 2
Freestyle Skating 1 2 1 4
Hockey 1 0 0 1
Luge 0 1 0 1
Short Track 0 1 0 1
Snowboarding 4 1 1 6
Speed Skating 0 0 1 1
8 7 6 21

Country Medal Count (Top 10)
USA 21, Norway 37, Canada 27, Germany 26, Netherlands 18, France 15, OAR (Russia) 14, Switzerland 13, Austria 13, South Korea 12

Still to come! 
Saturday morning the USA Men's Curling Team goes head-to-head with Sweden in the final.

Among the other final competitions: speedskating, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, men's ice hockey, women's curling, biathlon, bobsled and figure skating.

The Games
South Korea is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone.

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