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The weather, as it turned out, was no match for the hosts. Pyeongchang closed one of the more gracious, efficient and warmhearted Olympics in recent memory Sunday, ending South Korea’s first Winter Games with a joyous celebration of a job well done.
Victories in unexpected sports such as curling and cross-country – along with a dramatic win in women’s hockey – helped the U.S. forge a late rally and avoid what might otherwise have been a disappointing, if not embarrassing, 2018 Winter Olympics.
Sweaty and spent, members of the team with the awkward name Olympic Athletes From Russia gathered to finish their mission.
The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity’s finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box – and a potential path away from conflict.
The International Olympic Committee on Sunday upheld the ban of Russia from the Pyeongchang Winter Games because of doping, denying the 168 athletes competing here as “Olympic Athletes from Russia” the right to march in the closing ceremony under their country’s flag.
Here, in the final Olympics Buzz of these Games, we take a look at some of the winners and losers.
The Olympics nearly over, it’s not just athletes who will be reviewing their performance. NBC says the Pyeongchang games was a profit-maker, despite some ratings decreases. The two weeks made stars of some NBC performers, hurt the reputations of others.
The International Olympic Committee has left a decision on whether to reinstate Russia to the Pyeongchang Olympics until the day of the closing ceremony. The IOC is leaving all options open. It could readmit the Russian team, continue the ban or hedge with what it calls a “partial solution.” There have been two positive doping tests at the Pyeongchang Games by Russian athletes.
John Shuster delivered another Miracle on Ice for the Americans, only this one came with brooms instead of hockey sticks.
John Shuster’s last throw in the eighth end of the Olympic curling final clacked off one Swedish stone and knocked it into another, sending them both skittering out of scoring range.
On a snowboard and skis, Ester Ledecka is a history-making Olympic gold medalist.
Lindsey Vonn has said repeatedly that these would be the last Winter Games of her career. Her U.S. teammate – and heir apparent – Mikaela Shiffrin jokes about whether Vonn really means it. Vonn is 33. Shiffrin is 22. Each has won three Olympic medals.
The Russians finally won a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Canadian men’s hockey team won’t even get the chance after losing to Germany.
The Russians expected to play for the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years. Their opponent is quite the surprise: Germany.
Shani Davis let his skating do his talking in his last event at the Pyeongchang Olympics. The four-time Olympic medalist finished seventh in the 1,000 meters, waved to the fans inside Gangneung Oval and disappeared below the ice.
And that, as much as anything that happened between the blue lines late Wednesday night at Gangneung Hockey Center, is why the next time USA Hockey pays homage to Olympic gold medals on the rear inside neckline, it will have another year to overlook: 2018.
The United States’ women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 on Thursday in a gold-medal game that claimed a spot among the Olympics’ most thrilling moments in recent memory.
Anna Gasser edged two-time gold medalist Jamie Anderson in a thrilling final to earn gold in the Olympic debut of women’s Big Air snowboarding. Gasser is the reigning world champion. She stomped the last of her three jumps with a double cork 1080 that saw the Austrian flip twice while spinning three times. Her score of 96 was the highest of the day and gave her a total of 185.00. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott grabbed the bronze to give New Zealand its first Winter Olympic medal in 26 years.
American cross-country skier Jessica Diggins’ strategy couldn’t have worked better. The result was a historic gold medal for the United States in women’s cross-country skiing and a celebration that lasted well into the night. The American team of Diggins and Kikkan Randall set out to win the country’s first Olympic medal of any kind in the sport since 1976 but thoughts quickly turned to gold on the final lap.