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Final Winter Olympic Medal Count

Reece Candler, Staff Writer

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After two weeks of athletic competition, the 2018 Winter Olympics came to an end last Sunday. Norway led the medal count with 39, Germany came in second place with 31 medals, and Canada had the third most with 29. The United States won a disappointing 23 medals, well short the United States Olympic Committee’s prediction. Athletes like Chloe Kim and Shaun White won gold in the halfpipe. Chris Mazder won the first men’s luge medal for the United States while Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the first gold medal in cross country skiing for the United States, man or woman. The US women’s hockey team finally got through years of heartbreak and defeat to beat archrivals, Canada. The US also upset Canada twice on its way to gold in men’s curling. Disappointing performances from some athletes held the medal count back for the US. Mikaela Shiffrin, predicted to win up to 5 gold medals, only managed to win a gold and a silver. Nathan Chen was another disappointment. Tabbed as America’s best shot at an individual medal in figure skating, he fell in a couple of his performances and missed the podium.  Overal,l the Winter Olympics were a fun showcase of the World’s athletes.

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