Some American athletes, many of the ones the media told us would be the stars of the games, have unfortunately bombed out.
Other Americans have emerged as the new stars, like Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy, and Nick Goepper.
From USA Today:
It's hard to argue with that. Since the Games opened last week, Americans have won nine medals — five gold — in snowboarding or freeskiing events. That accounts for 75% of the USA's total medal haul after Thursday's events.It's very exciting that it DID HAPPEN.
Consider this 18-hour span at the Extreme Park, home to slopestyle, halfpipe, moguls, aerials and ski and snowboard cross: American women finished first, third and fourth in the snowboard halfpipe just before midnight. By midafternoon the following day, the USA had added three more medals in men's ski slopestyle: a gold for Joss Christensen, silver for Gus Kenworthy and bronze for Nick Goepper.
"It's freaking amazing," U.S. freeskiing coach Skogen Sprang said. "I'm still kind of in shock. You don't really talk about that before. The chance was there, but you don't really expect it to happen. You can't expect it to happen."
Congratulations to our medalists!
Congratulations to all members of Team USA!