When looking back on these Olympics, some moments will certainly stand out. Everyone will remember 17-year-old Chloe Kim, who was overwhelmed with emotion and joy after winning the gold medal in the ladies’ halfpipe. And her postgame tweets where she shared her love of ice creams and churros were unforgettable, too.
There’s also Shaun White. White won gold medals in the men’s halfpipe in the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. But four years ago he failed to medal and many thought he’d be done. Then while training for the 2018 games in New Zealand, White crashed into the edge of the halfpipe and the injuries he sustained resulted in over sixty stitches. Even though he still qualified for these Olympics in Pyeongchang, there was doubt as to whether or not he’d be able to compete.
And who could forget the United States’ women’s ice hockey gold medal? The game was remarkable — one of those moments where you’ll always remember where you were when it happened. The instant classic pales in comparison to the miracle on ice in 1980, however there are few American hockey moments that could live up to this. Penalty shots were required to settle the gold medal game with Canada, and for the first time in recent memory, the United States came out on top against our rivals to the north.