With just a few days of competition to go, yet another Olympics is quickly slipping away from us. But before it’s all in the rearview mirror, let’s recap the winners, losers, and craziest moments for the Americans in the Games thus far, while also taking a look ahead to the climactic moments that still await us before the Closing Ceremony.
The U.S. Slopestyle Men: U.S. athletes tend to thrive in Olympic extreme sports brought over from the X Games, so naturally, the introduction of slopestyle skiing to Sochi yielded a podium sweep for the Americans. Joss Christensen took the gold, and he was flanked by friends and fellow countrymen Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper at the medal ceremony–just the third time in history that the U.S. has swept a Winter Olympic podium.
The U.S. Ice Dancers: You may not enjoy ice dancing; you may even resent that figure skating gets the lion’s share of primetime attention during the Games. But give credit where credit is due–Meryl Davis and Charlie White (both undergrads at the University of Michigan) won the first ice dancing gold medal in U.S. history after logging an incredible 17 years of skating together.
Kaitlyn Farrington: Farrington pulled off a huge upset in the women’s halfpipe competition, throwing down her absolute best run possible while some of the Olympics’ best stars from past Games faltered. Farrington knocked 2006 gold medalist Hannah Teter off the podium entirely, while ensuring that the rivalry between heavyweight contenders Torah Bright of Australia (2010 gold medalist) and Kelly Clark of the U.S. (2002 gold) remained a battle for silver (Bright grabbed silver, Clark got bronze).
Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller: After a couple of Olympics in which Bode Miller was the star of U.S. men’s downhill skiing, this was supposed to be Ted Ligety’s turn to enjoy the spotlight. Thus far, that has not been the case. At 36, Bode became the oldest athlete to medal in an Alpine skiing event when he grabbed a bronze in the super-G event, while fellow American Andrew Weibrecht also came through by coming up with a very unlikely silver medal in the same event.