Team USA Falls Short of Expectations

Tony Nguyen, staff writer

 South Korea has been chosen to host this year’s Winter Olympics in their city of Pyeongchang. The opening ceremony is just around the corner, and there are many American athletes who were looked out for as they aimed for that gold medal.

                Rising stars will be looking to make impressive debuts at this year’s Winter Olympics. Returning legends Shaun White and Elana Meyers are entering Pyeongchang with inspiring motivation as they aim to win gold in their respective disciplines to validate their title as American legends.

                Pyeongchang, South Korea is an icy, mountainous region that is perfect for hosting the Winter Olympics. As they have already built the venues where the games will be taking place after receiving the majority vote back in 2011.

                Pyeongchang olympic symbols create the image of ice and snow, fitting for the Winter Olympics, as it symbolizes “people from all over the world, coming together in Pyeongchang where heaven meets earth.” Along with that, their olympic mascot has been revealed to be a white tiger character named “Soohorang” that represents the protection for athletes and spectators during the games.

“I’m so excited that the winter olympics are in Pyeongchang this year! I’m excited for the ice skating portion.” – Ken Bui (11)

                There are many young prospects from Team USA such as Nathan Chen (figure skating) and Chloe Kim (snowboarding halfpipe) who are aiming to win that gold medal this year after finding success in separate competitions that are considered major in their own respect, like this year’s X-Games and figure skating’s Grand Prix.

                Along with that there are other returning athletes still in their prime, that tried to get America that gold medal in their respective sports like Shaun White (snowboarding)Hailey Langland (snowboarding big air), the duo Alex and Maia Shibutani (ice dancing), and Mikaela Shiffrin (skiing).

                WIth the end of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, the US has made a fine showing in the final results grabbing 9 gold medals, 8 silver, and 6 bronze. Some of the most outstanding showings came from our snowboarding athletes Chloe Kim and Shaun White as both were able to snag the gold medals in their half-pipe snowboarding events. A surprising win came from the US curling team as they snatched gold from Sweden, securing the first ever curling gold medal for the United States.

                Although the US didn’t surpass or meet past scores, they remained one of the highest scoring countries in the worldwide event as many young and veteran athletes were able to perform to secure various medals and achievements.