Pyeongchang Winter Olympics by the Numbers

The big win for the American women comes a day after Jamie Anderson won Olympic gold again in slopestyle.

The first United States gold medalist of the 2018 games was Red Gerard, a 17-year-old from Colorado, who dominated in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle event.

Mark McMorris, who was almost killed in a snowboarding accident last March, won his second consecutive Winter Olympics bronze in men's slopestyle on Sunday.

However, organisers say they have no concerns about fitting in the 10 remaining gold medal races before the end of the Games on February 25.

Rochette isn't the only Canadian figure skater who made a lasting impression on the country if not the world. The top five highest-scoring teams from the short programs advanced to the free program round. Other significant accomplishments for Team USA include Chris Mazdzer's silver medal in Men's Single Luge and Arielle Gold's bronze medal in Women's Snowboarding Halfpipe.

The virus had broken out in the leadup to the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang last Friday and led to some 1,200 security staff being quarantined. The "Shib-sibs" (U of M), earned second in their free dance, ensuring Team USA's third-place finish, behind Canada (gold) and the Olympic athletes from Russian Federation, who got silver.

Kelli Stack #16 of the United States handles the puck against Laura Fortino #8 of Canada during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Tim Arsenault
Tim Arsenault

The Americans earned a bronze medal in the team figure skating event after a series of strong performances. A total of 102 game events will take place such as freestyle skiing, figure skating, ice hockey ski jumping and many others.

"I don't know why I smile so much", Biney told USA TODAY Sports in a recent interview. The perceived injustice stuck in the Korean national psyche long enough that when soccer teams from Korea and the USA played in the 2002 World Cup (in Korea) that June, Ahn Jung-Hwan and Lee Chun-Soo celebrated Korea's second-half tying goal with exaggerated skating motions. I don't like feeling sad.

Jessie Diggins won silver in this event at the 2015 world championships and is hungry to become the first USA woman to win an Olympic medal. But the moment was too important to be overshadowed by a loss.

The Winter Games are being staged only 80km (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South since their 1950-1953 war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

Last month, the two Koreas agreed to field a combined women's ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics as Seoul is trying to use the Games to re-engage with their neighbour and resolve tensions over the North's nuclear arms ambitions.

Stay with us for continued coverage throughout the Olympic Games.

  • Arturo Norris