Team USA is suddenly surging at the Winter Olympics

Isaac Cain
February 24, 2018

Sarah Murray, head coach of the unified Korean women's hockey team at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, speaks during a roundtable interview with South Korean journalists at Team Korea House inside Gangneung Olympic Park in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 23, 2018.

He struggled for form leading up to the Olympics and saw long-term sponsors leave but says this just motivated him to train harder.

Sure, Nathan Chen did rebound from a dismal short program to have the highest-scoring free skate in the men's Olympic program.

And the addition of extra players meant extra competition for South Koreans, who never before had to worry about their ice time.

Russian state TV reports that curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his Olympic bronze medal after failing a drug test. Krushelnitsky tested positive for the banned substance meldonium after he and his wife won bronze in mixed doubles.

In a time where American immigrants may face significant backlash for being from another country, our Olympic teams are an opportunity to showcase the contributions immigrants and racial minorities living in our country make to our culture.

So why did everything go wrong?

In a massive crash at the start line of the men's 30 km skiathlon, a Norwegian skier fell to the back of the field only to pass all competitors and win the gold in the last 11 minutes of the 1 hour and 16 minute race.

Where are this generation's Peggy Fleming, Kristi Yamaguchi and Tara Lipinski?

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With the top six skaters to go, the Americans nearly certainly will wind up ninth, 10th and 11th. "It's a good question without an easy answer". Thus, all such rankings are unofficial and merely reflect the performance of individual athletes rather than a competition between nations, which the Olympic games do not advocate.

Another well-known winter sport is snowboarding. The fallout was noticeable within U.S. Figure Skating, where membership declined three straight years. "It's not for everyone".

In the 2018 Winter Olympics, there are a total of 15 sports.

That's 50 percent more than what American medalists earned at the 2016 Summer Games.

Standing atop the podium at the Olympics is a priceless memory for athletes. The Italians finished fourth in the team event. Though born and raised in California, Kim trained in Switzerland for more than two years before returning to the United States, almost instantly becoming a professional and competing in the X Games. They won the Olympic trials to earn a spot in Sochi; a second straight 2-7 record in pool play left them ninth in the 10-team field.

Then in the men's 500m, South Korea had to settle for second and third behind China's Wu, the 2014 silver medallist, who set a world record in the quarter-finals and lowered it to 39.584sec in the final.

"Over the next four years", Lipinski said, "maybe we will see a jump from the U.S.as well". This might be because National Hockey League players are not allowed to compete in the Olympics this year.

The Olympic figure skating commentating trio of Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon will host the Closing Ceremony on NBC in primetime beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Those are all signs the sport is beginning another upswing.

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