By: Vorani Khoonsrivong
It’s been a week since the Olympic torch made its way to South Korea.
Below freezing temperatures did not bring the electric atmosphere for Team USA in Pyeongchang. From close finishes to unexpected upsets here’s what went down in week one.
In snowboarding veteran Shaun White found redemption with this third gold medal in his signature Halfpipe Event. His win comes after a disappointing fourth place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Newcomers Chloe Kim and Red Gerard stunned the world with their gold medal wins in the men’s Freestyle and women’s Halfpipe event respectively. The 17 year-olds are one of the youngest winners ever in any snowboard event.
Luger Chris Mazdzer made history winning the US’s first medal in any Luge event. He defeated former Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany, earning a Silver medal.
Asian Americans also made history in the figure skating events.
California native Mirai Nagasu successfully landed a triple axel in her free skate for the team event. She is the first American—and one of three women—to complete the difficult 3 ½ revolution jump in Olympic competition. Nagasu’s performance earned Team USA a bronze in the team event.
Palo Alto’s Vincent Zhou became the first person to complete a quadruple Lutz in competition during his free skate to Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.”
After underperforming in his short program, Nathan Chen rebounded from 17th to a 5th place finish in his free skate. He attempted six quad jumps and earned the highest point in the men’s free skate program.
The Shibutani siblings skated their way to 4th place during their short program in Ice Dancing. They are less than point than a way from the podium. They do their Long Program Monday.
With week two already underway, expect to see more historic wins and exciting moments in Pyeongchang.