The 2018 Winter Olympics is now one week old. Competition has not disappointed, and in some cases, gone as planned.
Team USA’s first gold medal went to the 17-year-old snowboarder Red Gerard.
Gerard is the youngest American male to claim a gold medal at the Winter Olympics since 1928 – who saw this one coming?
I had a front row seat when Gerard joined Willie Geist on the TODAY Show.
Chris Mazdzer made history in the men’s singles luge as he took home a silver medal and became the first American to ever place.
Female snowboarder Jamie Anderson defended her slopestyle competition title cruising to another gold medal.
Anderson is the first woman to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard.
Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. She turns 18 years old in April.
Shaun White brought home his third Olympic gold medal after crushing the men’s snowboard halfpipe. This comes just months after needing 62 stitches in his face.
Moments after receiving his medal, I had a chance to spend some time with him on our way to NBC’s TODAY Show set.
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Team USA has totaled eight medals in all, while Germany has 15 and Norway has 18.
How about your DMV Olympians competing at PyeongChang 2018? I’ve been following them closely.
Elana Meyers-Taylor has been preparing for competition which begins Feb. 20 from 6:50-8:45 a.m. ET.
Garrett Roe and USA ice hockey are already in full swing with Olympic competition. The team is 1-1 through two preliminary games, including a 2-1 victory over Slovakia.
Roe logged 12:42 TOI.
Maame Biney, the first African American woman to qualify for Team USA in speedskating, fell short in her four-person quarterfinal heat with a time of 44.77 seconds, 1.28 seconds away from advancing to the semifinals.
Biney is set to compete in the women’s short track 1500-meter competition Feb. 17.
I caught up with her the night after failing to qualify inside NBC’s TODAY Show green room.
She remains upbeat and already motivated for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.
Thomas Hong, along with teammates Henry Krueger, JR Celski and Aaron Tran, finished third in the 5,000-meter short track speedskating relay heats on Feb. 13.
The finals in the men’s 5,000-meter relay is slated for Feb. 22 from 5-7:45 a.m. ET. Hong will compete for his first Olympic medal while representing the state of Maryland.
Freestyle skier, Ashley Caldwell, came up short failing to qualify for the women’s aerial final.
Here is video of her run, courtesy of NBC Olympics: http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/ashley-caldwell-doesnt-qualify-womens-aerials-final.
NBCOlympics.com will live stream all Olympic competition.
There’s something about the Olympic spirit that delivers special moments time and time again.
With the world as its audience, the Games has proven to, once again, be the true pinnacle of sport.
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