Pyeongchang breathes, bids Winter Olympics farewell

Eileen GuzmanMar 03, 2018

Eleven out of the 23 athletes on the silver medal winning women's hockey team are from Ontario including Meghan Agosta, Renata Fast, Laura Fortino, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Geneviève Lacasse, Sarah Nurse, Natalie Spooner, Laura Stacey and Jennifer Wakefield. Previously in the 2014 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Norway won second place with 26 medals, three medals behind Russian Federation.

While officials in PyeongChang, where the Olympics was held, acknowledged that the Games were hit by a cyber attack during the opening ceremony on 9 February, they refused to confirm who was responsible.

"This is evidence that this was the best Team Japan ever", delegation chief Yasuo Saito said at a news conference with 14 of Japan's medal-winning athletes at Tokyo Midtown Tower on Monday evening.

Analysts surmise the disruption was retaliation against the International Olympic Committee for banning the Russian team from the Winter Games due to doping violations.

Sports is claiming a Winter Games record after finishing out the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with $920 million in national advertising sales.

In hockey, Germany plays the Russian team after toppling defending champions Canada in the semifinal. Marit Bjoergen of Norway was given her eighth gold medal and Iivo Niskanen of Finland accepted his second.

With established stars and multi-gold medalists such as Shaun White, Jamie Anderson and David Wise being joined by teenagers such as Gerard and Chloe Kim, the USA team have been a leading force on the slopes here, alongside Canada.

Sports and the Olympics tend bring us together.

Two years ago, the GRU penetrated a database containing drug test results and confidential medical data, and posted information about noteworthy USA athletes including tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, four-time gymnastics gold medalist Simone Biles and women's basketball standout Elena Delle Donne. "But I would like to win gold four years from now to repay them". Jaime Anderson took first for the Women's Team with a score of 83.00, beating Canada's Laurie Blouin who scored a 76.33.

The final medal count for Norway was 39 with 14 medals in Gold and Silver, and 11 medals in Bronze. The 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang were filled with displays of athletic prowess as well as some entertaining commentary. Though overall many athletes performed less satisfactorily than desired, there were many young athletes who achieved above their predicted results.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard program relies on donations and sponsorship for 100 percent of its funding and Jankowski hopes success in Pyeongchang will lead to financial benefits down the line.

Gabbriella Kabler is a freshman Chemistry major and an off-campus writer for Cedars.

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