USA dominates in snowboarding for winter Olympics

Jessica Barnett, Contributing Writer

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have started and the United States has once again taken home multiple gold medals. They are being held Pyeong Chang, South Korea. So far, the USA has won Gold Medals in both women’s and men’s snowboarding competitions. The gold medal for Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle went to Red Gerard who is only 17 years old. He won the first gold medal for the United States in this Olympics. Gerard is one of the youngest competitors and this is his first time participating in the Olympics which made this accomplishment astonishing. Every competitor gets three runs and Gerard did not score the best at his first two. He entered his final run in 11th place and definitely was not predicted to win. Starting as the underdog, and making his way to the top shows how amazing Gerard’s skills really are.  Another gold medal went to Team USA in the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle. This medal was awarded to Jamie Anderson who is 27 years old. The qualifying round for the Women’s Slopestyle had to be canceled because of the high winds, so all 26 competitors advanced to the finals. The next day didn’t have much better conditions, but that didn’t stop Anderson from giving it her best. This was the second time she brought home a gold medal for the United States. It is safe to say that team USA dominated the Slopestyle category. Not only did they kill it in Slopestyle, they also were able to win two more gold medals in the Women’s Halfpipe competition and the Men’s Halfpipe competition. 17-year-old Chole Kim was awarded her first ever gold medal in this competition becoming the youngest woman to ever medal in snowboarding. She had an unbelievable run and left the judges speechless. In her first run she scored very high and Kim didn’t even have to try to score high again. She could have just coasted down the last two runs. Instead, she continued to show the world what she could do. Not only did she leave the judges speechless, but one of the competitors for the Men’s Halfpipe tends to always do just that. That man is Shaun White. He once again was able to win the gold medal in the Men’s Halfpipe event, on top of his already 13 gold medals he has already won. The final competition was on Tuesday night and all eyes were on Shaun White. He went against 11 other competitors and it was a nail biting competition. When it came to his last run he was in second place, and he needed to score over 95 to get to first. He did just that, scoring a 97. Considering he has never disappointed, and scored almost a perfect score at the Monday night finals qualifying event, it was no surprise that he was able to show the world that he truly is the best.