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Norway’s Simen Krueger Wins Gold Despite Breaking Pole and Crashing

Krueger shows us that it’s not about how you start, but how you finish.

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Olympic athletes are considered to be the elite in their sport, and their precise, calculated movements make you think that they are just about perfect. During the men’s 30 kilometer skiathlon in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Norway’s Simen Hegstad Krueger reminded us that Olympic athletes are human and make mistakes too during a devastating crash at the opening gate.

During the first 200 meters of the race, the 68 participants started in rows. Krueger slips, breaks a pole, and causes two other athletes, Russia’s Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov, to stumble and fall on top of him. Krueger immediately fell into last place.

“I was completely last in the group,” Krueger said in a statement. “So I had to start the race again and switch focus to catch up with the guys. When I did it, I was (saying to myself), ‘OK, take one lap, two laps, three laps and just get into it again.’ ”

Despite the horrific start, Krueger persisted, crawling up the ranks as the race went on. Krueger eventually passed the 67 other skiers and held a 22 second lead at one point.

Simen Krueger takes the lead during skiathlon

Norwegian Olympic athlete Simen Krueger takes the lead during 30km skiathlon. (Image: NBC)

“It is an indescribable feeling,” Krueger said about winning the gold medal. “It is an amazing day, but it started in the worst way with the fall after the first 100 meters and a broken pole. I was thinking this is over.”

This is Krueger’s first gold medal in his first Winter Olympics, and it goes to show that it’s not about how you start, but how you finish.

Arianna is a student at Western Governors University. She has written for various websites, including Thought Catalog and The Odyssey Online. Arianna also runs her own blog called Yoga With Mimosas in which she combines her passion for fitness and writing in hopes of inspiring, encouraging, and empowering others through her work. You can contact her at arianna@yogawithmimosas.com.

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UPDATE: Five College Students Are Gold Medalists After Epic Victory Over Canada

Everything you need to know about the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey gold medal game against Canada.

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Updated: 8.30am, Feb. 22: 

The U.S. Women’s ice hockey team finally overcame their arch-rivals in a thrilling gold medal game late last night, beating the three-time Olympic champs Canada 3-2 in a nerve wracking shootout.

Goalie Maddie Rooney — who attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth (see below) — clinched the gold with a save on the game’s final play, her stop coming shortly after Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson made an incredible move, slipping her penalty shot past the Canadian keeper.

Canada had won gold at the past four Winter Olympic games, beating the U.S. in three of those finals.

ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski wrote:

The game not only met the high standards of the biggest feud in women’s hockey history, but surpassed them. It was a fast, thrilling, tense and often brutal contest, whose dramatic conclusion cemented it as an instant classic.


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The U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team has made their way to the gold medal game against arch-rivals Canada and there are five current college students on the team. Here’s what you need to know:

GANGNEUG, REPUBLIC OF KOREA – FEBRUARY 7: Team USA – PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

When: The gold-medal game between the U.S. and Canada is tonight at 11:10pm ET, 8.10pm PT.

Where: The game will be broadcast live on NBCSN and will be streaming for free on NBC’s Olympic Streaming Channel.

Why you should care: It’s going to be epic. This will be the fifth time the longtime rivals will meet for gold in six Olympic tournaments. Canada won the past three finals and the U.S. took gold in 1998. The teams have already played once in Pyeongchang, meeting in the preliminary round. Canada took that game, 2-1.

Who: Six current college students will be at least Silver medalists tonight.

  • Cayla Barnes, Boston College, defender, #2, class of 2022
  • Megan Keller, Boston College, defender, #5, class of 2019
  • Kali Flanagan, Boston College, defender #6, class of 2019
  • Kelly Pannek, University of Minnesota, forward, #12, class of 2018
  • Maddie Rooney, University of Minnesota-Duluth, goalie, #35, class of 2018

Previously: Here are the results of every Women’s Ice Hockey Olympic Gold Medal game:

People are getting stoked for the game:

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Red Gerard Wins Team USA’s First Gold in Winter Olympics 2018

17-year-old Red Gerard wins the first gold medal for Team USA.

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Redmond “Red” Gerard wins the first gold medal for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics 2018 at Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Gerard was the only American snowboarder to advance to the finals, bouncing back from a major ranking deficit after slipping during his second run. In his final run, Gerard was able to stick the switch 1260 he had failed to land in his two previous runs.  On the last jump, Gerard managed a clean and precise triple cork 1440 on the last jump, completing four rotations with a perfect landing.

Here is the run that took the gold.

Gerard is the sixth of seven children. In a family of nine, it is not always easy to get attention, but Red’s love for dirt bikes, bicycles, and snowboards helped him stand out. However, living in Cleveland did not allow for Gerard to do a lot of snowboarding. According to his personal website, it wasn’t until a trial move to Breckenridge in the winter of 2007-08 that seven-year-old Red was able to hone his skills on a snowboard.

At 17 years old, Red Gerard is the youngest U.S. snowboarder to ever win a medal and the second youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal. Gerard has been snowboarding since he was two years old, and he even has his own trick park at this house.

Gerard’s other career highlights include champion of the 2017 FIS World Cup Slopestyle and 2017 U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Slopestyle Winner.

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Highlights From The 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

“Gangnam Style”, the shirtless Tongan flagbearer, and more.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics officially began Friday night in Pyeongchang, South Korea with the opening ceremony. This year’s Winter Olympics is the biggest in history, with 92 countries and over 2,900 athletes competing. Last night’s opening ceremonies caused a buzz on social media, with some interesting occurrences happening during the ceremonies. So here are some of the events that sparked the greatest interest.

Vice President Mike Pence Sat Near Kim Jong Un’s Sister

Pence and Kim Yo Jong were seated in close proximity to each other during the opening ceremonies. Pence was aware of his seating placement, and his aide said that he didn’t have any concerns regarding the seating arrangements. Kim Yo Jong’s appearance at the event is historical in itself, as she is the first member of the ruling dynasty of North Korea to visit South Korea since 1953. In other Pence headlines, he also didn’t stand for the Korean Olympic delegation during the ceremony.

Tongan Flagbearer Pita Taufatofua Went Shirtless- Again

After being eliminated in the first round of taekwondo during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Taufatofua decided to pick up a new sport- cross-country skiing and ended up qualifying for this year’s Winter Olympics. He, of course, carried the flag for Tonga and became a hit on the internet once again.

Team USA Walked Out To “Gangnam Style”

A few Olympic Teams were lucky enough to be able to walk out to “Gangnam Style” being played in the stadium, and Team USA was one of them. Team USA had a lot of fun with it, as it’s been a popular song ever since it’s release in 2012. Team USA also has the largest contingent of athletes, with 242 competing in the Olympics.

The Winter Olympics are going on now until February 25th and can be watched on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network and the Olympic Channel.

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