The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Norway currently leads the medal count with 11, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Canada and the United States.
Chloe Kim Makes History
Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal on Tuesday morning at 17 years old.. Kim, who is of Korean background, scored 93.75 on her first run to secure first place. On her third run Kim did her signature back-to-back 1080 degree spins on her second and third jumps, scoring her a 98.25.
American Arielle Gold scored 85.75 to earn her the bronze.
White’s Looking For Gold
It’s been four years since American snowboarding icon Shaun White’s disappointing 4th place finish in Sochi. On Tuesday’s men’s halfpipe qualifying, White, 31, proved to be out for redemption. His first run at Phoenix Snow Park earned him a 93.25. But it was his second scored him a whopping 98.50, reminding spectators of the fiercely competitive White they seen at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.
Jocelyne-Lamoureux Davidson Sets Olympic Record in Showdown Against Russia
American hockey player Jocelyne-Lamoureux Davidson, 28, set the Olympic record for fastest consecutive goals by a man or woman with two goals only six seconds apart in Tuesday’s 5-0 match against Russia. The women’s record was previously held by Canadian Caroline Oullette with 16 seconds apart and Swedish Carl Goran Oberg with 8 seconds apart.
Florida in South Korea
Several Winter Olympians are representing Florida well in PyeongChang. Speedskater Brittany Bowe, 29, of Ocala, Florida took 5th place in the 1,500 meter on Monday night, getting her closer to an Olympic medal than any Team USA long-track speedskater in eight years. Speedskater Erin Jackson is also from Ocala, Florida and studied materials engineering at the University of Florida. Jackson, 25, is the first black woman on the US Olympic long-track speed skating team.
And if the pressure of the competing in the Olympics wasn’t enough, 199 cases of novovirus have been reported. The 2018 Winter Games continue in PyeongChang until February 25.