After a dramatic and eventful Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, we take a look at some of the moments to remember…
Although the British medal count may be modest when compared to Norway, Germany, the US and Canada, this was still an impressive record-breaking year for Team GB, seeing them top their previous best successes at Sochi 2014 and Chamonix in 1924. The UK take home 5 medals after Billy Morgan proved an unlikely hero, earning a snowboarding Bronze and realising British ambitions – the former builder’s charisma and charm made him a joy to watch and support.
Ledecka dubbed ‘queen of the Games’
Ester Ledecka became the first athlete to win a gold medal in two different sports at the same Winter Olympics since Johan Grottumsbraten in 1928. The 22-year old Czech first won a gold in alpine skiing and followed up this success with a gold in the snowboarding parallel giant slalom. It was pointed out to her that she was the only person to win two gold medals in two different sports, to which she casually shrugged and said ‘whatever’.
Chloe Kim: snowboarding sensation
17-year old US Chloe Kim achieved worldwide stardom this year by become the youngest snowboarder to win an Olympic gold. Reports say that her limited-edition Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box sold out in a mere seven hours after the win. What a start to what looks to be a promising career.
Marit Bjoergen: Norway’s skiing golden girl
Bjoergen, who turns 38 in March, won the final gold of the 2018 PyeongChang Games competing in the women’s cross-country 30-kilometer mass start on Sunday. She is now the second most successful woman at either the Summer or Winter Games, after Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who has 18 medals. Bjoergen also became the most successful Winter Olympian of all time earlier in the Games when she finished third in the team sprint free.
Gus Kenworthy’s kiss
A moment that will no doubt be remembered for years to come: Gus Kenworthy kissing his boyfriend just before his freestyle ski event was symbolic and historic. This year’s Games included the most openly LGBTQ athletes, with a total of 15 including Ireen Wust, who became the most successful Olympic speed skater ever with 11 medals.