U.S. Servicemembers Impress but Fail to Medal at Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics have come to an end, and they weren’t without their fair share of memorable moments for the United States. From the Women’s hockey team’s thrilling gold medal victory over Canada, to the epic gold medal run by the men’s curling team, along with a number some great snowboarding performances, the U.S. did not disappoint over in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Some of the most impressive athletes on the U.S. team don’t just represent our country in competition. They also represent the stars and stripes as U.S. servicemembers. Although no soldier Olympians medaled at the 2018 Winter Olympics, they were far from lackluster.
The luge events were full of U.S. servicemembers. In the men’s single luge, Sgt. Taylor Morris finished 18th out of 40th with a final time of 3:12.547. The United States’ Chris Mazdzer took home the Silver medal in that event. In Men’s double luge, Sgt. Matt Mortensen teamed up with Jayson Terdiman and finished 10th overall. Fellow servicemember, Sgt. Emily Sweeney, was unfortunately injured during her run and was unable to finish in the women’s single luge.
Our military was also well represented in the bobsleigh events. In two-man bobsleigh, two U.S. teams boasted Military teammembers. Sgt. Justin Olsen and Evan Weinstock finished 14th for the U.S, while Sgt. Nick Cunningham and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finished 21st. In the four-man bobsleigh event, the team of Cpt. Chris Fogt, Sgt. Olsen, and Nathan Weber finished 20th overall. Carlo Valdes rounded out their four-man team. Sgt. Cunningham was the only servicemember on the U.S. team that finished 19th.
All in all, the United States finished the 2018 Winter Olympics with 23 total medals: 9 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze. Only Norway (39), Germany (31) and Canada (29) finished with more medals than the U.S.
The Winter Olympics won’t be back until 2022, when they’ll compete in Beijing. But you only have to wait two more years to get you Summer Olympics fix. Opening ceremonies will take place in Tokyo for the 2020 games.