U.S. gold medalists at the Sochi Olympics
The United States racked up nine gold medals at the Sochi Olympics, the fourth highest total. The Americans finished second in the overall medal count with 28.
Here’s a brief look at each of the U.S. gold medalists.
Day 1: Sage Kotsenburg, men’s snowboard slopestyle
Kotsenburg opened the Games on a high note for the U.S., earning 93.5 points to top Norwegian Staale Sandbech and Canadian Mark McMorris. It was the first gold medal awarded at the Sochi Games, which included the event for the first time in Olympic history.
"I dropped in, no stress, just having fun and doing stuff I normally do. And it ended up working out," Kotsenburg said.
Embedded video_content_type: Sage Kotsenburg's gold medal run in slopestyle
Day 2: Jamie Anderson, women’s snowboard slopestyle
Anderson led the U.S. to a sweep of the snowboard slopestyle event on the second day of competition. The judges awarded her 95.25 points ahead of Enni Rukajarvi (Finland) and Jenny Jones (Great Britain).
"I think most of us have been thinking about this for a few years," Anderson said. "To just have that moment come so quick and really knowing this is your moment, you just want to shine and do your best and show the world what a fun sport snowboarding is."
Embedded video_content_type: Jamie Anderson's golden run in snowboarding slopestyle
Day 5: Kaitlyn Farrington, women’s snowboard halfpipe
Farrington, whose nickname is “Cowgirl” because she grew up on a cattle farm, topped Vancouver gold medalist Torah Bright (Australia) and fellow American Kelly Clark, who previously had one gold and one bronze medal in the event.
"I don't think I knew I was going to come here and get a gold medal. I still don't really believe it," Farrington said.
Embedded video_content_type: ‘It’s a gold’ for Kaitlyn Farrington
Day 6: Joss Christensen, men’s freeski slopestyle
Christensen led an American sweep of the podium, as Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper joined him as medal winners in the event that made its Olympic debut in Sochi. Christensen scored enough points in his first run that his second run became a victory ride down the mountain.
"I am shocked. I am stoked to be up here with my friends. America, we did it!" Christensen said.
Embedded video_content_type: USA’s Joss Christensen takes gold in slopestyle skiing
Day 10: Meryl Davis and Charlie White, ice dancing
The American ice dancers finished second to their training partners Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir at the 2010 Olympics, but the results were reversed in Sochi. Their world record score landed them the title.
"We wanted to fight for the best performance we could give and we did that. You dream of this for so long, work so hard, and they worked hard, too," White said, referring to Virtue and Moir.
Embedded video_content_type: Davis/White claim gold with spectacular ice dance
Day 11: David Wise, men’s freeski halfpipe
In another sport that made its debut in Sochi, Wise found himself atop the podium after piling up 92 points on his first run. He fell in his second trip down the pipe but his earlier point total was enough for the victory.
"You represent everyone who believed in you along the way — teachers, trainers, coaches, sponsors," he said. "Everyone who thought you had a chance of being great at something is in that halfpipe with you."
Embedded video_content_type: David Wise goes with a ‘smart’ run that leads him to halfpipe gold
Day 12: Ted Ligety, men's giant slalom
Ligety made history on two fronts: He's the first American man to win the event, and also the first American man to win two Alpine gold medals at the Olympics. He built a significant lead after the first run and held onto it during his second trip down the mountain, despite a torn-up course.
"To be able to throw it down in the event I had the most pressure in, and the event I was the favorite in — to be able to do that is awesome," Ligety said. "This was really the event that I wanted to win. ... I know where I stand in giant slalom."
Embedded video_content_type: Ted Ligety as good as gold in giant slalom
Day 13: Maddie Bowman, women's freeski halfpipe
Bowman won the inaugural freeski halfpipe competition, besting athletes from France and Japan. It was also an emotional night, as Sarah Burke - the Canadian freeskier who played an integral role in getting the sport into the Olympics - was honored in the wake of her death in 2012.
"Sarah has inspired us on snow or off snow," Bowman said. "I think she would have been very proud of how all the girls rode tonight. ... I hope I and all the other girls made her proud. We wouldn't have been here without her."
Embedded video_content_type: Maddie Bowman secures skiing halfpipe gold
Day 14: Mikaela Shiffrin, women's slalom
The 18-year-old Shiffrin entered the Olympics as the favorite to win her signature event, and she delivered with a half-second victory despite a near-fall in the second run. Shiffrin is the youngest Olympic champion in the history of the slalom.
“You can visualize this in your head. And you can mentally prepare. And you can make the moment happen. And create your miracle," Shiffrin said. "But when it does happen, it’s hard to put into words how incredible that is.”
Embedded video_content_type: Mikaela Shiffrin wins slalom gold
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