Coloradans Have Strong Showing at Olympics

Zoey Terry, Staff Writer

After four years of waiting, the Winter Olympics finally arrived and all the winter geeks are pumped and ready for action – from figure skating, to down hill skiing, to bobsledding and so much more.

 People from all over the United States are competing in the Olympics, but the ones we are most excited about are the 36 Colorado competitors. Colorado is home to three Olympic halfpipe skiers, two slopestyle and big air snowboarders, three Nordic combined skiers, three slalom skiers, three Super-G skiers, three snowboard cross racers, three hockey players, three moguls skiers, and two halfpipe snowboarders. From well;known athletes like Lindsey Vonn to athletes we didn’t even know until the games started, like Red Gerard, are all coming together to represent their country.

Four time Olympian and three time Olympic medalist, Lindsey Vonn has finished her last year at the winter Olympics and leaves Pyeongchang with a bronze metal in the downhill. “I’m going to miss the Olympics and that’s one of the reasons why it was so emotional for me,” Vonn said in an interview with USA Today. “I love racing, love being in the starting gate with so much pressure that you feel suffocated. Then you throw yourself down the mountain.” Although she didn’t leave with a gold metal as she hoped, she still left with her heart filled with love and Olympic memories.

 In his first year at the Winter Olympics, from Silverthorne Colorado, 17;year;old Red Gerard won his first ever Gold Medal-after having a mess of a morning and losing his jacket- in his third run of the snowboard slopestyle, as well as the U.S.’s first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Games of 2018. He’s now known from places all over the world and has already starred on Jimmy Kimmel.

Although it may be Vonn’s last years competing in the Olympics, there are still  outstanding Colorado athletes like Mikaela Shiffrin or newcomers like Red Gerard to keep that legacy going at future Winter Olympics.