The 2018 Winter Olympics games, taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, kicks off in February. From the mascots to who's competing, here's a look as some facts about the historic sporting event.
From the only triple axel landed by a female American skater at the Olympics to the USA's first men’s single medal in luge at the Games, U.S. athletes are making history in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Athletes from 92 nations are fiercely competing for a chance to stand on those coveted Olympic podiums in Pyeongchang, South Korea. There are 15 different sporting activities and a total of 102 events.
Team USA already has 12 Olympic medals. Here’s a look at the winning Olympians.
Jamie Anderson, women's snowboard slopestyle
Jamie Anderson won her second Olympic gold medal during the women's snowboard slopestyle event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
Team USA’s Jamie Anderson took home the gold in the 2018 Winter Games after she performed in less-than-perfect weather conditions.
"I was trying to keep the spirits high, like, 'Let's run it,'" the 27-year-old athlete said, according to the Associated Press. "A handful of the girls were like, 'No, it's not safe,' and things like that. It's not like what we're doing is safe, anyhow."
Red Gerard, men's snowboard slopestyle
Red Gerard, of the United States, smiles after winning gold in the men's slopestyle final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
The conditions for the men’s snowboard slopestyle were less than ideal, but 17-year-old Red Gerard made it through the swirling winds to capture the United States’ first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics.
Gerard reportedly overslept before his event because he stayed up too late watching Netflix and had to borrow his roommate’s jacket when he couldn’t find his own. Still, Gerard, the underdog, overcame the odds and made it to the top of the podium with a score of 87.16.
Chloe Kim, women's snowboard halfpipe
Chloe Kim of the U.S. celebrates after she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal. (Reuters/Jorge Silva)
At 17, Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal during the Winter Games. Kim dominated two amazing runs on the women’s snowboard halfpipe, earning her the first place spot on the medal podium.
Kim’s Olympic dreams were realized with a special family member cheering her on in person – her South Korean grandmother. Kim’s parents emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, making her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang all the more special.
Mikaela Shiffrin, women's giant slalom
Mikaela Shiffrin celebrates her gold medal after placing first in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Mikaela Shiffrin trailed the competition after her first ride down the slope but powered through her final run to take the top time and win the women's giant slalom, her second career Olympic gold medal.
The 22-year-old won her first gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the women’s slalom.
Shaun White, men’s snowboard halfpipe
Gold medallst Shaun White of the U.S. on the podium. (Reuters/Eric Gaillard)
Winning his third Olympic gold medal, snowboarder Shaun White made history in the 2018 Games as he scored America’s 100th Winter Games gold medal.
“The Flying Tomato” is the first American male to win gold in three different Winter Games as well; he won his previous two medals in Turin in 2006 and Vancouver in 2010.
White, 31, had a near perfect score of 97.75 on his final run on the halfpipe. He started off strong on his first run, but fell on his second of three attempts.
Nick Goepper, men's freestyle skiing slopestyle
Nick Goepper took silver in the men's freestyle skiing slopestyle event. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Nick Goepper added a silver medal to the bronze he won four years ago in Sochi. Goepper, now 23, fought depression and went to rehab in the wake of those Games, USA Today reported.
"I came to this Olympics wanting a different color, wanting the gold, but coming away with the silver is so thrilling,” he said while speaking to ABC News. "I couldn't be more stoked."
Norwegian skiier Oystein Braaten and Canadian skiier Alex Beaulieu-Marchand won the gold and bronze medals, respectively.
John-Henry Krueger, men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating
John-Henry Krueger took silver in the men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating event. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
John-Henry Krueger, 22, took silver in the men’s 1,000-meter short-track speedskating event. His win marks the first U.S. speedskating medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Krueger finished second behind Canada's Samuel Girard.
"There were so many thoughts rushing through my head," Krueger said after medaling.
Krueger's win comes four years after he was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Olympic trials because he came down with swine flu.
Chris Mazdzer, men's luge
Olympian Chris Mazdzer made history for Team USA with his second place finish in the men's luge event. (Reuters/Edgar Su)
Mazdzer competed in both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, placing outside of the top 10.
Americans have been second in doubles luge twice.
Arielle Gold, women's snowboard halfpipe
Despite a dislocated shoulder, snowboarder Arielle Gold came in third place in the women's halfpipe snowboard competition in the Winter Games. (Reuters/Jorge Silva)
Despite a dislocated shoulder, Arielle Gold earned the bronze medal for the United States in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition – joining her teammate Chloe Kim on the podium.
Gold, 21, similarly injured her shoulder ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, causing her to miss the Sochi games.
Maia and Alex Shibutani, ice dance figure skating
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won the bronze medal in the free dance figure skating competition. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani, affectionately known as the Shib Sibs, took home the bronze medal after a near-flawless ice dance free skate, racking up 192.59 points. Canada finished with gold and France with silver.
The Shibutanis squeaked out the bronze finish over teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohuse by just five points.
Brita Sigourney, women's freestyle skiing halfpipe
Brita Sigourney celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the women's halfpipe final. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Brita Sigourney entered the Olympics as one of the top-ranked women skiers and was able to edge out teammate Annalisa Drew for the bronze medal in the freestyle halfpipe.
Canada's Cassie Sharpe won the gold, and France's Marie Martinod won the silver.
Team USA, figure skating team event
Mirai Nagasu of the United States celebrates after her performance in the women’s free skate during the team competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She became the first American woman to land the triple axel in the Olympics. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
The United States’ figure skating team won the bronze medal – thanks in part to flawless performances from Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu.
Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics. Rippon landed both of his triple axels.
Siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani also propelled Team USA to the podium with their free dance.
Last night was a dream that became a reality. @MaiaShibutani and I have worked so hard for this! Proud to be the first ice dance team of Asian descent to win a medal at the @olympics. (THREAD) pic.twitter.com/XPcjE3sX18— Alex Shibutani (@AlexShibutani) February 13, 2018
Fox News' Nicole Darrah, Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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