The Olympic flame does not burn anymore. It was extinguished for the second time in about six months on Sunday, marking the official end of the 2022 Winter Olympics and the end of an unprecedented Olympic cycle. In keeping with the Olympic spirit, obstacles were overcome as athletes persevered to perform in the two-week global competition on the world's largest sports stage. Medals were won, tears were shed, stars were born and history was made.
That includes setting a new Winter Olympic record with 16 gold medals, led by biathlete Johannes Thingnes Boe, who won four golds and five overall. Figure skater Nathan Chen not only won his first gold medal, he did so in a fashionable manner.
Everything was needed as they went on to earn gold with just 0.63 points, avenging their 0.43 point loss in the 2018 Olympics. USA Chloe Kim became the first female to win two gold medals in the semi-finals. Dutch speed skater Irene Schouten broke not one but two records. He didn't win a medal, but his brother Ayumu won a gold medal as well.
The second record that the Swedish speed skater Nils van der Poel broke was his own. It is one of the shortest-lived world records in Olympic history. Erin Jackson of the United States became the first black woman to win a gold medal in speed skating after winning the 500m in 37.04 seconds. German speed skater Claudia Pechstein, 49 years old, became the oldest woman to compete at the Winter Olympics.
For Mexico, a country without an Olympic-sized ice rink, Carrillo provided an edge for his country as it was their first Olympic skater in three decades. Jessie Diggins won a bronze medal in the cross-country skiing individual sprint to claim the country's first medal in the event. Nearly 70,000 people inside the "closed circle" of the Olympics have undergone daily tests for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all parties involved.
From halfway around the world, US track and field athlete Leif Nordgren was introduced to her newborn daughter via FaceTime. “The next day he had another chance, along with Lindsey Jacobellis, to win a gold medal in the team ski pass, leaving him in tears of joy. The 37-year-old failed to win her first medal as she finished sixth, but she has put the final possible points of her Olympic career to pride. Mikaela Shiffrin has received warm support after her struggles at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Source: NBC Boston