US Takes Home 25 Medals In Winter Olympics


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The opening ceremony for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing. Traditionally, the ceremony consists of a parade with all of the nations participating in the game and the lighting of the Olympic torch.

Sofia Bello, Staff Writer

8 Gold, 10 Silver, and 7 Bronze. 

The U.S. finished fourth in the final medal standing at the Beijing Winter Olympics, earning a total of 25 medals. 

A big win for the U.S. came from 22-year-old figure skater Nathan Chen. Chen became the first Asian American and the seventh American male to win gold at the men’s singles. “I just had a blast out there,” said Chen, who skated to Elton John’s “Rocket Man”. “I’m so happy; that program is so much fun to skate.”

Erin Jackson, who also won a gold, became the first Black woman to claim a medal in individual speed skating for Team USA.

Highlights for silver medalists were Ryan Cochran-Siegle and Nick Goepper. 50 years ago Barbra Cochran won a gold medal at the1972 slalom Olympics and now, in 2022, her son, Ryan wins a silver in the men’s super-G. “Happy, relieved, and proud,” is how Cochran-Siegle felt after receiving his medal. “But just really appreciating that I’m here and able to accomplish my childhood dream on a day like today.” 

Nick Geopper has won three of the nine medals for the U.S. since men’s slopestyle debuted in 2014. Geopper has won bronze at Sochi, a Silver at PyeongChang, and now silver this year for Beijing. “Earlier in my career, skiing was all I cared about and what I lived and breathed. Now I’ve got other things going on. I have a new roadmap for skiing,” said Geopper. “I’d definitely do this again in four years. I really wanted that gold this time. But I feel like it’s less about the gold now.”

Jessie Diggins, Madison Hubbell, and Zachary Donohue won bronze medals with outstanding performances. Diggins, now with her medal in the free sprint, became the first U.S. woman to win an individual cross-country medal.

Madison Hubble and Zachary Donohue have been partners for more than a decade. They have now won their first Olympic medals finishing in third place,  just ahead of their longtime rivals and training partners Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who came in fourth. “Not many people get to experience that moment, so it would be a shame to walk away without really appreciating it,” said Hubble.

All of Team USA Medalists for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

  • Jaelin Kauf: Silver, women’s moguls – February 6
  • Julia Marino: Silver, women’s snowboarding slopestyle – February 6
  • Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donahue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierm, Vincent Zhou: Silver, figure skating team event – February 7
  • Ryan Cochran-Siegle: Silver, men’s super-G – February 8
  • Jessie Diggins: Bronze, women’s sprint cross country skiing – February 8
  • Lindsey Jacobellis: Gold, women’s snowboard cross – February 9
  • Colby Stevenson: Silver, men’s big air – February 9
  • Nathan Chen: Gold, men’s singles figure skating – February 10
  • Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis, Justin Schoenefeld: Gold, mixed team aerials skiing – February 10
  • Chloe Kim: Gold, women’s snowboarding halfpipe – February 10
  • Nick Baumgartner, Lindsey Jacobellis: Gold, mixed team snowboard cross – February 12
  • Erin Jackson: Gold, women’s 500m speed skating – February 13
  • Kallie Humphries: Gold, women’s monobob bobsled – February 14
  • Elana Meyers Taylor: Silver, women’s monobob bobsled – February 14
  • Zachary Donohue, Madison Hubbell: Bronze, Ice dance – February 14
  • Megan Nick: Bronze, women’s aerials skiing – February 14
  • Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia: Bronze, men’s speed skating team pursuit – February 15
  • Alex Hall: Gold, men’s slopestyle skiing – February 16
  • Nick Goepper: Silver, men’s slopestyle skiing – February 16
  • Team USA women’s hockey: Silver, ice hockey – February 17
  • Brittany Bowe: Bronze, women’s 1,000m speed skating – February 17
  • David Wise: Silver, men’s skiing halfpipe – February 19
  • Sylvia Hoffman, Elana Meyers Taylor: Bronze, two-woman bobsled – February 19
  • Alex Ferreira: Bronze, men’s skiing halfpipe – February 19