The PyeongChang Olympics has been a fruitful cocktail of political powerplays, wind delayed events and a much colder sequel to the oiled-up shirtless Tongan. We’ve seen crashes, spills, thrills and even a few genuine Olympic moments that may have brought a tear to your eye.
For Team USA, it’s been an Olympic explosion for curling and women’s hockey for the first time in a very lengthy amount of years. Not to mention the bittersweet swan song for Lindsey Vonn and an incredible welcoming party for youngsters, Nathan Chen, Chloe Kim and Red Gerard.
PyeongChang has provided many “wow” moments, a few “ugh” moments, and even a couple “yikes” moments here and there. Much like Clint Eastwood, the 2018 Winter Olympics could be classified as the good, the bad and the ugly.
THE GOOD Pita Taufatofua: Tongan flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga led the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. This is the second straight Olympic Games that he’s been the flag bearer. He competed in cross-country skiing in PyeongChang. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Virtue and Moir: Canada’s steamy ice-couple, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir performed flawlessly in the free dance routine en route to winning gold in the ice dance competition. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Lindsey Vonn: Bronze medallist Lindsey Vonn of the United States celebrates during the victory ceremony for the Ladies’ Downhill in PyeongChang. Lindsey put a feather in her cap by adding her second career bronze medal to go along with her Olympic gold medal in 2010. Vonn is the most decorated women’s skier in US history, winning two World Championships and 81 total World Cup first-place finishes (Getty Images) THE GOOD Jessie Diggins: The skier stretched across the finish line to win gold ahead of Stina Nilsson of Sweden (12-2) during the Cross Country Ladies’ Team Sprint Free Final. Diggins won the first ever cross country Olympic gold medal in Team USA history. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Red Gerard: Gold medalist in Mens’ Snowboard Slopestyle, Redmond Gerard became the youngest male gold medalist (17) for Team USA since Billy Fiske (16) in 1928. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Chloe Kim: Chloe won the women’s halfpipe by a landslide. She was the only athlete in competition to land two 1080’s in a row, living up to the high expectations on her young shoulders. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Adam Rippon: American Figure Skater Adam Rippon brought down the house with his Olympics debut performance during the team event. As NBC Olympics commentator and former skater Johnny Weir put it at the time, “He was absolutely spellbinding today… he had me quaking with emotion.” Rippon also had several terrific moments working with the NBC media and SNL cast member/NBC correspondent Leslie Jones. (Getty Images) THE GOOD The Shib-Sibs: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of Team USA won bronze in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free competition. The “Shib Sibs” managed to make the podium in an event in which romantic tension often pays off on the scoreboard, which they would not ever have. Their biggest achievement may not have even been winning the bronze medal in ice dancing, it was believing that they could. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Shaun White: The United States won its 100th gold medal at the Winter Olympics after snowboarder Shaun White’s clinched top honors in the halfpipe. White became the first snowboarder to win three Olympic gold medals and the first American man to win gold medals at three Winter Games. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Mikaela Shiffrin: Mikaela, scheduled to participate in five races, won a gold in giant slalom and a silver in combined. Considering how she was winning races left and right coming into the Olympics, winning five medals was a possibility. But high winds messed with her schedule and nerves messed with her ability to pile on the gold. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Winnie the Pooh: Winnie the Pooh bears were thrown for Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan after the Men’s Single Free Program. It became a thing. (Getty Images) THE GOOD German Madrazo: The Mexican skier held his country’s flag extra high as he crossed the finish line. Sebastian Uprimny of Colombia, Samir Azzimani of Morocco, Pita Taufatofua of Tonga and Kequyen Lam of Portugal cheered him on as he finished in last place in the Cross-Country Skiing Men’s 15km Free. (Getty Images,) THE GOOD Gus Kenworthy: Kenworthy, 26, first drew global attention for adopting a family of stray dogs after the Sochi Olympics four years ago. For the second consecutive Olympics, the American freeskier is going home with a pet. After touring a dog meat farm in South Korea on Friday, Kenworthy adopted a girl named “Beemo”. THE GOOD Matt Hamilton and his mustache: Curling icon, Matt Hamilton is not just a member of the first US curling team to win a gold medal. He’s also mustache brothers with Aaron Rodgers. (Getty images) THE GOOD Team USA women’s hockey: For the first time since 1998, the U.S. women’s hockey team won the gold medal after defeating Canada 3-2 in an epic shootout. (Getty images) THE GOOD Fake Kim Jong Un and Fake Trump: Impersonators of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un got kicked out of the Olympics on two separate occasions. (Getty Images) THE GOOD Fabian Bösch: Swiss skier Fabian Bösch went viral with the coolest way of riding an escalator ever invented. He wins. (instagram/buhsch) THE BAD Nathan Chen: Nicknamed the “quad king” for his historic ability to land a string of quadruple jumps in a single routine, he came into these Games as America’s likeliest shot at the podium in the men’s figure skating event. After falling twice in the short program, even his amazing 6 quads in a row during the long program couldn’t get him on the podium. (Getty Images) THE BAD Dog Meat Farms: Dogs look out from a cage at a dog farm during a rescue event, involving the closure of the farm organised by the Humane Society International (HSI) in Namyangju on the outskirts of Seoul. The tradition of consuming dog meat has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans. (Getty Images) THE BAD Elizabeth Marian: Elizabeth Marian Swaney of Hungary competed in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe. She completed zero tricks and was awarded the least score possible for anyone who finished the halfpipe. While some applauded her for working the system to be able to compete in the Olympics, many others were perplexed by what they saw. (Getty Images) THE BAD Dave Duncan: Canadian ski cross racer Dave Duncan was arrested on the second to last day of the PyeongChang Olympics for stealing a car. At least one other person was arrested with him as well. (Getty images) THE BAD Russian Doping: Bronze medalists Aleksandr Krushelnitckii and Anastasia Bryzgalova of Olympic Athletes from Russia were forced to give back their bronze medals after Aleksandr was busted for doping. He had purposefully taken meldonium, a potential performance-enhancing drug that has been prohibited for athlete use since 2016. (Getty Images) THE BAD Russian Doping: Russian bobsledder, Nadezhda Sergeeva tested positive for a banned substance after (hilariously) posing for this photo earlier in the Games. The substance that triggered Sergeeva’s positive result at the Olympics was trimetazdine, a medication used for angina sufferers. Sergeeva has denied taking the drug. (Instagram/RomanBibishev) THE BAD Jocelyne Larocque: Jocelyne Larocque (middle) of Canada refused to wear her silver medal after losing to the United States in the Women’s Gold Medal Game. She immediately took it off after it was presented around her neck by Olympic officials. The internet exploded. (Getty Images) THE BAD Dutch Skaters Injure People: Dutch Bronze medalists Koen Verweij, Patrick Roest, Sven Kramer and Jan Blokhuijsen of the Netherlands celebrated a little too hard at the Heineken House. Two fans were injured after the four Dutch speedskaters threw a giant mock medal into the crowd. Dutch media said one fan was treated on site, while another was taken to a nearby hospital. (Getty Images) THE BAD North Korean Cheerleaders: North Korean cheerleaders were in surplus at various events during the Olympics. During an American figure skating event, one of the young ladies accidentally clapped for the US skaters and was quickly told to stop. Even if the cheerleader army was created with good intentions, it was just too creepy. (Getty Images) THE BAD Wardrobe malfunctions: French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis suffered a wardrobe malfunction during a routine with Guillaume Cizeron at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. (Getty images) THE BAD Wardrobe Malfunctions: South Korean skater Yura Min almost ended up topless while dancing with Alexander Gamelin at the PyeongChang Games. (Getty images) THE BAD Norovirus: Fabian Boesch of Switzerland was one of the Olympic athletes who contracted the Norovirus. It was a constant topic of conversation in South Korea as there were over 200 confirmed cases. (Getty Images) THE UGLY Shirtless tutu-guy: A shirtless man clad in a tutu dances on the rink following the men’s 1,000m speed skating event medal ceremony. (Getty Images) THE UGLY The “Bullet Men” Statues: Adult Content! A trio of statues in front of the Main Press Centre look towards the Alpensia Ski Jump Center at the Main Press Centre at the 2018 PyeonChang Winter Olympics. (Getty Images) THE UGLY “Wave” Statue: A strange statue of a colourful wave with various sports sitting near the Olympic Stadium at the Winter Olympic Park. Maybe I don’t get art. (Getty Images)