The 2018 Paralympic Games from PyeongChang were filled with exciting moments, many of which were delivered by athletes representing Team USA. In total, athletes from the United States brought home 36 medals, 13 of which were gold. The United States jumped out to an early lead, and finished 12 medals ahead of second place “Neutral Paralympics Athletes”, which was made up of qualifying athletes from Russia.
One of the first events on the schedule was Alpine Skiing, which helped propel the US team to an early lead. Andrew Kurka won two medals, a gold in Men’s Downhill Sitting and a silver at the Super-G event. Tyler Walker added a silver medal in Slalom, and Laurie Stephens brought home the bronze in the Women’s Downhill.
A few days later the Biathalon Events kicked off, which is where Team USA really started to get going. Oksana Masters continued her rise to fame by snagging gold in both the 6 and 12.5km races. She also won two golds and a bronze medal in Cross Country Skiing. Daniel Cnossen topped the medal count winning a total of six medals in skiing events!
The United States continued their success in snowboarding taking a total of 13 medals, five of which were gold. In the final match of the weekend, the US shined again, defeating Canada in Hockey to win the last gold medal of the games. Following the match, the Paralympic Games concluded with a beautiful closing ceremony where Team USA was honored for winning the most medals.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who represented the United States. We are already looking forward to the 2020 Sumer Paralympic Games from Tokyo!
To watch highlights from the 2018 Paralympic Games, visit https://www.paralympic.org/pyeongchang-2018/highlights