Editor's note: Shortly after the publication of the following post, a reader informed us that we'd inadvertently overlooked one Colorado medalist: Kyle Mack of Silverthorne, who earned silver in the Big Air competition. We've corrected and updated the information below. Our apologies for the error.
In the first few days after the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we shared a post headlined "Colorado's Won More 2018 Winter Olympic Medals Than 81 Countries" to celebrate the achievements of the state's first two medalists, snowboarders Red Gerard and Arielle Gold. In the days that followed, plenty of other athletes from these parts competed in various disciplines, and while critics expressed disappointment with the performance of the U.S. Olympic team overall, Coloradans still managed to collect ten medals, more than 78 of the nations that took part.
The U.S. Olympics team finished fourth in the country count, with 23 medals: nine gold, eight silver, six bronze. That's the smallest medal haul in a Winter Olympics since 1998 — and without Colorado's contributions, it would have been much, much grimmer.
Coloradans will be bringing home medals in eight individual events: two for skier Mikaela Shiffrin and one apiece for Gerard, Gold, freestyle skier Alex Ferreira, alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, Big Air specialist Kyle Mack and figure skater Mirai Nagasu.
In addition, two Coloradans earned medals in multi-member events: Lauren Gibbs was part of the silver-medal-winning two-person women's bobsled duo and goalie Nicole Hensley was on the gold-medal-winning women's hockey squad.
Medal-wise, then, Colorado trailed only Norway (39 medals), Germany (31), Canada (29), the U.S., the Netherlands (20), South Korea (17), Olympic Athletes from Russia (17), Switzerland (15), France (15), Sweden (14), Austria (14) and Japan (13), and tied with Italy, which also notched ten.
As for the countries with fewer medals than Colorado, there are a lot of them. They're listed below in alphabetical order, with the roster interspersed by interview clips with victorious Colorado athletes.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE...
Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.