Update 3: The final results are in, and Colorado finished with nine medals out of 23 collected by the U.S. team during the 2018 Winter games. Get all the details in our post "Colorado Wins More 2018 Winter Olympics Medals Than 77 Countries."
Update 2: Since our last update, on view below, the U.S. Olympic team has gone through and then broken through a medal drought. Counting the gold medal winning performance of the U.S. women's hockey team early on February 22 Mountain time, America has earned 22 medals total: nine gold, seven silver and six bronze. Of that total, Coloradans account for six: two for Mikaela Shiffrin and one apiece for Lindsey Vonn, Red Gerard, Arielle Gold and Alex Ferreira. In addition, Lauren Gibbs was part of the silver-medal-winning two-person women's bobsled duo and the aforementioned hockey squad includes a Colorado member, goalie Nicole Hensley — although she wasn't on the ice during the decisive shootout that resulted in the gold. We'll update the total at the conclusion of the games. Our previous coverage is below.
Update 1: Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin has won a gold medal in her first 2018 Winter Olympics event, the giant slalom, giving Colorado three medals through February 14 during the Pyeongchang, South Korea games. We'll continue to update Coloradans who medal in this space, then tally the state's total and compare it with the performances by the 93 nations (or variations thereof) taking part in the competition at the Olympics' conclusion. Continue for our previous coverage.
Original post: Last night, Arielle Gold, who we introduced you to in our post about Colorado women taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea, earned a bronze medal in snowboarding, sharing the podium with gold medalist/instant superstar Chloe Kim. She's the second Coloradan to medal in the games thus far, following Red Gerard, highlighted in our Colorado men at the 2018 Winter Olympics roundup, who took the gold in snowboard slopestyle. At this writing, if Colorado was a country, it would have won more medals than 81 of 93 countries, territories or entities taking part in the competition.
And the state would be tied with four others.
The current standings show Norway in front of the total medal count, with nine — two gold, four silver and three bronze. Tied for second are Germany, the Netherlands and Canada, with seven medals a piece; Germans have brought home four gold, one silver and two bronze medals, while the Netherlands' distribution is three gold, two silver and two bronze, and Canada's is two gold, four silver and one bronze. Next comes the United States, with six — one-third of which were contributed by Gerard and Gold.
Thus far, eighteen countries have medaled, counting what are officially being referred to as OAR: Olympic Athletes from Russia, whose team was banned from the competition because of doping violations. Of these, four (Austria, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Finland) have two medalists, while six others (the Republic of Korea, Australia, China, Slovakia, Italy and Kazakhstan) have one.
The latter group is part of the list below, along with 81 other countries that are currently being shut out — unlike Colorado. And with serious medal hopefuls such as Vail's Mikaela Shiffrin yet to compete, the Rocky Mountain state will have plenty of additional chances to leave more countries in the dust.
Continue to see the list of 81 nations looking up at Colorado right now, listed in alphabetical order. The roster is illustrated by videos of Gerard celebrating his win with Jimmy Kimmel and Gold discussing her performance on Today.
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