Wrapping Up the 2022 Winter Olympics

Two weeks of strong competition and sweat have passed. The Olympics are finally over. It brought a lot of heart and fun for those who are enjoying the competition in the Olympics. At the same time, the Olympics also brought political fights that later simmered down. The closing ceremony was held at the National Stadium in Beijing, China. The children entered with snowflake lanterns to reminisce about the traditional celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Elana Meyers Taylor, Team USA’s bobsledder, was the flag holder for the closing ceremony, representing Team USA. The floor was lit up in blue. When the Greek flag was raised, their national anthem was performed to honor the first Olympics that was hosted in their country.

Team USA has won a total of 24 medals in the Winter Olympics. The winners include:

Jaelin Kauf (Alta, WY): Silver, women’s moguls

Julia Marino (Yonkers, NY): Silver, women’s snowboarding slopestyle

Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zachary Donahue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierm, Vincent Zhou (Various): Silver, figure skating team event

Ryan Cochran-Siegle (Berlington, VT): Silver, men’s super-G

Jessie Diggins (Saint Paul, MN): Bronze, women’s sprint cross country skiing

Lindsey Jacobellis (Danbury, CT): Gold, women’s snowboard cross

Colby Stevenson (Portsmouth, NH): Silver, men’s big air

Nathan Chen (Salt Lake City, UT): Gold, men’s singles figure skating

Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis, Justin Schoenefeld (Various): Gold, mixed team aerials skiing

Chloe Kim (Long Beach, CA): Gold, women’s snowboarding halfpipe

Nick Baumgartner, Lindsey Jacobellis (Various): Gold, mixed team snowboard cross

Erin Jackson (Ocala, FL): Gold, women’s 500m speed skating

Kallie Humphries (Calgary, Canada): Gold, women’s monobob bobsled

Elana Meyers Taylor (Oceanside, CA): Silver, women’s monobob bobsled

Zachary Donohue, Madison Hubbell (Various): Bronze, Ice dance

Megan Nick (Shelburne, VT): Bronze, women’s aerials skiing

Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia (Various): Bronze, men’s speed skating team pursuit

Alex Hall (Fairbanks, AK): Gold, men’s slopestyle skiing

Nick Goepper (Fort Wayne, IN): Silver, men’s slopestyle skiing

Team USA women’s hockey (Various): Silver, ice hockey

Brittany Bowe (Ocala, FL): Bronze, women’s 1,000m speed skating

David Wise (Reno, NV): Silver, men’s skiing halfpipe

Sylvia Hoffman, Elana Meyers Taylor (Various): Bronze, two-woman bobsled

Alex Ferreira (Aspen, CO): Bronze, men’s skiing halfpipe

On the floor, the green brings the new blossoming spring time to correlate with the Lunar New Year. The ethnic groups of China came together to sing their national anthem. While the ceremony was a pleasant watch, it also brings in a sense of hope in the communities that suffered most during the pandemic. The performance of the athletes touches people’s hearts to remind people to never give up on their dreams like the athletes have done in the Olympics, and that a better tomorrow will arrive.

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