March 14, 2018
The 2018 Paralympic Games
The time has come again! After the conclusion of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, have come the 2018 Paralympic games at the same site! The games are currently in progress and will come to an end March 18.
What sports are the USA competing in?
The good ole U. S. of A. will be repping in six different sports! What are those events you ask? Our country is participating in:
- Alpine skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Sled Hockey
How is the USA doing so far?
America is leading the overall medal count so far with 21 total medals, including 8 gold, 7 silver, and 6 bronze! They are followed by the Neutral Paralympic Athletes and Ukraine/Canada (17 and 16 total medals each respectively.)
The United States team has bolstered its medal count through a few of its top athletes. Who are they you ask?
- Kendall Gretsch
Gretsch has already won two gold medals at this years games across two different sports and came up just short of her third medal in the women’s 10km sitting biathlon.
- Andrew Kurka
Kurka has bagged 3 medals in men’s alpine skiing events including a gold and two silvers.
- Daniel Cnossen
Cnossen dominated the men’s biathlon with a gold medal in the men’s 7.5km sitting and a silver in the men’s 12.5km sitting. To add to that, he won another silver and bronze in short and long distance cross-country skiing events.
- Oksana Masters
Masters has seen every level of the podium, earning a gold in the women’s 1.1km sprint, sitting, a silver in the women’s 6km, sitting biathlon, followed with a bronze in the women’s 12km, sitting cross-country event.
Who else is making headlines?
- Brian Mckeever
The Canadian won his 12th paralympic cross-country skiing title, which is a record.
- Chinese wheelchair curling team
In surprising fashion, China rose all the way to the top of the standings with a perfect record after day 3 of the event. They eventually lost to Canada in the morning of day 4, but remain at the top of the standings.
- First time Gold Medalists
Alexandr Kolyadin gave Kazakhstan its first Paralympic Winter Games gold medal in the men’s 1.5km standing. Norwegian Jesper Pedersen won his country’s first gold medal at PyeongChang in the men’s giant slalom sitting. Fabrizio Casal won Italy’s first gold of the games in the men’s giant slalom vision impaired.
Don’t worry, it’s not over!
If this post piqued your paralympic games interest, there is still time to watch. Like we stated in the beginning of this post, the games end on Sunday the 18th. You still have all weekend to watch as their are plenty more medals to be won!
You can check out your viewing options here: https://www.nbcolympics.com/news/2018-winter-paralympics-live-stream-schedule.