Colorado athletes dominate the 2018 Olympic games


Olympic skier competing in the 2018 Winter Olympic games.

Macee Trottner, Ranger Review Reporter

The 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9 to February 25, 2018. This years Olympics will have 242 Team USA athletes and 35 of those athletes are coming from Colorado. Colorado has the most athletes being represented in the Olympics this year compared to all other states.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado has the most represented athletes from all Colorado cities with six athletes competing. Other than Colorado, California will be sending 22 athletes, Minnesota with 19, New York with 18, and Utah with 16 athletes. 31 out of the 50 states will be sending competitors the games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Mikaela Shiffrin is a 22-year-old slalom skier from Vail, Colorado. She is the first skier to successfully defend an Olympic gold in the slalom event. In this years Olympic games, Shiffrin was fourth after the opening run and could not make up enough time to earn a second straight medal.

“Right now, I’m more disappointed with how I felt on my skis today than being in fourth,” Shiffrin told NPR. “And that’s maybe the one saving grace about today for me, is that I’m not lying when I tell you: It’s not about the medals, it’s not about winning races, but it’s about how I feel on my skis.”

Another Colorado native from Silverthorne, Red Gerard, is a first time Olympian at 17 years old, 5-foot-5, and 116 pounds. He is representing the U.S. in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle competition. Gerard competed on Sunday, February 11, winning the first gold medal for America.

“It was awesome. I just told myself that I want to land a run and I was a little bummed on my first two runs because I fell a couple of times,” Gerard said, in comments relayed by the Olympics’ news service. “I’m just so happy that it all worked out.”

A third athlete from Steamboat Springs, Colorado by the name of Arielle Gold competed in the women’s snowboard halfpipe competition on February 13. She went into the event with the pain and uncertainty of a dislocated shoulder and ended up taking home an Olympic bronze medal.

“I think putting down that second run definitely took some of the pressure off because I could focus on third run,” Gold told USA Today. “My second run felt great, and I knew third run all I had to do was let things go and put it all out there and that’s what I tried to do.”

The Olympic games will continue through the 25th of February. Many of the Coloradan athletes have not yet competed in their events, but will have the opportunity to try for the Olympic gold medals.  America has won 22 medals so far and Colorado has counted for 6 of those medals.