The athletes donning stars and stripes ended the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics with 23 total medals, including nine gold. The country’s strong showing put Team USA in the No. 4 spot overall for the most medals at the games.
With seven wins in the snowboarding events — four golds, two silver and one bronze — the U.S. athletes had a lot of hype around them coming into the 2022 competition.
“To be going at my fifth time here is pretty spectacular,” White, 35, told the Today show hosts after the February 4 opening ceremonies. “It’s tough to say goodbye. I’ve had an amazing run. I’m so thankful for everything I’ve achieved and I’m ready to pass the torch to the next generation.”
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to win a national title, to win a world title, to win an Olympic title,” Chen, 22, said in January 2021 via USA Today. “Easier said than done. I thought that I had a chance in 2018 and that didn’t happen and I’m able to live with that.”
The Yale University student revealed he would “love to be able to win the next Olympics,” but wasn’t putting too much pressure on taking home a medal.
“If that doesn’t happen, it’s not like my legacy or who I am is ultimately diminished. I’m still happy with everything that I’ve done,” he added. “I’m proud of everything that I’ve already accomplished in skating.”
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