Some of them might not be old enough to vote, but that’s not stopping them from bringing home golds
By Ea Francisco | Lead photo from Instagram
Teenagers definitely took control of the PyeongChang Olympics. There may be more dangerous sports in the Winter Olympics and yet, the younger generation of athletes are getting out there like it’s no one’s business. Older people might call it reckless behavior, but we call it risk-taking. There’s no doubt that this attitude is what’s got them winning medals and breaking records.
To start off the first US gold in PyeongChang, there’s 17-year-old snowboarder Redmond Gerard who got his first gold in the slopestyle event. You’d think, for his first Olympics, that the morning before his event would go more smoothly but just like the rest of us, he ended up oversleeping. Of course, what else could keep a person up so late before a big competition than Netflix? Gerard was apparently binge watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine before his event (I mean, who wouldn’t), but that didn’t stop him from getting a score of 87.17 on his third run.
Ever wondered what goes on in an Olympian’s head just before their competition? Well for 17-year-old snowboarder Chloe Kim, it was ice cream. She was literally tweeting about her craving in the middle of the women’s halfpipe qualifications. Though, I’m pretty sure she’s not going to have a hard time getting it after winning her first Olympic gold.
Could be down for some ice cream rn
— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 12, 2018
I hate crying but I'll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold pic.twitter.com/vxApf1lxbI
— Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 13, 2018
He may not have landed medals this year but this 18-year-old’s performance is one for the books. Before Chen actually did it last year, nobody thought it was actually possible to do a quintuple quad outside of Yuri!!! On Ice. So what does the nicknamed ‘Quad King’ do? He makes history by doing six (with five of them being clean).
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These past two weeks have been the biggest emotional rollercoaster of my life. I began this competition with the two worst short programs of my competitive career. I couldn't believe what happened, and my confidence completely dissipated. If not for the hundreds of messages of support from all of you I never would've been able to bounce back and lay down the long I did here. Truly thank you all so much for the support and love. #WeGetUp
I don’t know what it is with the US team and their teenage athletes, but a lot of them are breaking Olympic history. The 17-year-old figure skater Vincent Zhou made his Olympic debut with an impressive quadruple lutz, the first of its kind in this competition. This jump is considered one of the most graceful and one of the hardest ones to perfect.
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These are memories that I will think back on many decades later and smile an old, withered smile complete with knowledge that I made the most of my life, especially as a 17 year old Olympian. I placed 6th among the best skaters in the history of this sport and I am so very proud to do so representing the USA. My place is here and my time is now.
The European side has their own share of amazing teenagers, too. Though born in America, Isabel “Izzy” Atkins is a 19-year-old freestyle skier competing under Great Britain. It was a lucky break for Britain, too, because Atkins won them their first medal in skiing. She got bronze in the women’s slopestyle event with a score of 84.60 points.
— GREAT Britain (@GREATBritain) February 17, 2018
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