USA has poor showing at Olympics

For 16 days, PyeongChang was paved with Olympic gold.

American snowboarders Chloe Kim, Red Gerard and Shaun White owned the slopes. The U.S. women’s ice hockey team edged out the rival Canadians in a thrilling shootout, claiming the top of the event podium for the first Winter Games in 20 years. And the U.S. men’s curling team shocked by winning their first-ever gold as Ivanka Trump, the head of the U.S. delegation for the closing ceremony, cheered them on.

Host country South Korea also scored bragging rights: Yun Sung-bin — nicknamed the “Iron Man” — seized skeleton gold with a superhuman finish, and the bespectacled, stone-faced members of the women’s curling team — collectively called the “Garlic Girls” — won silver, cementing their newfound status as internet sensations.

After the 23rd Olympic Winter Games draws to an end Sunday night (6 a.m. ET Sunday) with a closing ceremony that will shower this fir-filled mountain resort in fireworks, futuristic wonder and the peppy sounds of K-pop, organizers of the sports extravaganza can breathe a sigh of relief that, for the most part, it went off without any major hitches. NBC

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