U.S Locks Down 100th Gold Medal Behind Shaun White’s Incredible Performance
Shaun White got redemption in PyeongChang has he an incredible run in the snowboard halfpipe Tuesday. What was more incredible was that his third goal medal earned the U.S their 100th Gold in the Winter Olympics.
The first U.S Gold Medal came way back in 1924 when Charles Jewtraw won the 500-meter long track speedskating event in France, and then back in 1994, Dan Jansen won the 1,000-meter long track speedskating event in Norway.
That is a 70-year gap between Gold Medal 1 and Gold Medal 50. Within the next 24 years, the Americans brought home another 50 medals.
Seth Wescott, snowboardcross, snowboarding, event back in 2006 for the U.S. 75th Gold Medal, and then Shaun White gave us number 100, second most all time.
Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden both brought FIVE golds back to the U.S in speed skating, which make sense because the U.S has dominated the event, winning 29 golds, the most of any event for the U.S.
Minnesota has always had their hand in the winter Olympics, Of the 48 gold medals won by Minnesotans, 22 were for hockey. Now that 48 is totaled by individuals who have been apart of teams, which only contributes to one gold medal to the U.S Medal count.
Look for the U.S to continue their success at the Olympics in South Korea.