SNL’s Leslie Jones has become must-follow material on Twitter during the Olympics. She paints a unique picture of the Olympic events that there simply is no substitute for. Below we’ve thrown together the best-of moments via Leslie’s twitter account.
The PyeongChang Olympics have come to an end, cue the sappy wrap-it-up music and let’s wander off into the South Korean sunset, er, uh, the sunrise, this 15 hour time difference is killing me.All the medals have been handed out, all the tears have been wiped away, now it’s time to check the damage. Let’s see what we accomplished as a country in 2018, and how does our medal count break down by U.S. state? Which state produced the most medals and has the pleasure of bragging rights for the next few years?Team USA sent 244 total athletes to the PyeongChang Olympics, 109 females and 135 males. The youngest athlete was figure skater, Vincent Zhou (17), and the oldest athlete was hockey’s Brian Gionta (39). Among the U.S. athletes, there was 1 mother, Kikkan Randall (cross country skiing), 20 fathers and 7 pairs of siblings:Erik and Sadie Bjornsen (cross country skiing), Bryan and Taylor Fletcher (Nordic combined), Becca and Matt Hamilton (curling), Logan and Reese Hanneman (cross country skiing), Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Moradno (ice hockey), Caitlin and Scott Patterson (cross country skiing) and Alex and Maia Shibutani (figure skating).Check out the breakdown and rankings by state, this includes team events like hockey, curling and team figure skating.There were 31 different states represented at the Olympics in 2018 , producing 23 total medal winners. Minnesota – 11 total medals, California – 11 total medals, Colorado – 7 total medals, Illinois – 4 total medals, Massachusetts – 4 total medals, Michigan – 3 total medals, Utah – 3 total medals, Florida – 2 total medals, New York – 2 total medals, North Dakota – 2 total medals, Idaho – 1 total medal, Indiana – 1 total medal, Nevada – 1 total medal, North Carolina – 1 total medal, Pennsylvania – 1 total medal, Vermont – 1 total medal
During every Olympics there are special moments, the type of moments that bring a tear to your eye and maybe make your lip quiver while you try to catch your breath. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – FEBRUARY 22: The U.S. women’s hockey team sits for a team photo following the women’s gold medal hockey game with the U.S.A. defeating Canada 3-2 in a shootout during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Even though the Summer and Winter Olympics both span the same length of time, 17 days, it seems like the Winter Games aren’t as consistently revving up the engines of excitement as much as its fair-weather counterpart. Maybe that’s due to the fact that I feel like I’ve watched 900 hours of curling and ski jumping, and that’s not a shot at curling or ski jumping by any means. I love both, but I’ve literally watched it every day for two weeks.
The PyeongChang Olympics has been a fruitful cocktail of political powerplays, wind delayed events and a much colder sequel to the oiled-up shirtless Tongan. We’ve seen crashes, spills, thrills and even a few genuine Olympic moments that may have brought a tear to your eye.For Team USA, it’s been an Olympic explosion for curling and women’s hockey for the first time in a very lengthy amount of years. Not to mention the bittersweet swan song for Lindsey Vonn and an incredible welcoming party for youngsters, Nathan Chen, Chloe Kim and Red Gerard.PyeongChang has provided many “wow” moments, a few “ugh” moments, and even a couple “yikes” moments here and there. Much like Clint Eastwood, the 2018 Winter Olympics could be classified as the good, the bad and the ugly.
You’ve probably heard the announcers refer to it several times during figure skating. Not to mention the phrase is printed all over the figure skating coach’s and family member’s credentials. Is it a social commentary on the perils of the Olympics, the ups and downs, the dramatically thin line between gold, silver, bronze and bubkis?
John Williams’ soundtrack of violin music (played by the Israeli violinist Itzhak Perlman) has actually been popular with skaters since the film’s release in 1994. Paul Wylie performed a routine to the music THAT YEAR, as did the German champion Katarina Witt (who also wore red and made headlines).
Canadian ski cross athlete, India Sherret, took a hard, crashing fall today in PyeongChang. As she lost her balance on a landing, she attempted to regain her stance before the next quickly incoming hill, but unfortunately the hill got the best of her.
The celebration and medal presentation for the women’s hockey finals was definitely the cherry on top of an incredible gold medal game that will go down in history, a 3-2 U.S. win over Canada in a shootout. For those who noticed (which was everyone) during the silver medal awards, Canadian player Jocelyne Larocque couldn’t get the second-place medal off of her neck quick enough. How disrespectful could you be to take off your olympic medal during the medal ceremony?
Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir compete in the figure skating team event ice dance free dance during the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The “12 Inches of Snow “album may have spent 7 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, but Scott Moir’s Olympic legacy is borderline “World’s Most Interesting Guy” status at this point. If there was a Brolympic gold medal, I’d give it to Scott Moir.
Lindsey Vonn literally burned through the edges of her skis while taking the bronze medal in the downhill on Wednesday. Turns out my skis got burnt out in the race yesterday. According to NBC reports, Vonn was moving so fast through a few turns that the friction between her skis and the extremely icy conditions is probably what caused the melting edges.
Alan Kidlow, father of Lindsey Vonn, gave some unique insight into the type of relationship he may have with his daughter after comments he made about her bronze medal win in the downhill. “But it reminds me of something that [American skier] Buddy Werner used to say. The pair had been estranged for many years due to Vonn’s marriage to her ex-husband, Thomas Vonn.
You might have seen Jessie Diggins’ incredible gold-medal finish on Wednesday night (morning in America) in the team ski sprint final, but did you hear what is definitely the greatest live broadcast call in Olympic history?
On the list of phrases I never thought I’d write during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, this is probably near the top: Kirstie Alley is picking a fight with the sport of curling. In my mind, this may be how it all went down: At precisely 5:06pm pacific time, Kirstie finishes watching yet another Cheers rerun, specifically the 1989, season 7 episode: “The Gift of Woodi” where Woody Harrelson’s character “Woody” is invited to his rich girlfriend’s birthday party but can’t afford to buy her a real gift. Of course, this goes terribly wrong and Ted Danson’s character “Sam Malone” laughs and makes lewd but hilarious comments while sipping soda water behind the bar.
Despite the judges and countless other viewers enjoying every second of the sexy ice-show that Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir gifted to the world, the reactions on the faces of the silver and bronze medal winners after the gold medal announcement says more than any words could ever convey. Canada’s ice dancing team of Virtue and Moir, which sounds like the title of a childhood fable teaching kids right from wrong, have been burning up the ice with their sensual frozen dance-sculpting for years and years.
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed the fashionable design choice of the Olympic speed skaters’ uniforms, specifically the inner thigh region. The majority of the suits are a solid blue color, highlighted by large gray ovals on the area of the body that is, well, an area of anatomy typically only discussed after some serious wining and dining.
A spot on the podium for Team USA was at stake, with women’s halfpipe skiing teammates Annalisa Drew and Brita Sigourney fighting down to the last run for a medal. Brita Sigourney scored a 91.60 on an invigorating slew of high-flying tricks and twists, besting Drew by a mere .80 points on her way to the bronze medal. Brita Sigourney of the United States hugs Annalisa Drew of the United States during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies’ Ski Halfpipe Final on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Australian freestyle skier Danielle Scott competes in her second Olympic Games in PyeongChang. In 2014 in Sochi, she finished 9th in Aerials and as of the 2017 world rankings, she was ranked #2 in Aerials World Cup. Danielle was offered a scholarship for Artistic Gymnastics at the age of 7 at the Australian Institute of Sport, becoming the youngest athlete ever to be offered a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport.
In a brilliant example of competitive respect and appreciation for hard work, several of the athletes who finished before Madrazo waited and cheered him on to the finish.
The Madison, Wisconsin native and Team USA curling stud, Matt Hamilton, is a man of great talents with an unrelenting passion for ice related sweeping sports. But there’s so much more to the ice sculpting, man-stached, lothario of curling. He’s also a huge Green Bay Packers fan.
During the men’s halfpipe finals, Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka violently crashed while attempting to land a big-air trick, propelling his body headfirst into the snow.