Colorado had more “hometown” athletes than any other U.S. state represented at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, sending an impressive 31 competitors to the Games (more than Belgium and Iceland combined).
After two and a half weeks of intense competition, the United States claimed 23 medals in total (nine gold) and finished in fourth place behind Norway, Germany and Canada on the medal table. Colorado athletes played a part in eight* of those medals, with six of them earned by individual athletes.
*Other outlets are claiming nine medals for Colorado, including with the count the bronze medal in the team figure skating competition won by Mirai Nagasu, a student at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and former Avalanche Ice Girl. Nagasu claims Arcadia, Calif. as her hometown. MHS counts only athletes whose hometown is listed as a Colorado city.
Were Colorado a country of its own, it would have ranked just behind China with the 15th-most overall medals. Colorado even won more individual gold than the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin was the only Colorado athlete to earn multiple medals, winning gold in the ladies’ giant slalom and silver in the alpine combined. Teammate Lindsey Vonn won a bronze in the downhill in what is expected to be her final Olympic Games.
Red Gerard kicked off the U.S. medal count with a gold medal in men’s snowboard slopestyle. Arielle Gold earned a snowboarding bronze in the ladies’ halfpipe. Alex Ferreira won silver in men’s ski halfpipe.
Colorado athletes also picked up hardware in a pair of team events. Lauren Gibbs was push/brake for the women’s bobsled piloted by Elana Meyers Taylor that won a silver medal. Finally, goaltender Nicole Hensley earned a gold medal with the U.S. women’s hockey team. Hensley played in just one game during the tournament, but earned a shutout against the O.A.R. during pool play.
Our partners at USA TODAY Sports had photographers on the scene in PyeongChang, capturing the medal-winning moments throughout the games. Here’s a look at our favorite images of Colorado athletes bringing home the hardware.