Between Mirari Nagasu's historic triple axel and a near-costume mishap on national TV, here's what you missed from this weekend's competition.
Since he grew up watching the X Games, Red Gerard claims he how big the Olympics were until he made it onto the medal podium. Gerard had fallen on his first two runs in the snowboarding slopestyle event but landed an epic backside triple cork 1440 to vault from 11th place to first.
Katie Couric's over-commentating at the Opening Ceremony wasn't the worst of the network's problems this weekend. Analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo also sparked backlash during the broadcast when he stated, "Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." The statement made in reference to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit stands in contrast to a turbulent history between the two countries, including the painful pre-World War II occupation. NBC has since apologized for the remark and parted ways with Ramo.
Following in flag bearer Erin Hamlin's footsteps, became the first American man to win an individual luge medal when he sledded his way into silver. The 29-year-old from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, first got into the sport watching the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Exactly 20 years later, he stood among its best athletes.
High winds cancelled the qualifying round of women's snowboard slopestyle and reduced the finals from three runs to two, but the Sochi gold medalist didn't let the pared-down competition faze her. scored 83.00 on her first trip down the course, a number that stayed at the top of the leaderboard for the rest of the event.
In a stunning comeback fit for a sports movie, tripped at the start of the 30-kilometer cross-country skiathlon. Two competitors then fell on top of him in a time-consuming pile-up that left Krueger with a broken pole. The athlete didn't give up on the race, however. After a coach handed him a new pole (a legal maneuver) he methodically passed all 63 other skiers to win the race, sweeping the medal stand with his Norwegian teammates.
The 22-year-old will have to wait a little longer to win her first medal in PyeongChang. The that plagued snowboarders also led to the postponement of multiple alpine skiing events, including the women's giant slalom. The delay may work out in her favor, however. Now — the slalom — will take place first, paving the way for potentially three or more gold medals.
Now this is grace under pressure. 's costume came unclasped just seconds into her short dance routine, but the skating pro went on with the show. She completed the performance without any major mishaps, keeping her arms up and shoulders back to keep the dress from falling forward. While she didn't earn an official medal, this Boston native deserves one for her total calm and class.
The male figure skater — one of the first openly gay Americans to compete in the Winter Olympics — cemented after nailing a gorgeous routine during the figure skating team event. Performing to Coldplay, the 28-year-old made his long-awaited Olympic debut in near-perfect fashion. While he placed third to Russian and Canadian skaters with more technically difficult routines, made it known who had really won the event in their hearts.
Coming off of Rippon's stunning performance, Mirai Nagasu did her part in the team event as well. The figure skater became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics after twisting three-and-a-half times in the air. She skated to second place for the women's part of the competition, but the ensuing attention didn't just focus on her jump. Viewers also wanted to know whether she really had a large USA tattoo on her thigh, but .
Nagasu and Rippon would go on to win their first Olympic medals along with teammates Bradie Tennell, Nathan Chen, the Knierems, and the "Shib Sibs." Team USA successfully fended off a strong Italian team but placed behind Canada and the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Don't worry — all of medalists still get those cute stuffed tigers.