USA Olympics was being humiliated - then women stepped up

South Korean speed skater Kim Bo-reum cries during a press conference held in Gangneung around 240 kilometers east of Seoul on Feb. 20 2018

That bested the combined viewership of the three other major broadcast networks by the largest margin for any regular season, non-Super Bowl week since electronic "people meters" came into use, the network said.

That sentiment needs no translation. (Remember, there's a severe time difference between the US and PyeongChang, so "throughout the day" is subjective.) The final medal count is calculated after the last Olympic event is over and the winners decided.

But the Germans came to Pyeongchang seeking redemption anyway, and they've delivered. As athletes, we typically put most of our energy into physical preparation. Bobsledders were getting the most right swipes among men according to Reuters, followed by hockey players, snowboarders, skiers, and skeleton racers. But those who watch the sport closely believe there were a number of other factors affecting performance, including the athletes' worldwide travel schedule to compete at events at various altitudes and their overall fatigue leading up to the Sochi Games.

In sliding, they have secrets, though some of them aren't exactly that secretive.

Chloe Kim of the US won gold at the Women's snowboard halfpipe this year at the age of 17, after she landed her signature 1080s on her final race. They are squirreled away in the top schools with some of the best coaches, pushed to attempt the hardest jumps and most advanced combinations at the youngest ages, then unleashed on their unprepared rivals in major events.

Asked about the secrets of Norway's success, Oevreboe pointed to one of the more obvious advantages the Nordic country has.

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Here's another reason: They show up believing they're going to win.

Did you know that the United States Olympic Committee pays its athletes when they win a medal? She can be quiet and reserved in public, though when she went to the medal stand at these games she punched her fists into the air and leaped high off the podium.

"This is such an incredible honor for me", Diggins said. "My hobby is my profession". Teammate and reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva won silver with 238.26 points. The last time US women were picked for both roles at a Winter Games was in 1976, when skier Cynthia Nelson and speedskater Sheila Young were the selections.

"What this group has been able to accomplish is way bigger than sports", Marvin said, wearing a new gold medal around her neck.

Last year, U.S. Figure Skating reported its fourth straight year of membership growth. But despite a wide gulf separating the Americans from their biggest rivals, there are reasons to believe the USA can become a dominant player once again.

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