Sometimes it’s for their performance; sometimes it’s their charisma. Usually it’s a magical combination of the two.
No matter your knowledge of the sports, these Team USA members are sure to win you over.
Though 17-year-old Chloe Kim said she just thinks of herself as a girl from Southern California, the Korean-American has become a sensation in both the U.S. and in the country where her family is from after taking home the gold in the women’s halfpipe.
The teen got fans giggling when she tweeted about being “hangry” and wanting ice cream while she was competing.
Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry
— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
In the end, though, it was her incredible performance that sealed her place in U.S. Olympics history. With her family watching in person, Kim said her real aim was to make them proud by doing her best.
“I knew I wasn’t going to be completely satisfied taking home the gold, but knowing that I could’ve done better,” she said.
At two months younger than Kim, Gerard is the youngest person to ever win a snowboarding gold medal for Team USA. The Colorado resident, who has a makeshift snowboard park in his backyard, took home the gold in slopestyle.
The teen pulled it off even after oversleeping and not being able to find his jacket on the morning of the competition. Instead, he borrowed the jacket of teammate Kyle Mack.
“He was a lifesaver. It was crazy. I would have been done-zo,” he said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “It was a really hectic morning. It was something else.”
Gerard had quite the sense of humor on his Kimmel appearance, joking around about his family members partying in South Korea (which they call “getting Gerarded”) and agreeing with Kimmel that he has the rest of his life to disappoint.
“I know, I’m peaking. I’m peaking,” he said. “After this, it’s going to be a steady down.”
Sport: Figure skating
Adam Rippon pulled off a phenomenal performance in the mixed team figure skating competition, helping to earn a bronze medal for Team USA. The 28-year-old Los Angeles resident landed two triple axels.
Rippon, though, finished with a lower score than his Russian and Canadian competitors, even though they both fell during their routines and Rippon did not. This led to something of a social media outcry, with fans declaring that…