The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are over, but the legacy of this glorious two-week event in the People’s Republic of China will last a lifetime.
The past 16 days have been filled with golden moments, as athletes from around the world showcase their skills, talents and tenacity on the world’s biggest sporting stage – while continuing to prove through acts of friendship and solidarity that together we are stronger.
From new names entering the Olympics to seasoned competitors proving the adage that experience is valuable, it’s time to look back on some of the most memorable moments from the Olympics as the world bid farewell and thanks to Beijing 2022.
Chloe Kim triunfa no snowboard halfpipe
American snowboard star Chloe Kim enters Beijing 2022 as the youngest athlete to win Olympic gold in snowboarding after winning the halfpipe title at PyeongChang 2018. The question on everyone’s lips is can she do it again? The crowd didn’t have to wait long for answers as Kim scored 94.00 points in his first round to claim gold.
Nathan Chen wins gold in skating free skating
After a heartbreak at PyeongChang 2018, where his short program stumbled ending his hopes for a medal, American Nathan Chen is hoping to make a golden comeback in Beijing 2022.
After a world record (highest score) in the short program which he earned 113.97 points, Chen followed up with a celebration of a talent show in free skating, where he slid for gold to “Rocketman” Elton John.
Ailing (Eileen) Gu impresses with halfpipe heroism
Perhaps the biggest star of all the Winter Olympics, every move (and even food) of Ailing (Eileen) Gu from the People’s Republic of China is followed by the kind of passion reserved only for the most beloved celebrities.
Gu had won gold and silver respectively in big air and downhill freestyle skiing before stepping into the halfpipe competition downhill.
Can he do this again? Of course yes. With 95.25 points in his second round, the 18-year-old superstar made history as the first freestyle skier to win three medals in three different events at the Winter Olympics.
Suzanne Schulting sets a blistering time in speed skating
Suzanne Schulting from the Netherlands is quickly becoming a speed skating legend – and is only 24 years old. His peak moment at the Olympics was the 1000m final, an event in which he had beaten the world record in the quarterfinals. In a thrilling competition final, the Dutch skater’s run to the finish line saw him win gold with a sword.
Papadakis/Cizeron shocked the world with ice dancing gold
Anticipation surrounding Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron has peaked ahead of the Olympic figure skating competition. However, there may be some who look forward to witnessing the combination of skill and grace they display as they glide for gold. Their medal-winning performance set a new world record (highest score) of 226.98 as they glided gracefully through the Olympic ring.
Alex Hall stands out for gold in downhill freestyle skiing
American freestyle skier Alex Hall doesn’t like doing things strictly by the rules. However, the innovation and creativity he displayed in the physics-challenging first round of the men’s slope final was beyond the fans’ wildest expectations.
“This is definitely the best downhill style course I’ve ever done, mainly because it embodies everything I love about skiing and how I approach it and I don’t stray from it to try and maybe get a higher score. He told Olympics.com Hall after the event.
Quentin Fillon Maillet wins gold in 20km biathlon and more
Quentin Fillon Maillet of France has an amazing 2022 Beijing by anyone’s standards. Two gold and three silver medals were enough to catapult him into biathlon history, as the 29-year-old became the first athlete in the sport to win five Olympic medals.
Arianna Fontana became Italy’s most meritorious winter Olympic athlete
Italian short track speed skating star Arianna Fontana began her Beijing 2022 campaign needing two medals to equal the record for the most decorated Italian winter Olympics of all time. Not only did he do that, but he also surpassed the mark with a silver medal in the 1500m which puts him in a league of his own with 11 Winter Olympic medals.
Ayumu Hirano goes to a place no snowboarder has been before
Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano ushered in a new era in Olympic snowboarding competition when she hit a pair cork three in the men’s halfpipe final. After consecutive silver medals in PyeongChang and Sochi, he finally rose to the top of the podium. And boy, did she do it in style.
Max Parrot wins precious gold in slopestyle snowboarding
The story of Canadian snowboard star Max Parrot is one of the greatest in Olympic history. After being diagnosed with a cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in late 2018, the Canadian faces a long road to return to health, not to mention on the elite sporting stage. However, in the men’s 2022 Beijing downhill style final, Parrot scored an unrivaled 90.96 to complete a superb comeback and claim Olympic gold.
Su Yiming thrilling host on men’s snowboard
The hosts of the Winter Olympics had something special to celebrate in the big air snowboarding final, when Su Yiming won the first snowboarding gold medal for the People’s Republic of China. A pair of big 1800s (front and back) in his first two breeds was enough to see the competition beat 17-year-old rivals Mons Roisland and Max Parrot and claim his place on the Olympic podium.
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