Pyeongchang 2018 Review of Day 16
There was great excitement in all of the last four events to be decided. In curling, the Garlic Girls, from the garlic-growing region of Uiseong in South Korea, had huge home support, but were outplayed by Sweden in the final. It was a second Olympic medal for Agnes Knochenhauer (above) also part of the Swedish team which won silver in Sochi.
Having defeated Sweden and Canada, Germany nearly had another ice hockey miracle against the Olympic Athletes from Russia. It led 3-2 with a power play in its favour until the end of a match. But OAR scored while still a man down, and then again in overtime.
Marit Bjoergen destroyed the field in 30km cross country. With 15 medals, she is the most decorated Winter Olympian by every measure, but the scale of her victory hints that she could do a Michael Phelps, and return in 2022 to put the issue beyond doubt.
Another member of Team World, Won Yunjong of South Korea, went again in the four-man bob and won silver, behind Fransesco Friedrich, who completed a personal double and a German sweep of the bobsleigh golds. If Won’s medal is credited to Team World (although the two-man event was the focus), the overall tally is seven golds, two silvers and four bronze medals, despite disappointment for Elise Christie and Martins Dukurs.
With the Games over, it is time to look into the future, and ask what trends might have been anticipated in the results. I predict that Asia will become a hotbed for curling, that Canada will one day challenge Germany for luge supremacy, and that New Zealand will regularly collect medals, like other well-funded programmes in both Great Britain and Australia. However, with a ruthless unfunded approach, the US will continue to decline.
With that, the blog is closing down once again. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Goodbye!