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Hall shaves down the 2022 Winter Olympics

SUN. | 03-20-22 | SPORTS

     After four years of hard work, time, sacrifices and energy, team USA made their way to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. In the Winter Olympics, there are a total of 109 medaling events within the span of 19 days. 

     In every sport there comes great wins, but when expectations are high, there are also major upsets. Everyone handles these high pressure situations differently. Each of these athletes have put their bodies through the most intensive training possible, which is both physically and mentally exhausting.

     However, when you make history with a record breaking move it makes everything worth it. Chloe Kim did exactly that by becoming the youngest woman to land two 1080-degree spins in a row. Kim is a two-time Olympic gold medallist snowboarder from the United States. She became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal when she won gold in the women's snowboard halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics at the age of 17. She entered the 2022 Olympics as the defending champion, which carried a lot of weight and put a lot of pressure on her, but that did not stop her. On her first of three runs, she scored a 94.00 out of 100, putting her in first place and keeping her there, making her the back-to-back women's half-pipe gold medalist.

     Another athlete, Nathan Chen, a member of Team USA's figure skating team, earned his first Olympic gold medal in the men's singles event. Chen competed in his second Olympic Games, and

for the first time in eight years, he was able to stand on the first place podium. In the men's short program, Chen set a new world record of 113.97 points. This high score was set by Chen landing all three of his jumping passes — a quadruple flip, the required triple axel, and a quadruple lutz and triple toe loop combination.

     Most people are unaware that Chen finished 17th in his first Olympics in 2018, failing to meet three of his qualifications. That's the thing: there are comebacks, but they can only arise after setbacks. 

     Mikaela Shiffrin is a prime illustration of sports' current upset side. Shiffrin is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup alpine skier from the United States. Shiffrin is regarded as one of the top alpine skiers in the world, and she was the defending champion and the favorite to win again at the 2022 Olympics. The two-time Olympic gold medallist was


Graphic by Forbes Hall

disqualified in the women's giant slalom event on Tuesday after falling seconds into her first run. I kept hearing the announcers say how this never happens to Shiffrin and how upsetting it was for her to lose in her best event. Two days later, she was competing in her second best event, the women's slalom, and the same thing happened: she hit the ground in the first few seconds and was disqualified in her second straight event. 

      Many factors can influence how you perform, including your mindset, physical condition, or just how you feel. You can have some good days and some bad days, but there is always tomorrow. 

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