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Colorado athletes medal at 2018 Winter Olympics

By Brandon Rivera

Team USA has three golds one silver and two bronze medals after a week in PyeongChang South Korea and
17-year-old Red Gerard of Silverthorne brought home the first Gold. Just two weeks ago Gerard along with several of his competitors at the Olympics competed at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen for the X Games.

The 17-year-old who is originally from of Ohio, but his family moved to Colorado when he was 7 to give him a chance to hone a skill heíd been perfecting since he was 2. Gerard was the only American to qualify and after his first two runs Gerard needed to impress the judges to take a podium position. Gerard did just that hitting everyone of his tricks with grace. Despite conditions in PyeongChang becoming hazardous for the athletes, Jamie Anderson of Lake Tahoe, California took home Gold in the womenís Snowboard slope style.

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Kim from Los Angeles took Gold in the Womenís halfpipe snowboard while Colorado native Arielle Gold of Steamboat Springs, took bronze. Twenty-nine-year-old Chris Mazdzer of Massachusetts took home Silver in the mens luge on Monday in a category that has been dominated by Germany. What makes Mazdzerís run spectacular is that he came in behind Gold winner and luge master Felix Loch by .192 seconds making it the first menís singles luge medal ever.

The U.S. Olympic figure skating team took bronze when 24-year-old Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in Olympic competition. While competition is stiff, Team USA is behind Germany, Netherlands, Norway, and Canada in medal count with six total. Germany has five gold, two silver, two bronze; Netherlands have four gold, four silver, and two bronze; Norway has three gold, five silver, and three bronze; and Canada has three gold four silver and three bronze. While there are many more events to come, Colorado athletes have already made quite the name for themselves early at this Winter Olympics.

In other sports the San Francisco 49ers have signed Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a five-year extension worth $137.5 Million that now makes him the highest paid player in the NFL.





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