It may not be possible to catch all the best moments in a single day of the Olympic Games, but we’re going to try. Every day, we’ll award medals for standout achievements at (and around) Pyeongchang 2018 and feats that may or may not be recognized on the podium (and may or may not even be of an athletic nature).
Day 4 of the Olympic Winter Games featured some Canadian history, a birthday celebration and a few awesome stunts that took Twitter by storm.
Gold medal creating a new Olympic sport…
Goes to Swiss freestyle skier Fabian Bösch, who should consider prefacing all future videos with a big “don’t try this at home” disclaimer. The second-time Olympian posted this awesome video of his oh-so-casual one-handed escalator ride to Instagram on Monday, and things um… escalated pretty quickly. (Sorry.)
After 20 years I still couldn’t figure out how these things work! Am I doing it right?: @jonashunziker
33.8k Likes, 1,152 Comments – Fabian Bösch (@buhsch) on Instagram: “After 20 years I still couldn’t figure out how these things work! Am I doing it right?:…”
Bösch will compete in an actual sport on Feb. 17, when the men’s ski slopestyle qualifications begin at 8 p.m. ET. In the meantime, we’ll be seeing him on social media.
It’s an honor to represent Switzerland at the Olympics! I wanna thank everyone who supported me over the past couple of years and made this possible! Looking forward to show my skiing to the world #fürsvaterland #nstg #dowhatyoucant: @swissfreeski
7,440 Likes, 24 Comments – Fabian Bösch (@buhsch) on Instagram: “It’s an honor to represent Switzerland at the Olympics! I wanna thank everyone who supported me…”
Gold medal for (almost) perfection…
Goes to U.S. snowboarder Shaun White, who scored an incredible 98.5 (yup, that’s out of 100) to qualify for the men’s halfpipe final in style.
Was there ever any doubt?#USA’s Shaun White gets the highest score of the day (98.50)
WATCH: https://t.co/VxtDV4Bqjm pic.twitter.com/MeS61RFdA1
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) February 13, 2018
People lost their minds over it:
.@shaunwhite puts down a 98.5 in his final run of #snowboard halfpipe qualifications! Safe to say he will be heading to the FINALS… pic.twitter.com/cp4qLv9j6k
— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) February 13, 2018
Shaun White makes doing flips & twists off a frozen halfpipe look easier than ordering a second mimosa at a bottomless brunch
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 13, 2018
Live look at Shaun White in the half pipe. pic.twitter.com/m5Bt2KVOie
— Ross Patterson (@StJamesStJames) February 13, 2018
Commentator: "it's just qualifying. Just focus on top 12. Nothing too big in qualifying."
Shaun white: pic.twitter.com/sjrn4q00ev
— Shelby Perkins (@XoxRooXox) February 13, 2018
Shaun White's last run pic.twitter.com/SCFRAs7L2B
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) February 13, 2018
It feels like White has been competing in the Olympic Games forever, doesn’t it? The 31-year-old two-time gold medallist (2006, 2010) is one of the most recognizable faces on the snowboarding scene. Though he didn’t land on the podium in Sochi 2014, he looks poised to get back there in Pyeongchang.
Shaun White has been competing in the Olympics since 1960.
— Kyle Madson (@KyleAMadson) February 13, 2018
The men’s final begins Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Between White’s run and the incredible gold-medal performance of Chloe Kim in the women’s halfpipe event, it was certainly a great day for the United States on the slopes.
I hate crying but I'll give myself a pass for this one. Thank you everyone for the love! Stoked to bring home the gold pic.twitter.com/vxApf1lxbI
— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 13, 2018
Gold medal for perseverance…
Goes to Alex Gough, who made history when she won won bronze in women’s luge—just as our very own Kristina Rutherford predicted.
HUGE. Alex Gough wins bronze. First luge medal for Canada in Olympic history. HUGE HUGE HUGE.
— Kristina Rutherford (@KrRutherford) February 13, 2018
Gough, who has now competed in four Olympic Games, has a history of …read more