The Gold Standard, Day 3: The ice cream man is coming


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 3 of the Olympic Winter Games featured Mr. T, ice cream, a triple axel and gusting winds. I make sense of it all with the help of Twitter below.

Gold medal for going for it

Team USA figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics. She landed the move in the women’s free skate portion of the team figure skating event.

Not only is it impressive that Nagasu landed it, it was incredibly unselfish that she tried it in the team event and didn’t hold out to attempt it in the personal competition later in the winter Olympics.

In Pyeongchang, South Korea Nagasu earned a 137.53 score. That was good enough for second in the ladies’ free skate, giving the United States a valuable nine points in the team competition. Japanese skaters Midori Ito and Mao Asada are the only other women to land the triple axel at the Olympics.

Wow @mirai_nagasu !!! Congratulations…tears of joy for you again! #1stAmerican3axel #hero

— Kristi Yamaguchi (@kristiyamaguchi) February 12, 2018

Gold medal for live-tweeting

Apparently, Mr. T likes the Olympics, and he likes curling specifically. I’m hard pressed to think of a more unlikely headline. “I pity the fool” that hasn’t been following him throughout the games.

Here is a sampling of his best reactions to the world’s greatest sports spectacle.

Gold medal for cravings

How do you deal with nerves? Some people bite their nails. Yes, we’re talking about you LeBron James. Chloe Kim, who is quickly becoming the LeBron James of female snowboarding, gets cravings.

First, she wanted Churros to calm herself down. Then she wanted ice cream — not before but during competition. In between runs she sent out a tweet looking for a cold treat despite the cold temperatures. Then she weighed in on what flavour.

The American born to South Korean parents is poised to taste gold at the Olympic Games but she is just as concerned about snacking on a small treat as she is about grabbing big air.

I’m so nervous!!!!!!!

— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) February 11, 2018

Gold medal for inclement weather

Rightfully so, athletes, media and spectators were not impressed with the conditions surrounding the women’s slopestyle competition.

Monday’s giant slalom was postponed due to strong winds. After the qualification for women’s slopestyle was cancelled, the women’s slopestyle final was negatively impacted when the gusting winds didn’t improve. The question of whether the competition would still have been taking place if …read more



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