But Larocque didn't huck it into the crowd or anything which, since the medals are heavy, could have hurt somebody. And apparently during that period, the duo were also working with Kim and Jun for the four-man bobsleigh competition.
The duo, world No. 1 in the 2015-16 season, were considered one of the medal hopefuls for South Korea with their intensive training at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province.
Hired by China for his coaching expertise in the winter sport of skeleton, the Olympic silver medalist for Canada in 2006 has four more years to shape his rookie team of Chinese athletes into ice-sliding champions at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. After he missed the podium in 2014, White reclaimed his Olympic title, winning his third gold medal in the men's halfpipe. They were the first U.S. women to win an Olympic cross-country medal.
Or you can look at placement on the medals table: first or second in the last four Games, and fourth this year (and that's with winter power Russia bringing a shell team). Maia and Alex Shibutani will be Team USA's only representatives at the gala, where Canada's most decorated pair of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will be skating a tribute to Gord Downie: a muscian in the band Tragically Hip who passed away last year.
What I didn't appreciate then was that win or lose, every Olympic athlete faces a kind of mortality when his or her career ends.
John Shuster skipped the United States to a 10-7 victory on Saturday for only the second curling medal in U.S. history.
The team qualified for the Olympics - a second for Landsteiner and alternate Joe Polo, and a first for Hamilton and George.
- Switzerland has beaten top-seeded Austria to take the gold medal in the Olympic debut of the Alpine team skiing event.
The game was the talk of social media, too. The U.S. led 5-4 through six ends of play. Elementary school students posted photos of themselves playing makeshift curling games, displaying handmade good-luck signs.
Shuster happens to have played a key role in both of the United States' Olympic curling medals.
Becker confirmed that Cirque talent scouts were watching several athletes competing at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, particularly those in new, adrenaline-fueled events such as Big Air and slopestyle.
The Swedes scored two more, but could not recover in the 10th.
"Everything we're responsible for, and everything that is basically under my responsibility, is focused on how to help our top athletes achieve success", he said. He claimed his second gold in the men's giant slalom by a huge margin of 1.27 seconds. Next to the men's hockey finals, the gala has the second-highest ticket price.
Edin had been extremely accurate to that point.
They drove for 24 hours on windy, two-lane roads deep into Norway's northern reaches, above the Arctic Circle, into the land of polar bears, and slept in a cabin on a fog-enshrouded ridge.
But when the Americans looked at the medals draped around their necks, there was a problem: They had been given the ones engraved for the women's winners.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Edin didn't get it, leaving one U.S. stone and one Swedish stone in the eight-foot. But results in 2022 are on course to be less spectacular than when Beijing hosted the Summer Games in 2008.
And finally, Canada lost its streak of medaling in women's curling, too. She then won gold in the women's parallel giant slalom.
They keep tabs on the athletes and offer a viable career once their days of chasing medals are over.
By that point, Hamilton-the team's comic relief-had begun chewing his nails.
It's the final day of competition in PyeongChang.