The first weekend of the Winter Olympics made history
The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full force, and this weekend the American men brought home two medals for Team USA, including a historic one in men's luge. Snowboarder Red Gerard reached the podium Sunday morning, winning gold in men's slopestyle, the USA’s first medal of these Olympics. Then later Sunday night, Chris Mazdzer won silver in the luge men’s singles competition, becoming the first American man to medal in an event that made its Winter Games debut in 1964. And early on Monday, Mirai Nagasu propelled the U.S. to a bronze in team figure skating by landing a rare triple axel as part of her program. The USA is tied for fifth overall in the medal count.
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