The Sports Examiner

Is the U.S. team really failing in PyeongChang, or is it better than it looks?

Chloe Kim celebrates her 2018 Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe win (Photo by Jon Gaede)

TSX HEADLINES – for Feb. 19, 2018: Some 63 of 102 total events have been completed at the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang and the U.S. has just 10 medals, on its way to its worst medal-winning performance in 20 years.

Is this a failure?

It’s worth looking more deeply into the metrics of the U.S. performance – and that of other countries at the Winter Games – and we do with our exclusive, eight-place team scoring and our placing count, showing which countries have the most top-eight finishers … athletes who won medals, or could do so in the future!

Hint: Norway and Germany are doing great, but on these counts, the U.S. is not having such a bad Games after all.

The details are in our Lane One commentary, plus:

(1) THE BIG PICTURE: The International Olympic Committee might be pushing a little too hard to keep Calgary in the race for 2026. A City Counillor pushes back at comments from an IOC Vice President about how the IOC is “helping” Calgary with its local media.

(2) PYEONGCHANG PANORAMA: More rough weather headed for PyeongChang changes the Alpine schedule again, and causes Mikaela Shiffrin to drop the Downhill in favor of the Combined. How will this impact Lindsey Vonn?

(3) ICE HOCKEY: What we have been waiting for: Canada vs. the U.S. for the women’s gold medal. Details on the best U.S. performance of the tournament so far, in its semifinal win.

(4) ATHLETICS: We all thought it could happen … and it did! A world record in the 60 m for Christian Coleman and seven world-leading marks for U.S. athletes at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque!

(5) ROWING: Results of the first “World Indoor Championships.” What? Indoor rowing? No water? Say what?

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