To wrap up the opening weekend of the 2018 Winter Olympics we give you 18 memorable moments from the first three days of the Pyeongchang Games:
1. Skiing star Lindsey Vonn made her first appearance in front of the world’s media at these Games, breaking down when discussing the death of her grandfather last year. Vonn also revealed that she brought her dog Lucy to keep her company in Pyeongchang.
2. This part of Korea is known for winds, and it did not disappoint. Two Alpine events and a snowboarding event were postponed because of winds.
3. Chris Mazdzer, who won the first individual medal in men’s luge in U.S. history, spoke of being touched by the gesture of a Russian luger who offered to lend Mazdzer a sled last month to see if it would help him get over a slump: “I think what it shows is that we do care about each other and there is this human connection we have that crosses countries, crosses cultures, and sport is an amazing way to accomplish that.”
4. Chris Mazdzer’s sisters and girlfriend wore sports bras in the brutal cold while cheering his silver medal run in men’s luge.
5. Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old favorite to win gold in the snowboard halfpipe, was so cool during qualifying that she took time out midway through the competition to tweet about how she could really go for some ice cream. She dominated the qualifying, by the way, in her Olympics debut.
6. Kim has been so dominant in the halfpipe, the BBC is calling her the “Lewis Hamilton of ladies’ snowboarding,” a nod to the dominant F1 driver.
7. German Felix Loch, a two-time gold medalist in men’s luge, had the third right in his grasp as he led the field going into the final run. But his shocking, uncharacteristic error in the trickiest part of the course – curve 9 – dropped him all the way to fifth place.
8. The European media, which covers biathlon religiously, audibly gasped Sunday night when Johannes Thinges Boe, who had won eight of the 15 World Cup races this season prior to the Olympics, missed three of his five shots from the prone position, effectively ending his chances in the 10k sprint.
9. Norway’s cross-country legend Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated female Winter Olympian ever, winning silver in the 15K skiathlon. Bjoergen won the 11th Olympic medal of her career — six gold, four silver and a bronze.
10. Although U.S. men’s hockey coach Tony Granato was inspired personally by the 1980 “Miracle on Ice,” he said it won’t take one to win a Pyeongchang Olympic hockey tournament being played without NHL talent. “To win, we don’t need a miracle. We need to be at our best for two weeks.”
11. A norovirus outbreak at the Olympics has been in the headlines, with 194 confirmed cases from Feb. 1-Feb 12.
12. North and South Korea marched in opening ceremony together as a unified Korean team, drawing some of the biggest applause of the night. “We are all touched by this wonderful gesture,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in his speech.
13. The North Korean cheer squad made appearances around the Games, livening up the atmosphere and generally drawing praise for their enthusiasm.
14. Yes, the Tongan flag bearer was back, this time shirtless for the sub-freezing opening ceremonies. He qualified as a cross-country skier.
15. Red Gerard, a 17-year-old whose brothers built a rail park in the backyard for him, won the United States’ first medal, a gold in men’s slopestyle. While Gerard was getting ready to put down his winning run, his family was shotgunning beers.
16. Mirai Nagasu announced her return to the Olympics in dramatic fashion. Nagasu, who finished fourth in 2010 but was passed over for a spot four years ago, became the first U.S. woman to land the triple axel at the Olympics during the team competition.
17. Shani Davis created a stir before his first race. The veteran speedskater and two-time Olympic gold medalist criticized the use of a coin flip to break a tie between him and luger Erin Hamlin for the honor of being U.S. flagbearer and suggested that race could have been involved.