From Gold Medal Upsets to Heartbreaking Wipeouts: Here Are the Biggest Moments of the Winter Olympics

From gold medal upsets to heartbreaking wipeouts, here are some of the most captivating moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang.

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Yuna Kim, a gold medalist at the 2010 Winter Olympics and beloved South Korean icon, lights the 2018 Winter Olympics torch in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9, 2018.
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Flag bearer Pita Taufatofua of Tonga leads the team during the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, in Pyeongchang. Taufatofua became a sensation on social media for being shirtless in the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics in 2016, and the Internet was glad to see him back–and shirtless again–two years later in Pyeongchang.
North Korea's cheering squad was the unexpected result of a truce called between North and South Korea just weeks before the Winter Games commenced. They are dubbed the "Army of Beauties" in South Korea as a sign of warming ties between the North and the South.
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Athletes of the United States arrive during the opening ceremony, following the lead of luger Erin Hamlin. Team USA created a slight stir before the games when speed skater Shani Davis made a tweet criticizing the delegation for using a coin toss to decide this game's flagbearer.
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United States' siblings Matt, right, and Becca Hamilton sweep the ice during a mixed doubles curling match against China's Wang Rui and Ba Dexin at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Feb. 10, 2018. The Hamiltons fell 6-4 to China and did not end up with a medal for mixed doubles, but not before developing a devoted fanbase on social media self-described as the #HamFam.
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The 17-year-old from Colorado became the youngest gold medalist in any snowboard event after beating out Max Parrot of Canada for the top spot on the podium at the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle event on Feb. 11, 2018, as well as the first gold medalist for the United States at Pyeongchang.
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The Gerards could barely contain their glee as Red Gerard stepped up in the highest pressure contest of his life to earn the U.S. its first gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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Jamie Anderson becomes the second gold medalist for the United States after winning gold in the women's Snowboard Slopestyle event on Feb. 12, 2018, in Pyeongchang. Anderson would go on to win a silver for women's Big Air just days later.
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Hear her roar! Mirai Nagasu makes history as the first U.S. woman - and third overall - to land a triple axel on Olympic ice on Feb. 12, 2018, helping the US figure skating team to earn bronze for their overall efforts.
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Volunteers - the unpaid labor force that keeps the Olympics running - jump for a photo at Yongpyong Alpine Centre on Feb. 12, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. Over 70 percent of the volunteers at Pyeongchang are women.
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Expectations were already high for 17-year-old Chloe Kim to medal at the women's Snowboard Halfpipe event on Feb. 13, and the expectation paid off in spades before Kim even took her last run. The teen from California had gold in the bag for her first two of three runs, before picking up a near-perfect 98.75 on her last.
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Bronze medalist Arielle Gold of the United States shared her medal with fans in the Olympic Park after placing third on the ladies' snowboarding halfpipe event behind Chloe Kim.
Maddie Mastro of the United States crashes during the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on Feb. 13, 2018.
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In what might be the most painful crash in this Winter Olympics, Yuto Totsuka of Japan crumbled during a hard hit at the edge of the pipe on his second run of the men's Snowboard Halfpipe final on Feb. 14, 2017.
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Shaun White continues the United States' snowboard sweep as he grabs gold at the Men's Snowboard Halfpipe event on Feb. 14, 2018. His gold medal was the 100th gold medal won on behalf of the United States at an Winter Olympics, as well as his third.
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Chris and Alexa Scimeca Knierim proved love is in the air for the married figure skaters after Chris surprised Alexa with a sweet finish to their Valentine's Day Pair Skating Short Program on Feb. 14, 2018.
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A detailed view of the trousers or pants worn by Christoffer Svae, Torger Nergard, Thomas Ulsrud and Havard Vad Petersson of Norway as they compete on Feb. 14, 2018. The Norwegian men's curling team on Valentine's Day debuted a loud and colorful collection of pants they wore throughout the Games.
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Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won her first - of many expected - gold medal in the women's Giant Slalom skiing event on Feb. 15, 2018.
Nathan Chen of the United States falls during his performance in the men's short program figure skating event. The "Quad King" made criticial mistakes in all three of his jumps, to the bewilderment of Team USA and figure skating fans.
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Adam Rippon knows he's not the best - but there is no denying the 28-year-old figure skater's candid flair and affinity for the ridiculous. Audiences knew Rippon first for his Twitter jab on Vice President Mike Pence and his record of anti-LGBTQ policies before getting to know him through his tweets and fun interviews at Pyeongchang.
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A day where three of the United States most lauded athletes were expected to turn in sterling performances turned into a day of disappointment as their runs fell flat, one after another. Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, left; figure skater Nathan Chen, center; snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, right, landed disappointing performances in their respective disciplines for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 16, 2018.
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The Quad King is back. Nathan Chen landed 5 of 6 quad attempts during the Feb. 17, 2018, men's single free program. The quads were not enough to place though - Chen finished 5th behind Japan, Spain and China.
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Lindsey Vonn of the United States reacts at the finish on Feb. 17, 2018, after the alpine ski race missed out on medaling at the women's Super-G event. Vonn slid out of the course - a misstep that would happen again on her last Pyeongchang competition at the alpine combined ski event.
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The podium remained out of reach for alpine skier and United States hopeful Ted Ligety, after the two-time gold medalist produced two underwhelming runs at the men's giant slalom event.
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Nick Goepper celebrates his silver medal win during the Men's Ski Slopestyle event on Feb. 18, 2018.
Gus Kenworthy of the United States crashes on his second run during the Freestyle Skiing Men's Ski Slopestyle Final on Feb. 18, 2018.
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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance on day 10 of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 19, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. They became the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history> with their gold medal win in ice dancing.
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Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France placed second for the night despite Papadakis' ward robe malfunction that almost undid their program.
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Maia and Alex Shibutani, siblings who paired with each other in a sport that emphasizes intimacy and sensuality between partners, defied critics to win bronze for both the team skating event and free skate with a stunning choreography to Coldplay's "Paradise" on Feb. 20, 2018.
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Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States fall during their performance in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 20, 2018.
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Brita Sigourney of the United States competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Final on day eleven of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on Feb. 20, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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Jessica Diggins (bottom) and Kikkan Randall ended the United States' gold drought when the two became the first U.S. women to win a cross country medal in skiing, as well as the first US athletes to win a gold in the event.
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Team U.S.A. with Heather Bergsma, right, Brittany Bowe, center and Mia Manganello, left, celebrates winning a bronze medal in the women's team pursuit final speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.
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Jamie Anderson snagged a silver - her second medal at Pyeongchang - during the women's Snowboard Big Air event on Feb. 22, 2018.
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Aaron Blunck, one of four halfpipe skiers competing for the United States at the men's freeski halfpipe final on Feb. 22, 2018, landed at the edge of the pipe during his run. Friends and teammates David Wise and Alex Ferreira took gold and silver, respectively.
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The U.S. women's hockey team ended Canada's winning streak, ending their own gold drought on Feb. 22, 2018, after beating their rival team in a shootout.
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Evgenia Medvedeva of the Olympic Athletes of Russia reacts after receiving her scores during the women's free figure skating final on Feb. 23, 2018. The gold-medal favorite received silver, just points behind her 15-year-old friend and competitor Alina Zagitova.
The men's US curling team became the Olympics' unexpected stars when they curled their way past a rough Pyeongchang start, past curling favorites Team Canada and Team Sweden and straight into gold. This is the first gold won for the US in the sport.
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Kyle Mack of the United States competes during the first run of the Men's Big Air Final at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre on Feb. 24, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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The Olympic flame is extinguished during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 25, 2018.

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