Unless you're Mike Tiricio or Bob Costas, and watching the Olympics is literally your job, you can't be expected to see everything that happened over the course of the Games — especially if you're not exactly a sports fan during the other months of the year.
But ahead of the Closing Ceremony this weekend, you might want to catch up on the highlights and viral moments everyone was talking about. And if you did watch the Olympics, you may just want to re-live all the excitement one more time. Consider this an easy way to binge-watch the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel.
In the team free skate, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel
at the Olympics, which helped secure a bronze medal for Team USA. Nagasu went for a triple
again in the short program, and in the free skate last night, but wasn't able to land it. While the Olympics may have been Nagasu's time to shine as a skater, we can't wait to see what she does next. "Figure skaters are usually young and then just fade away," Nagasu told The New York Times
. "But I’m not a fade-away kind of person."
Chloe Kim's halfpipe run made history.
The 17-year-old snowboarder from California, Chloe Kim, annihilated the snowboard halfpipe
competition. By the end of her first run, Kim had already racked up enough points to win gold. During her third run, which technically was considered a "victory lap," Kim landed back-to-back 1080s. She also became the official foodie hero of the Olympics
after tweeting about churros and ice cream.
Nathan Chen made a comeback.
In the short program
, Nathan Chen was expected to land five quadruple jumps, but he fumbled each one. By the time the free skate rolled around, he redeemed himself by landing the quads that made him fall the first time. On Facebook, Chen thanked his fans: "I began this competition with the two worst short programs of my competitive career," he wrote. "I couldn't believe what happened, and my confidence completely dissipated. If not for the hundreds of messages of support from all of you I never would've been able to bounce back and lay down the long I did here."
The German figure skating pair gave an emotional performance.
When Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot ended their gravity-defying figure skating program, they quite literally collapsed onto the ice out of relief. Their perfect performance earned them the highest score in free skating pairs ever recorded, and they won a gold medal. Watch the whole thing here
and prepare to cry happy tears.
Adam Rippon was lit.
Adam Rippon came to the Olympics to slay, and he sure did. Skating his short program to the club banger
, "Let Me Think About It," and ending basically in a death drop
, he won over the judges and the internet. Rippon also befriended Britney Spears
and Leslie Jones
while at the Olympics, so gold medal for that.
The Shibsibs swizzled and sizzled.
The Shibutani siblings, Maia and Alex, gave a stellar ice dance performance to Coldplay, earning them a bronze medal. Right before they competed, Maia apparently showed Alex some home movies of them skating to help lighten the mood. "It was what we needed though, you reflect so much, especially here at the Olympic games," Alex told Today
. "To have that moment today, it was perfect." Watch their whole program here
Everyone shipped this Canadian ice dance pair.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are not dating
(for the millionth time), but that didn't stop fans from shipping them
after their sexy ice dance routine to a song from Moulin Rouge
. See their gold medal-winning routine here
Lindsey Vonn scored bronze on what may be her final Olympic run.
After suffering several injuries
in the past 12 years, some of which were career-threatening, downhill skier Lindsey Vonn said in an interview that this may be her last Olympics. "I’ve been injured so many times that the fact I’m even here is a victory in itself," Vonn said in an interview
on Wednesday. "As a racer, as a person I have to remember that as well because I do want to win and I’m usually not satisfied with a bronze. In this situation, I think I can be very happy with what I’ve accomplished."
Team USA Women's Hockey won gold.
After decades of upsets, Team USA women's hockey finally beat Canada
in an anxiety-inducing shootout. It was a special moment for the team, who had boycotted the international competition last year in an effort to get equal pay as their male counterparts.