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10 biggest disappointments of the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Many athletes come to the Olympic Games with very high expectations, both for themselves and from their country. Many of them are world champions in their chosen sport and have been building up for four years just for this moment. One can only imagine, then, the disappointment and heartbreak if things don’t go as planned, be it their own fault or something outside of their control.

Here are 10 big disappointments from the 2018 Winter Olympics.

1) Olympic hockey being determined by shootouts

There is a practical reason why Olympic hockey games — both men’s and women’s — have been settled by so many shootouts. The nature of the tournament — and the small window of time in which the games must be played — makes it impractical to play limitless overtime periods to settle tie games. Still, there’s something somewhat unsatisfying about seeing high-pressure games come down to what is ultimately a skills competition, which is how the American women won their gold medal and how the American men were knocked out of the tournament. It’s hard to suggest an alternative, but it’s just another reason why the Olympic tournaments are vastly inferior to, say, the Stanley Cup Playoffs in terms of quality. At the least, perhaps medal games should not be determined by shootouts.

2) U.S. female figure skaters

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Luge star Felix Loch consoled by father after missing out on medal

Felix Loch father

German luge star Felix Loch was consoled by his father immediately after his ill-fated run in the men’s singles luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang that left him without a medal.

Loch had won gold in the last two Olympics in men’s singles. He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men’s singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs. But on his final run, Loch made a big mistake and finished with a time of 48.109, which placed him 18th for the run. He ended up fifth in total time and missed out on the medal podium.

After his poor run, he was immediately consoled by his father:

Compare that to four years ago in Sochi when the two were celebrating:

It was a tough break for Loch in PyeongChang, but that left open the opportunity for David Gleirscher to capture gold, and American Chris Mazdzer to win silver, marking the U.S.’ first men’s singles medal in the luge.