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15 best moments of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Ester Ledecka

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are in the books. Norway led the way in the medal count, bringing home 38 in total. Germany, including a surprising silver by their men’s hockey team, was next, and the U.S. was fourth with 23 medals.

From start to finish, there were shocking moments, controversies, messages of hope and peace, and some of the greatest athletic feats in the history of mankind.

Here’s a look at the 15 best moments from the 2018 Games:

15. North Korea and South Korea unite during opening ceremonies

Much was made over the North Koreans and South Koreans finding enough common ground so that both could compete in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. And while some of it may have been political posturing, at least for one brief moment, the two sides found peace and marched proudly under one flag during the opening ceremonies. It was in stark contrast to the 1988 Games held in Seoul, where the North Koreans not only refused to compete, but carried out a terrorist attack on a South Korean jetliner 10 months prior to the opening ceremonies. And considering North Korea could be seen from the mountain slopes in the Gangwon Province, it was particularly symbolic — a memorable and hopeful way to open the games.

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Mexican skier German Madrazo overwhelmed with joy after last-place finish

German Madrazo finished dead last in the men’s 15km free cross-country skiing event on Thursday, and coming in 115th place was everything the 43-year-old Mexican could have asked for and more.

After all, it was only a year ago that Madrazo learned how to ski. As Casey Gutting of Yahoo Sports highlighted, Madrazo is an Ironman triathlete from Texas who co-founded the Valley Running Company Club training facility. He became interested in cross-country skiing after reading a magazine article about Peruvian cross-country skier Roberto Carcelan. That inspired Madrazo to start an independent training group along with Chilean skier Yonathan Fernandez and Tongan skier Pita Taufatofua with a goal of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and he accomplished that goal.

On Thursday, Madrazo finished 115th out of 115 cross-country skiers. He was all smiles as he crossed the finish line — more than 25 minutes after the gold medalist — waving the Mexican flag.

For many athletes, anything less than an Olympic medal is a crushing disappointment. But for every fierce competitor who wants to be the best, there are people like Madrazo who just want to cross the finish line. That’s what the Olympics are all about.