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.
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their second Olympic gold medal in ice dancing on Tuesday with a record-setting performance, and it appears as though it will be the figure skating duo’s last. But in the interest of not sounding like Brett Favre, they don’t want to announce anything just yet.
After he and Virtue brought down the house with their incredible free dance, Moir took a lighthearted swipe at Favre when asked if we will see the pair again in 2022.
Virtue and Moir posted an overall score of 206.07, which was less than a point better than the 205.28 France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron received. At ages 28 and 30, respectively, it would not be a surprise if Virtue and Moir decide they are done competing.
Favre has grown accustomed to hearing remarks about his infamous changes of heart toward the end of his NFL career, and they don’t always come from football players. Did he ever expect to hear it from a figure skater? We highly doubt it.
Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir have modified a risque element from their routine so their free program at the Olympics will be more family-friendly.
Virtue and Moir, who have been together for 20 years, won gold at the 2010 Winter Games and silver in Sochi for ice dancing. They also won gold at the Canadian championships in Vancouver this year with their “Moulin Rouge” routine. The routine included an “edgy” move that resulted in Virtue having her legs over Moir’s shoulders in a sexual position.
Here’s a look at it:
Canadian ice dancing couple Moir and Virtue removing this move from routine for being too sexy.
“I think edgy would probably summarize most of the program quite well and that’s what we were going for,” Virtue said of their program at the Canadian championships in January, via the Toronto Star.
“I think we liked that it made a statement, and it was different,” Virtue said of the original lift, via the Canadian Press. “And that was great for the start of the season, but for the overall vision of the program, we hope that this new position fits a little better.”
The new position is similar, but has a few minor modifications to make it a little more family-friendly. This is what it looked like during their practice for the Olympics:
It’s not too different, but it is less suggestive than it used to be.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something get modified (or scrapped in Ronda Rousey’s case) for being too sexy, and it shouldn’t cause too many issues for the ice dancing pair.
Virtue and Moir were the flag bearers for Canada during the Opening Ceremony. They will look to continue representing Canada well during the Games.