The Leap: Five memorable moments (and a whole bunch of tweets) from the 2018 Winter Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are about to come to an end, but it doesn’t hurt to look back at some of the best moments from this year’s events. It would take too long to list every noteworthy moment, but here are top five highlights to remember. 

Shaun White nabs a gold medal, again. 

White didn’t place for his snowboard run back in 2014, but four years was enough for a new story. The 31-year-old U.S. snowboarder suffered a bloody crash in Oct. 2017, resulting in 62 stitches and questions as to whether or not he would be able to compete at this year’s Olympics. White bounced back and won gold during his final halfpipe run, making him the first snowboarder to win three gold medals.

Yuzura Hanyu and the rain of Winnie the Pooh bears.

Japan’s Hanyu won his second gold medal in men’s figure skating, resulting in an outrageous amount of Winnie the Pooh bears thrown all over the ice. Why was that? Well, Hanyu has been carrying a Winnie the Pooh tissue box as a good luck charm since 2010. He’s since been associated with the lovable character. 

Overslept the Olympics? Not a problem.

We’ve all overslept an 8 a.m. class, but imagine what it would be like winning a gold medal after showing up late. That’s basically what happened to 17-year-old U.S. competitor Redmond Gerard. Regardless of the sleepy start, he won gold for his slopestyle performance. He also dropped the F-word on television, but there are probably others who would feel the same way in that situation. Fun fact: He is the first person born in the 2000’s to win a gold medal. Feel old yet? 

Team U.S. ends ice hockey runs with shootouts.

Both the U.S. men’s and women’s hockey teams ended in shootouts, which is very uncommon. The men’s shootout ended in a loss to the Czech Republic, but the story ended differently for the women. Not only did the women’s shootout victory get them a gold medal, it also ended Canada’s winning streak of four consecutive championships. This is the first time the U.S. Women’s Hockey team has won gold in the Winter Olympic since 1998.

Social media takes the gold (like always).

One person, in particular, is ahead of the pack, and that is Leslie Jones. She’s living the life we want right now. She has flown down to PyeongChang, been meeting the Olympians and live-tweeting the Winter Olympics with video commentary. Her thoughts may be worth gold, but she isn’t the only one who’s been using social media during the Olympics.