Redmond Gerard of the United States practices before the men’s big air snowboard qualification. Al Bello / Getty Images

2018 Winter Olympics: Action Sports Recap

Looking back at PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea have come and gone. We saw action sport athletes make a huge impact and their performances definitely left a lasting impression. I can only imagine how far we’ve come from the first Winter Olympics in 1924 which were held in Chamonix, France.

Action sports have been making their way into the olympics and this year we saw some spectacular performances from the athletes. The major action sports we saw in the olympics this year included:

  • Alpine skiing

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Freestyle skiing

  • Ski jumping

  • Snowboarding

Our Favorite Moment

There were many memorable moments and athlete performances in the 2018 Winter Olympics. We saw first time medalists, repeat medalists, records broken and legacies created. Without a doubt, our favorite and most memorable moment when Shaun White delivered the run of a lifetime to win gold in the men’s halfpipe. He also earned the 100th Winter Olympic gold medal in United States history. Here’s his run:

How insane was that? Totally stellar performance by Shaun White. Now let’s look at the medal count and the top 10 countries from the winter games.

Total Medal Count

All Countries

Rank NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 14 14 11 39
2  Germany (GER) 14 10 7 31
3  Canada (CAN) 11 8 10 29
4  United States (USA) 9 8 6 23
5  Netherlands (NED) 8 6 6 20
6  Sweden (SWE) 7 6 1 14
7  South Korea (KOR)* 5 8 4 17
8  Switzerland (SUI) 5 6 4 15
9  France (FRA) 5 4 6 15
10  Austria (AUT) 5 3 6 14

A Clip We Love

Here we have the long anticipated preview of the SBX course used at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games. Thanks to White Industries Ltd for putting together this artwork.

Ready to break it down event by event? Let’s look at the top performers for all the action sport events.

Alpine Skiing

Medal Table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Austria (AUT) 3 2 2 7
2  Switzerland (SUI) 2 3 2 7
3  Sweden (SWE) 2 0 0 2
4  Norway (NOR) 1 4 2 7
5  United States (USA) 1 1 1 3
6  Italy (ITA) 1 0 1 2
7  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 0 0 1
8  France (FRA) 0 1 2 3
9  Liechtenstein (LIE) 0 0 1 1
Total 11 11 11 33

Cross-country skiing

Medal Table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 7 4 3 14
2  Sweden (SWE) 2 3 1 6
3  Finland (FIN) 1 1 2 4
4  Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 0 1
 United States (USA) 1 0 0 1
6  Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 0 3 5 8
7  Italy (ITA) 0 1 0 1
8  France (FRA) 0 0 2 2
Total 12 12 13 37

Freestyle Skiing

Medal Table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Canada (CAN) 4 2 1 7
2  Switzerland (SUI) 1 2 1 4
 United States (USA) 1 2 1 4
4  France (FRA) 1 1 0 2
5  Belarus (BLR) 1 0 0 1
 Norway (NOR) 1 0 0 1
 Ukraine (UKR) 1 0 0 1
8  China (CHN) 0 2 1 3
9  Australia  (AUS) 0 1 0 1
10  Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 0 0 2 2
11  Great Britain (GBR) 0 0 1 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 0 0 1 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

Ski Jumping

Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Norway (NOR) 2 1 2 5
2  Germany (GER) 1 3 0 4
3  Poland (POL) 1 0 1 2
4  Japan (JPN) 0 0 1 1
Total 4 4 4 12

Snowboarding

Medal Count

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 4 2 1 7
2  Canada (CAN) 1 2 1 4
3  France (FRA) 1 1 0 2
4  Czech Republic (CZE) 1 0 1 2
5  Austria (AUT) 1 0 0 1
 Italy (ITA) 1 0 0 1
 Switzerland (SUI) 1 0 0 1
8  Australia (AUS) 0 1 1 2
 Germany (GER) 0 1 1 2
10  China (CHN) 0 1 0 1
 Japan (JPN) 0 1 0 1
 South Korea (KOR) 0 1 0 1
13  Finland (FIN) 0 0 1 1
 Great Britain (GBR) 0 0 1 1
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 1 1
 Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 1 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30