SOCHI, Russia — A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold.
From Sage Kotsenburg’s opening-day slopestyle snowboarding gold to teen Mikaela Shiffrin’s slalom win under the lights Friday night, the American athletes more than held their own against the world’s best.
The performances were punctuated by five athletes winning alpine medals along with eight of 18 medals in new freeskiing and snowboarding events. The new events were received well by the International Olympic Committee for bringing a relevant, youthful feel to the competition program.
Included among the medal winners were four athletes with ties to Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman and Jamie Anderson won gold in their respective women’s skiing halfpipe and snowboard slopestyle events, while Northstar-sponsored skier David Wise won gold in the men’s halfpipe.
Squaw Valley alpine skier Julia Mancuso also earned bronze in the super combined for her fourth career Olympic medal, which is a U.S. record for women’s skiing and snowboarding.
Bode Miller won his sixth Olympic medal, putting him second on the all-time U.S. Winter Olympians list and second on the all-time skiing list. American Apolo Anton Ohno leads the U.S. list with eight medals, and Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway has a record eight alpine medals.
Shiffrin, meanwhile, became the youngest women’s slalom Olympic champion.
In all, Team USA earned 28 medals at the Sochi Winter Olympics, which was second behind host Russia’s 33. U.S. athletes won nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze. Norway was third in overall medals with 26.