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Sport Opinion: Overall, U.S. team's medal effort is lackluster so far

04:42  17 february  2018
04:42  17 february  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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At the halfway mark, these Winter Games seem to be going about as smoothly as these things can go. South Korea has pulled it off with next-to-no drama and very few complaints.

But one thing has been noticeably disappointing about this first week. Where are the American medals?

Chants of “USA! USA!” have, to a large degree, been muted. The Star-Spangled Banner has been overwhelmed by “Ja, vi elsker dette landet,” “Deutschlandlied,” and even “O Canada” on medal stands from Gangneung to Jeongseon.

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On Day 7, it’s time to call it like it is: Team USA’s effort here has been kind of a flop.

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Sure, there have been some bright spots. Shaun White’s gold medal run in the halfpipe was arguably the most captivating moment of the entire Olympics. Chris Mazdzer’s unexpected silver in luge was a delight. Chloe Kim and Red Gerard announced themselves as fresh-faced snowboarding stars.

And, who knows, maybe the second week will bring a turnaround. The Olympics have a way of delivering surprises, dramatic moments and compelling storylines. But from a U.S. perspective, the buzz for these Games was flat coming in and is yet to exceed expectations.

Thank goodness for figure skater Adam Rippon, whose feud with Vice President Pence has at least provided a cultural flashpoint for Team USA. But even his celebrity turn here masks a sad truth: In a sport where the Americans have put forward exceptional Olympic performers for decades on both the men’s and women’s side, they’ve felt like a non-factor except for the bronze won in the team event. With Nathan Chen’s disastrous short program taking him out of contention, a medal in men’s singles is highly unlikely, and the women’s singles next week looks like a major longshot, too.

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Meanwhile, anointed pre-Olympics breakout star Mikaela Shiffrin has already had to lower the bar on her goals, with a shocking fourth-place finish Friday in her best event, the women's slalom. A week ago, Shiffrin was gunning for five golds. Instead, she’s already pulled out of the Super G, which got rescheduled due to weather delays, and now might skip the downhill, too. Shiffrin has a gold in the giant slalom, so it’s not a total bust, but any high-end projections for the U.S. medal count certainly had her contributing more.

Indeed, as things stand now, Team USA has eight total medals – down from 13 at this same point in the Games four years ago in Sochi – and well behind Norway (19), Germany (15), Canada (13) and the Netherlands (13).

Even more revealing is that five of those medals came in snowboarding – the sport we invented!

While the Winter Olympics is going to always be more of a challenge than the Summer Games for the U.S. to pile up medals, the trend has been positive for the past four Olympics, starting with the concerted effort to perform well on home soil in Salt Lake City. It grew from there to the high point of 2010 with a nation-leading 37 total medals. And in retrospect, 2014 was terrific, too, finishing only one behind the Russians, who we now know were running a massive doping operation.

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In fact, 44% of the Winter Olympics medals the United States has ever won came in the previous four Games.

But to keep that momentum going, you need a next generation of Winter Olympics stars to come behind legends like medal machine Bode Miller, speedskater Shani Davis and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis  (who just missed the podium Friday in snowboard cross). They haven’t shown up here yet.

Meanwhile, some of the athletes Team USA was hoping to introduce to the world – Chen, speedskater Maame Biney, biathlon racer Lowell Bailey, cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, the mixed doubles curling siblings from Wisconsin – haven’t risen to the occasion yet.

The Olympics are still great, of course, and quirky as ever. Between the mysterious North Korean cheerleaders popping up at various events, the Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump lookalikes, Rippon’s Twitter feed and the shirtless Tongan flag-bearer (again), there’s been plenty to pique our interest.

But as these Games turn into the home stretch, a few more American medals would be nice.

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