American teen wins world halfpipe championship

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American teen Arielle Gold lived up to her name at the snowboarding worlds in Stoneham, Quebec over the weekend, taking home first place in the halfpipe in her first year on the senior circuit.

“We were all kind of struggling to stay smooth and keep our amplitude up,” Gold told the AP. “I tried a cab 900 in my second run to see if I could up my score, but I couldn’t put it together.”

Gold, 16,  scored 79 points on her run to hold off Austria’s Holly Crawford (77.25) and France’s Sophie Rodriguez (72.50) who finished second and third.

However, the newly crowned world champ, who also currently sits first in the world halfpipe points ranking and 17th overall, is still somehow only an alternate for next week’s X-Games.

Looks like she still has some work to do proving herself before Sochi.

It’s over: a low-key Games on a far more human scale

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Winter Olympics shivered Sunday to a close, surely defined by cold and wind but destined — just as in Seoul 30 years before — to mark a key chapter in history on the Korean peninsula.

NBCOlympics.com: Sights and Sounds from the 2918 Olympics Closing Ceremony

These Games are likely to be recalled as an inflection point in Olympic history, too. After logistical dramas and more at Rio 2016 and Sochi 2014, the Olympic scene needed a Games at which the venues were built, the buses ran on time, security was subtle, the volunteers were super-friendly — organizationally, everything more or less just worked — and the spotlight shone on the athletes and their stories of inspiration.

That’s what PyeongChang delivered.

A low-key Games on a far more human scale.

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More of best GIFs from PyeongChang Olympics

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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy: