WATCH LIVE: Brittany Bowe, Heather Richardson aim for women’s 1000m gold

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The U.S. women’s speed skating team hopes to end its medal drought from 2002 by getting to the podium in the speed skating 1000m on Thursday. The action kicks off at 9 a.m. ET:

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Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe represent the best hopes of breaking that slump; they even took the top two spots in three of four 1000m events at the World Cup this season.

That doesn’t necessarily make them the favorites, however. Russia will be behind Olga Fatkulina, who took silver in the 500m and is impressive at this distance, too. Other noteworthy competitors include Zhang Hong (China) and Ireen Wuest (Netherlands).

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.

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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: