Column: Off the Wall

During the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games, nine Olympians flew the rainbow flag along with their national colors. This year’s batch of LGBT athletes beat out the total of four that participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics. That total is the most ever for a Winter Olympics, according to the Advocate. In the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics, a record 53 LGBT participants competed in the games, according to Gay Star News. With two-straight Olympics worth of records for the LGBT community here is how they performed and placed.


GUS KENWORTHY ( Usa – Freestyle Skier) was not pleased to see Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremony to The 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The athlete, who placed 12th in the slopestyle final, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure about having Trump in attendance with the rest of the Olympians representing the United States.

BARBARA JEZERSEK ( Cross Country Skiing) Slovenian born, Australian citizen, finished a respectable sixth in the team sprint semi-final.

ADAM RIPPON (U.S. Figure Skater) The 2018 Winter Olympics may be remembered in the figure skating community as the year that all of the Americans choked. It sounds harsh, but just about everyone performed below expectation in their individual events at some point. Adam Rippon, however, skated as well as he ever has. Without a quad in his program, it was a forgone conclusion that he couldn’t medal. A rough landing on a quad is often worth as much as or more than a less difficult jump executed cleanly. However, a flawlessly skated program is far more pleasing to the eye — and no man was more elegant or entertaining than Rippon. Even though Rippon missed the medal in the individual event he did help America win a bronze media the men’s team event.

ERIC RADFORD (Canada – Figure Skater) Radford and his skating partner Meagan Duhamel skated both portions of the team event, placing 2nd in the short program round, and 1st in the long program round, greatly assisting Canada to their team gold medal. They were the only top pair to skate both programs, as the individual pairs event is the first of the Olympics. In the individual event, they won the bronze medal with two strong skates.

CHERYL MAAS (Netherlands - Halfpipe Snoboarder) Four out of every 5 slopestyle competitors crashed in a dangerous event at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Many snowboarders in Pyeongchang, South Korea failed to contend with the 31 km/hour gales. Dutch athlete Cheryl Maas called the event a "shit- show."

BELLE BROCKHOFF (Australia – Snowboard Cross) finished inside the top 10 in the first qualification run before placing third in her quarter-final. Her semi-final did not go as planned, however, with the two-time Olympian crashing. She recovered to take part in the small final where she was fifth to earn her overall ranking of 11th.

IREEN WUEST (Netherlands, Speed Skater) had quite a Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The speed skater from the Netherlands won a gold medal and two silver medals, setting records along the way. She was selected by her Dutch teammates to carry the flag for the Netherlands in the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

BRITTANY BOWE (U.S., speed skater) On the last day Bowe turned in her third straight top-five finish of these Olympics in long track speed skating, finishing fifth in the women’s 500-meter with a time of 37.53 seconds. She also was fourth in the 1,000, the event in which she held the world record until November, and fifth in the 1,500.

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