U.S. Finishes Winter Olympics With Nine Gold

Peters Township native John-Henry Krueger won a speed skating silver medal in the 1,000-meter short-track.

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) - Another Olympics is in the books as the athletes said goodbye at Sunday night’s closing ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The United States ended the games with 23 medals, five less than they did four years ago in Sochi.

The U.S. took home nine gold, eight silver and six bronze, and finished fourth in the medal count behind Norway, Germany and Canada.

While the United States team’s showing was not as impressive as it had been in previous Olympics, CBS News Correspondent Steve Futterman says there were still plenty of exciting moments for the Americans in Pyeongchang.

Along with gold medal showings from snowboarder’s Chloe Kim and Shawn White and the U.S. women’s hockey team, the men’s curling team taking home a gold medal could be the most surprising.

They were not expected to win, after losing a number of their first matches.

“[It’s the] first time the U.S. men have even been in a [curling] gold medal match and they win it, they beat Sweden. It was a very exciting curling match. I never thought I would say those words but I went to the match, it was quite exciting,” said Futterman.

Peters Township native John-Henry Krueger won a speed skating silver medal in the 1,000-meter short-track.

The next Winter Olympics in 2022 will take place in Beijing, China.

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