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2022 Olympics: Games draw to a close, U.S. finishes fifth in overall medal count with 25 – The Athletic

By The Athletic Staff
February 20, 2022Updated 8:43 AM EST
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The curtain has fallen on competition at the 2022 Olympics as the flame was extinguished Sunday at the closing ceremony in Beijing. The United States finished fifth in the overall medal count with 25 medals, including eight gold, just behind Canada (26 total, 4 gold).

Norway topped the standings, capturing 37 medals with 16 gold. The team from Russia was second with 32 but only six gold. Germany was third with 27 medals, 12 of which were gold. Host China finished 11th overall but was third in the gold medal tally with nine.

The Games opened on Feb. 4 amid the harsh criticism of China's human rights record and tight restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics were delayed a year, COVID-19 once again impacted the Games. No tickets were sold to the general public in Beijing, meaning there were no friends and family in the stands. Athletes weren't allowed to move freely outside a tightly controlled perimeter.

While the geopolitical issues seemed to take a backseat once competition began, TV ratings were lackluster and a doping scandal involving 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva cast a shadow over the Games as she was allowed to compete despite a positive test late last year. Her coaches came under heavy criticism for their treatment of the teen after she struggled in the long program and finished off the podium.

There were plenty of memorable U.S. performances on ice and snow. Snowboarder Lindsay Jacobellis, 36, was the first American to capture gold, becoming the oldest American woman to win a gold medal at the Winter Games. Nathan Chen dominated men's figure skating en route to his first gold medal while Chloe Kim became the first woman to win back-to-back gold in women's snowboard halfpipe. American snowboarding legend Shaun White didn't finish on the podium, but closed out his illustrious career with an emotional performance.

Gold medalist Erin Jackson made history, becoming the first Black woman to win a medal in speedskating. U.S.-born Eileen Gu, competing for China, also turned in a historic performance as she became the first freestyle skier to win three medals — two gold and a silver.

There were disappointments too as the U.S. women's hockey team lost to Canada in the gold medal game and the U.S. men were eliminated in the quarterfinals, along with powerhouse Canada. Skier Mikaela Shiffrin, a favorite in the Alpine events, struggled on the slopes and failed to win a medal. John Shuster, the defending champion in men's curling, finished off the podium.

In Sunday's closing ceremony, the Olympic flag was passed along to Italy, the host of the 2026 Winter Games. The 2024 Summer Games will be held in Paris.

(Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)
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