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With 23 medals, Team USA falls brief of expectations during Pyeongchang Olympics

Chloe Kim flew, and American hockey fans somehow soared even higher. Mikaela Shiffrin chased story while a curler named John Shuster indeed finished some. Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall dug deep, Shaun White valid that he’s still Shaun White and Mirai Nagasu landed a triple Axel that desirous tears no one wanted to clean away.

For a 241 Americans who comprised a U.S. Olympic team, these Pyeongchang Olympics were noted on some nights, ancestral on others. They faced sour cold temperatures and impassioned expectations on snow, ice and while whipping by a air.

But were they a success? It all depends on a measuring stick.

The U.S. fortuitous finishes these Winter Games with 23 medals, a fewest given a 13 a Americans brought home in 1998. They won 28 in Sochi and a record 37 during a Vancouver Games in 2010. Three countries surfaced them in them in a award count here – Norway (39), Germany (31) and Canada (29).

U.S. Olympic Committee’s arch of foe performance. “We have this extraordinary depth, we have these implausible medalists: How do we continue to contest during a aloft turn and give them what they need going forward? Yeah, we compensate courtesy to a medals too, yet we also compensate courtesy to a team, and we’ve got an extraordinary team.”

The USOC doesn’t customarily make a projections public, yet a Associated Press performed an inner draft that shows a American athletes fell good brief of a organization’s Pyeongchang projections. The draft indicated a USOC approaching a smallest of 25 medals here, with an approaching aim of 37 and an outward probability of as many as 59.

“I feel like there were a lot of really, unequivocally tighten finishes,” Ashley said. “It was not as yet we were in situations where we say, ‘Oh, we’re going to do this good achievement,’ and afterwards we were 20th, 40th, 70th, whatever. Instead, we have this outrageous organisation of athletes that was this distant divided from being on a podium.”