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U.S. Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani Win Bronze in Ice Dancing as Canada Takes Home Olympic Gold

U.S. Siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani Win Bronze in Ice Dancing as Canada Takes Home Olympic Gold

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After two exciting nights of competition — including a wardrobe malfunction that made headlines worldwide — the best ice dancing team has been revealed. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took home the gold medal in the second and final night of the Olympic ice dancing competition Tuesday morning (Monday evening stateside). France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron walked away with the silver medal — just one day after their costume snafu — followed by U.S. brother and sister duo Alex and Maia Shibutani, who earned bronze. The Shibutanis received a 114.86 free dance score, which gave them a total of 192.59. The duo finished just ahead of teammates Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, who received a final score of 187.69. The “Shib Sibs,” as they are widely known, were the American
Olympic Ice Dancing Duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates 'Fell In Love' on the Ice

Olympic Ice Dancing Duo Madison Chock and Evan Bates 'Fell In Love' on the Ice

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates are a match made in ice dancing heaven. The ice dance duo opened up about their love life —and careers — to PEOPLE prior to arriving in Pyeongchang, revealing that they were initially competitors before falling in love outside of the rink. “Maddie and I met and we were competitors for a long time. Then, even when we started skating together, we were just friends at first,” Bates tells PEOPLE. “We had a really good relationship and just as we got older, we sort of fell in love on the ice and realized that we should be together.” Chock, 25, and 28-year-old Bates teamed up in 2011 and began dating in 2016, NBC reported. And Chock says the couple has great chemistry. “We go through everything together; all the highs and all lows,” she tells PEOPLE. “You just really
Gus Kenworthy Looks Forward After Coming Last in Olympic Event: 'I Still Have a Lot to Be Proud Of'

Gus Kenworthy Looks Forward After Coming Last in Olympic Event: 'I Still Have a Lot to Be Proud Of'

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Four years ago American freeskier Gus Kenworthy earned a silver medal in the men’s slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Games — though that achievement was tangled up with a secret he had long been keeping: He was gay. On Sunday, and more than two years after coming out in ESPN the Magazine, Kenworthy returned to the snow to defend his Olympic medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This time he was one of two openly gay athletes competing for Team USA, along with figure skater Adam Rippon. (He was also skiing with a broken thumb and a bruised hip.) While Kenworthy, 26, made a strong showing in the slopestyle qualifying earlier Sunday (which aired Saturday night stateside), he turned in three sub-par runs in the final later Sunday and landed in last place. Teammate Nick Goepper, with whom Kenwor
Nick Goepper Wins Silver in Olympic Slopestyle — Only U.S. Man on Podium 4 Years After Sochi Sweep

Nick Goepper Wins Silver in Olympic Slopestyle — Only U.S. Man on Podium 4 Years After Sochi Sweep

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American freeskier Nick Goepper returned to the snow on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, to defend his Olympic bronze medal in men’s slopestyle — and did better than that, winning silver. His final score of 93.60, earned on his last of three runs in the event, came in just behind the 95.00 of Norway’s Oystein Braaten. Goepper, 23, previously earned earned bronze in slopestyle (in which competitors are scored as they perform a variety of tricks and jumps down a mixed-terrain course, not dissimilar to skateboarding) at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He was part of a rare nation’s sweep of the podium, alongside Joss Christensen, who won gold, and Gus Kenworthy, who earned silver Hampered by injury, Christensen failed to qualify for Team USA this year; Kenworthy competed in the fin
Britney Spears Shouts Out Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy on Twitter Ahead of His Competition

Britney Spears Shouts Out Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy on Twitter Ahead of His Competition

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American freeskier Gus Kenworthy may be competing at the South Korean Winter Olympics with a broken thumb and a nasty hip bruise, but he just got some very special celebrity encouragement on Twitter. “So proud of #TeamUSA!! Hey @guskenworthy, gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!!” Britney Spears tweeted on Saturday afternoon ahead of Kenworthy’s slopestyle event on Sunday (which airs Saturday night stateside). Spears, 36, hashtagged her message of encouragement “#ItsGusBitch,” and the whole thing sent the 26-year-old Kenworthy into exclamatory joy. “Oh. My. God. Was really not prepared to wake up to this,” he responded, retweeting her message. ” Not sure how I’m gonna ski today because I’m LITERALLY dead now but I’m gonna go that extra mile for you, Britney! Ilysm!!!” Keep Following PEOP
Returning Olympic Medalist Nick Goepper: Why I Spoke Out About My Substance Abuse, Mental Health

Returning Olympic Medalist Nick Goepper: Why I Spoke Out About My Substance Abuse, Mental Health

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Maybe Nick Goepper would always have had something to prove. Maybe, if it wasn’t his upcoming freestyle ski event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 23-year-old medalist would be focused on, say, being the best surfer or being the best skateboarder or maybe having the nicest truck. But he’s not thinking about any of those things, even if he wanted to. He’s thinking about his skiing, because that’s what everyone else is going to be thinking about, too. “I think I can ski better and I’m going to ski better here,” he told PEOPLE in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a week and change before he is set to compete in men’s slopestyle at the Games, an event in which competitors perform a variety of tricks and jumps down a mixed-terrain course, not dissimilar in skateboarding. At that same competition four y
'There's a Lot of Sex': Gold Medalists Dish on What It's Really Like Inside the Olympic Village

'There's a Lot of Sex': Gold Medalists Dish on What It's Really Like Inside the Olympic Village

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There are probably as many stories about the Olympic Village as there are athletes who stay there. The accommodations, which house the competitors at the Summer and Winter Games, include a bank, a salon, a post office, a massive cafeteria and — yes — a McDonald’s. It’s part dormitory, part dining hall, part lounge; a place to prepare for the defining moment in any athlete’s life and a place to unwind or people-watch before or between competitions. Despite its sprawl, the village remains off-limits to basically everyone in the world, making it the persistent object of fascination from Olympic spectators every two years. What really happens when you take a few thousand of the world’s top competitors and put them all in the same space? PEOPLE spoke with some gold medalists to find out. Their
Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Bruises Hip Not Long After Breaking Thumb — But He'll Still Compete

Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Bruises Hip Not Long After Breaking Thumb — But He'll Still Compete

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Freeskier Gus Kenworthy posted a picture of his shattered thumb on Twitter, but assured Team USA fans that he would still compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The superstar Olympian is in Pyeongchang, South Korea, defending his silver medal win at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014. But the 26-year-old shocked fans by posting a pair of startling pictures to Twitter on Friday morning showing his broken right thumb in a cast. Fortunately, he calmed any fears that he wouldn’t be able to compete — and he took a jab at Mike Pence in the process by saying the injury would keep him from shaking the VP’s hand. “Broke my thumb yesterday in practice,” he wrote. “It won’t stop me from competing (obvi) but it does prevent me from shaking Pence’s hand so… Silver linings! Will be giving my teammates (and li