The United States had its best showing at a Winter Olympics since 2006 at the 2022 Beijing Games. Team USA won 24 medals, including eight gold, and finished fourth on the Olympic medal table behind Norway, Germany, and the People’s Republic of China. American athletes won 14 medals in ski and snowboard events at the Games.
Surprisingly, alpine ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin didn’t contribute to Team USA’s medal count. A three-time Olympic medalist and 73-time winner on the World Cup stage, Shiffrin was disqualified from three of the five individual events in which she participated and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal on the final day of competition in the mixed team parallel. Ryan Cochran-Siegle was the lone American to win a medal in the 30 individual alpine skiing events.
Alex Hall and Nick Goepper won gold and silver, respectively, in the men’s slopestyle skiing event on February 16. Hall, who finished 16th in the event at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018, scored an impressive 90.01 in his first run and remained in first place through the duration of the event. Goepper won his third Olympic medal with his second-place finish.
Team USA also won a pair of medals in aerials skiing. The team of Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis, and Justin Schoenefeld won the gold medal in the mixed team aerials on February 10. The victory was notable not only because it was the Olympic debut of the event, but also because it was the first aerials medal for the US since Jeret Peterson won a silver medal in the men’s event in 2010.
Lillis received the highest individual score of all competitors in the event for his double full-full-double full, and Schoenefeld secured the gold for the Americans by executing a clean back double full-full-full. Megan Nick added a second medal for Team USA in aerials with a third-place finish in the women’s individual event.
David Wise and Alex Ferreira added to the Americans’ medal count on February 19 with a silver and bronze medal, respectively, in men’s skiing halfpipe. Wise, who won gold in the event in each of the past two Winter Olympics, finished with a score of 90.75 in the event. He was 2.25 points back of Olympic champion Nico Porteous of New Zealand. Ferreira, who won silver in 2018, settled for bronze.
Jessie Diggins won a pair of medals in cross country skiing. The American won bronze in the women’s sprint even on February 8, and won a silver in the women’s 30-kilometer mass start on the final day of competition. Colby Stevenson won silver in the men’s big air event and Jaelin Kauf won silver in women’s moguls.
Julia Marino won Team USA its first snowboard medal in the slopestyle event on February 6. It was a redemption of sorts for Marino, who finished 11th in the event four years prior. Lindsey Jacobellis won gold three days later in the women’s snowboard cross. Jacobellis also redeemed a past performance at the Olympics. The 36-year-old cost herself a gold medal at the 2006 Turin Games by showboating near the finish. She won a second gold medal at the Beijing Games with teammate Nick Baumgartner in the debuting mixed team snowboard cross event.
Finally, Chloe Kim won gold in the women’s snowboarding halfpipe on February 10. Kim, who also won gold in 2018, is the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic snowboard halfpipe titles.