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The Olympics are wrapping up, here's how the SoCal athletes did




The Olympic rings are pictured at the biathlon shooting range ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The Olympic rings are pictured at the biathlon shooting range ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
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This month we've been following some of SoCal's Olympic contenders in the Pyeongchang winter games. As the competition wraps up this weekend, we recap the results.

Hetty Chang is on the ground in Pyeongchang, reporting for NBC 4, so we called her up to hear how the games have been going.

How did our SoCal stars do?

After a strong showing in the team event, helping the U.S.A. to take home bronze, California's skaters struggled on the ice, Chang said.

Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel in the team event, making her the first American woman to complete the jump at the Olympics. In her short program, however, she fell on the triple axel and she didn't attempt it in her free skate. 

Nathan Chen was in 17th place after his short program, but Chang said he made a comeback with his free skate.

There was still a story of triumph there, obviously, he actually ended up attempting six quads and making history there.

Chole Kim brought home a gold medal in women's halfpipe. Kim actually qualified for the Olympics in Sochi but was too young to attend the games, so there was a lot of excitement for her performance this year, Chang said, and she did not disappoint. 

SoCal-born bobsledder Lauren Gibbs also made it to the podium, winning a silver medal. Chang said it was great to get to talk with Gibbs about her journey to get there.

She actually quit her six-figure-salary sales job to say, you know what? I'm going to start bobsled. So it's certainly a risk that paid off.

What were the big surprise wins?

The U.S. women's hockey team won gold, beating the Canadian team in an exciting shoot out finish.

The rivalry between the U.S. and Canadian teams is longstanding, and the U.S. women haven't won since the Nagano games in 1998, so that victory meant a lot to the Americans, Chang said.

The crowd was going wild. It was actually my first hockey game, I've got to tell you it was just electric.

What can we still look forward to?

Newport Beach native Carlo Valdes makes his Olympic debut Friday in men's four-man bobsled. 

As the games wrap up, Chang also said to watch out for the finals of men's big air, a debut event in this Olympics.

And Chang said the games are sure to close with a truly beautiful event. 

It's always so spectacular to see the closing ceremony. The opening ceremony was just so beautiful and so I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what Korea has in store for the closing ceremony.

(Note: A previous version of this story misspelled Pyeongchang. It has since been corrected.)



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