One year on - memories of PyeongChang 2018

The Winter Olympic Games took centre stage last February with the Korean joint march setting the tone for a spectacular 17 days of sport.

It's been a year since PyeongChang 2018.

South Korea gave us over two weeks of thrilling sporting action brimming with excellence and emotion. .

We've picked out some of the best moments from those Winter Games which began in spectacular style.

Unity and a gesture of peace

It all started on 9 February 2018 with the Opening Ceremony.

In two and a half hours of glitz and glamour, there was one moment which drew the loudest cheers: the entrance of hosts South Korea with their North Korean counterparts, marching as one behind the Korean Unification Flag.

The two nations also came together to field a joint women's ice hockey team, which played its first game the following day.

The first 'millenial' Winter Games champion

American snowboarder Redmond 'Red' Gerard made history just three days into the Games.

Less than a year after suffering near-fatal injuries in a crash, Sochi slopestyle bronze medallist Mark McMorris led going into the final run.

But after two disappointing runs, Gerard nailed his third and final effort to become the first Winter Olympic gold medallist born this millennium.

McMorris had to settle for bronze again as team-mate Max Parrot snatched silver with the last run of the competition.

Men's Slopestyle, Final - Snowboard | PyeongChang 2018 Replays

Men's Slopestyle, Final - Snowboard | PyeongChang 2018 Replays

Kim delivers on biggest stage of all

Born in California to Korean parents, 17-year-old Chloe Kim carried the hopes of two nations at PyeongChang.

The double Winter YOG gold medallist from 2016 was clearly the best halfpipe snowboarder in the world, but would the pressure tell?

The answer was a resounding 'no' as Kim, who even found time to tweet between runs, did enough to secure gold on her first run before landing back-to-back 1080s on her victory lap to emphasise her dominance.

Hirscher - at last

Perhaps the only athlete going into PyeongChang with as much pressure as Kim was alpine skiing star Marcel Hirscher.

The Austrian had won six consecutive World Cup overall titles and six World Championship gold medals, but Olympic gold had proved elusive.

Hirscher's first event in Korea was the combined, and he quickly completed a full set of titles with a flawless run on a tricky slalom course.

A second gold followed in the giant slalom but he suffered disappointment in the slalom as he missed a gate on the first run.

White completes treble

Just four months before PyeongChang, two-time halfpipe Olympic champion Shaun White had 62 stitches in his face after a big training crash in New Zealand.

Two months later, the American was back in action before booking his place in Korea.

White trailed Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into the final run, but 'The Flying Tomato' came up with the goods to clinch a third Olympic gold and underline his status as the greatest snowboarder in history.

Cologna and Madrazo achieve personal milestones

The men's 15km freestyle cross country skiing proved conclusively that winning isn't everything.

Dario Cologna retained his title to claim his fourth Olympic title, but the biggest cheers were reserved for German Madrazo whose time was some 25 minutes slower than the Swiss.

After crossing the line, the Mexican was greeted by his fellow unlikely Winter Olympians - Colombia's Sebastian Uprimny, Morocco's Samir Azzimani, Kequyen Lam of Portugal, and Tonga's topless flagbearer Pita Taufatofua.

And in scenes reminiscent of Nagano 1998 when Bjoern Daehlie waited for Kenya's Philip Boit to reach the finish, 'Super Dario' then offered his congratulations to the gang of five.

Iron Man Yun delights home crowd

Away from the speed skating rink, skeleton star Yun Sung-bin carried the weight of home expectation in PyeongChang.

The 23-year-old had won five rounds out of eight to clinch his first World Cup title and was a warm favourite at the Alpensia Sliding Centre where he had practised regularly.

Sporting his familiar 'Iron Man' helmet, Yun dominated from the start.

He clocked the fastest time on each run, finishing with a track record, to win by a huge 1.63 seconds from OAR's Nikita Tregubov and claim South Korea's first non-skating Winter Olympic gold.

Ledecka shakes up the world

In a Games full of star performances, Ester Ledecka arguably provided the highlight of them all.

The Czech was a two-time defending world champion in snowboard parallel giant slalom, but had shown ability on skis with seventh place in the Lake Louise downhill in December.

And with Anna Veith thinking she had retained her Olympic super-G title, Ledecka - wearing start bib 26 - beat her time by one-hundredth of a second on skis borrowed from Mikaela Shiffrin.

Seven days later, the 22-year-old was unstoppable back on her board and became the first woman to win gold in two different sports at the same Olympic Games.

Hanyu's rare double

Before PyeongChang, no man had won consecutive men's singles figure skating titles since Dick Button triumphed in 1948 and 1952.

Defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu came to Korea under a huge injury cloud having not competed since damaging ankle ligaments in training for December's NHK Trophy.

But the 23-year-old defied his physical issues to beat Japanese team-mate Shoma Uno and training partner Javier Fernandez, elevating his fame to stratospheric heights.

Vonn bows out with bronze

After a knee injury forced her to miss Sochi 2014, 2010 downhill champion Lindsey Vonn was back for her fourth and final Games.

The 33-year-old tied for sixth in the super-G before her last Olympic race, the downhill.

Vonn skied well but had to settle for bronze behind Sofia Goggia, thus becoming the oldest female to win an Olympic alpine skiing medal.

She dedicated her medal to her grandfather who passed away three months before PyeongChang.

Zagitova edges out Medvedeva

Throughout 2016 and 2017, Evgenia Medvedeva had established herself as the top female figure skater in the world.

But at the European Championships in Moscow a month before PyeongChang, she suffered her first defeat for two years at the hands of her 15-year-old training partner Alina Zagitova.

There was little to choose between the OAR team-mates in Korea with the youngster's world record short program proving decisive.

The judges awarded them identical scores in the free skate as Zagitova's greater technical difficulty narrowly prevailed over the double world champion's artistry.

Bjoergen rewrites the record books

Norway's Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time in Korea.

Taking part in her fifth and final Games, cross-country skier Bjoergen matched her tally of five medals from Vancouver 2010 to take her total to 15.

She added to her six golds from previous games in the 4x5km relay.

And in the last event of PyeongChang 2018, Bjoergen won the 30km classic mass start to draw level with compatriots Ole Einar Bjoerndalen and Bjorn Daehlie on a record eight gold medals.

OAR break German hearts

The ice hockey tournament saved its best for last as OAR's men snatched a thrilling victory.

Surprise packages Germany looked set for gold when Jonas Mueller put them 3-2 up with 3:16 remaining.

But despite having a man in the penalty box, Nikita Gusev levelled inside the final minute with Kirill Kaprizov scoring the winner in overtime.

OAR's gold was the first title for a Russia-affiliated ice hockey team since Albertville 1992.

OAR v GER (Gold Medal Match) - Men's Ice Hockey | PyeongChang 2018 Replays

OAR v GER (Gold Medal Match) - Men's Ice Hockey | PyeongChang 2018 Replays

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