By Allie Dosmann | Dec. 11, 2018, 2:30 p.m. (ET)
Chloe Kim smiles at the 2018 Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on Dec. 8, 2018 at Copper Mountain, Colo.

 

Last week, podiums were topped and medals were earned. We are in the thick of winter sport season for Team USA athletes, and they are stepping up to the challenge. Chloe Kim had a golden weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin doesn't remember how to lose, and Shaun White is preparing to top a different kind of podium. Now, sit back, relax and let's recap.

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1. It’s nearly the end of the year, which means it's time to get ready for a lot of reflection back on a successful 2018. The United States Olympic Committee honored three supporting coaches for their tireless efforts to serve their athletes. Congratulations to Leandro Spina (sailing), Mary Hodge (Para powerlifting) and Ingmar Jungnickel (speedskating).

2. USA Swimming is making moves. The head coaches for the men’s and women’s 2020 Olympic teams were announced, which is a big task considering swimming won 16 of Team USA’s 46 total gold medals in Rio. Greg Meehan and Dave Durden come to USA Swimming with established NCAA resumes and past roles as assistant coaches, with Meehan from Stanford and Durden from Cal. Welcome to the team! 

3. “I think being presented with something new is exactly what I need in my life.”

Shaun White just had a remarkable performance at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, but he’s not done yet. He’s working to make his summer Olympic debut at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

4. Last weekend, Mikaela Shiffrin made history as the first alpine skier, male or female, to win all six alpine skiing disciplines with her first-ever super-G victory. What does that really mean? We dove into what went into that process. She had to utilize a different technique, adjust her mindset and more. 

5. Shiffrin proceeded to take home another super-G W this weekend, so it’s safe to say she’s in the zone. This win marked world cup victory number 48 for Shiffrin.

6. The stage is set and the groups drawn for the 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup. Current mood: Carli Llyod.

Curling is catching on

7. This weekend, USA Curling hosted a World Cup stop in Omaha, Nebraska. The event and the TV coverage that go along with it are just another example of the remarkable year of growth curling has had over the last 10 years and, specifically, the last year.

8. Team Shuster answered the bell following the opportunity to play on home ice and won the gold in an Olympic final rematch.

9. We are counting down our favorite video moments of 2018, and this one we won’t soon forget.

10. Another snowboarding competition, another show of domination from Chloe Kim. Kim won the halfpipe competition at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix by over 7 points and was the only woman to finish with a score over 90.

11. You know, all in a day's work.

Figure skating update

12. Fall down, get back up. That’s what Team USA athletes do. Meryl Davis and Charlie White talked about how a poor showing at the ISU Grand Prix in Russia in 2008 gave them the motivation they needed to bounce all the way back to a silver in the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 and a gold in Sochi four years later.

13. "I just want to keep improving."

A perfect finish for Nathan Chen. Chen was named the Grand Prix Final champion for his second consecutive season and concludes 2018 grand prix competition undefeated.

14. Are Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue the team to beat? The pair won the Grand Prix Final, becoming only the second U.S. ice dance team to ever do so. The last time an American duo won the final, they proceeded to win it five consecutive times. Talk about some big skates to fill. 

15. The U.S. men’s rugby sevens team got its second straight silver this weekend, which means….