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Team USA Concludes 2018 Winter Paralympics With Most Successful Performance In 16 Years

By Darci Miller | March 18, 2018, 12:48 p.m. (ET)

Fireworks explode during the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on March 18, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


The Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 concluded on March 18 with Team USA having one of its strongest ever showings at a Winter Games. The team of 74 athletes won 36 medals and finished at the top of the overall medal count.

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Below are some highlights from the outstanding performances of U.S. athletes in PyeongChang.

  • Team USA's total of 36 medals was its highest since 2002 when it won 43 at the home Games in Salt Lake City. It is also Team USA's best performance at a non-U.S. hosted Paralympic Games since 1994, when U.S. athletes won 43 medals in Lillehammer.

  • Team USA topped the gold medal count for the first time since 1992, leading in overall and gold medals on each day of the Games.

  • Team USA surpassed its medal total from the Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 (18) on the fifth day of competition in PyeongChang.

  • Oksana Masters leaves PyeongChang as the most decorated female U.S. athlete with fivemedals: gold in the sitting cross-country sprint and sitting cross-country 5-kilometer, silver in the sitting biathlon 6-kilometer and 12.5-kilometer, and bronze in the sitting cross-country 12-kilometer. On the men's side, Dan Cnossen earned six medals to walk away the most decorated man: gold in the sitting biathlon 7.5-kilometer, silvers in the sitting biathlon 12.5-kilometerand 15-kilometer and sitting cross-country 7.5-kilometerand 15-kilometer, and bronze in the sitting cross-country sprint.

  • PyeongChang saw the best Paralympic performance ever for the U.S. Nordic skiing team, which won 16 total medals. Its previous highest medal total was 5 in 2002.

  • Kendall Gretsch won the first-ever biathlon Olympic or Paralympic gold medal for a U.S. athlete when she won the sitting biathlon sprint.

  • The U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding Team won 13 medals in PyeongChang, up from four in 2014, including seven in the Paralympic debut of banked slalom.

  • The U.S. sled hockey team won its third consecutive Paralympic title, becoming the first sled hockey team ever to accomplish this feat.

  • There were 18 military veterans on the 2018 U.S. Paralympic Team that brought home a total of 9 medals.

  • Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen – gold, sitting biathlon 7.5km; silver, sitting biathlon 12.5km and 15km, and sitting cross-country 7.5km and 15km; bronze, sitting cross-country sprint

  • Army veteran Andy Soule – gold, sitting cross-country sprint; bronze, sitting biathlon 12.5km

  • Marine Corps veteran Ralph DeQuebec – gold, sled hockey

  • Marine Corps veteran Travis Dodson – gold, sled hockey

  • Marine Corps veteran Luke McDermott – gold, sled hockey

  • Army veteran Rico Roman – gold, sled hockey

  • Marine Corps veteran Josh Misiewicz – gold, sled hockey

  • Army veteran Jen Lee – gold, sled hockey