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ICYMI: Team USA Athletes Dominate The Slopes, Closing Ceremony & More From The Last Day At The Youth Olympic Games

By Lander Eicholzer | Jan. 22, 2020, 3:20 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. men's ice hockey team pose for a photo at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 on Jan. 22, 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Athletes at the 2020 Youth Olympic were divided into two groups based on the sport they would contest in Lausanne, Switzerland and the past week saw the second bunch of Team USA competitors descend on the Swiss Alps.  

American skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes in a variety of disciplines, including cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, ski jumping and more. This week, ice sports returned indoors after speedskating took place on Lake Como in St. Moritz. The American men’s hockey team was in action as they marched through tournament play, and the Games came to close with an amazing Closing Ceremony. 

Below are some favorite moments from Lausanne: 

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Bringing Home The Hardware
Double the trouble—roommates and freestyle skiers Kiernan Fagan and Hunter Henderson shared the podium in slopestyle. Following up his gold medal effort, Fagan also grabbed a silver in the big air event. 

A second American pair of Will Koch and Kendall Kramer each nabbed bronze in their respective cross-country ski races. 

Snowboarder Dusty Henricksen crushed it on the slopestyle course on his way to a decisive gold medal performance while freestyle skier Hannah Faulhaber capitalized in halfpipe to win bronze.













Snagging Silver
The U.S. men’s ice hockey team qualified for the final after defeating rival Canada in the semifinal and winning both preliminary games. In the final, the Americans couldn’t quite match their winning effort from four years ago, but still came away with a well-deserved silver medal.




Familiar Faces 
The Americans called in some reinforcements to mentor athletes and cheer them on from the sidelines. Jamie Greubel Poser, the bobsled bronze medalist from Sochi, and Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall were both in attendance, along with Alex Deibold, Tara Geraghty-Moats and Hannah Kearney.




Closing Out The Games
Freestyle skier Jenna Riccomini had the honor of serving as Team USA’s flag bearer to close out a hugely successful Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne!