Ben Loomis competes during the individual gundersen normal hill/10-kilometer nordic combined competition at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 9, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.
Ben Loomis finishes in 15th in the men’s normal hill after averaging around 38th
The 23-year-old nordic combined athlete from Eau Claire, Wisconsin soared in Beijing. After finishing in the men’s normal hill in 40th in PyeongChang, the two-time Olympian upped his standing to come in 15th in Beijing. In the last competition Loomis competed in before Beijing, he placed 12th but averaged around 38th all season. That’s a massive jump for the 2016 Youth Olympics Winter Games silver medalist!
Speedskater Andrew Heo has his best finish in the men’s 1,000-meter short track, finishing in seventh
Heo had a lot to be happy about at his first Olympic Games. The 20-year-old speedskater finished in seventh place in the men’s 1,000-meter short track race. Before Beijing, the Warrington, Pennsylvania native had never crossed the line higher than 15th in a world cup or world championship, with an average finish of 38th. Heo also competed in the men’s 1,500-meter in Beijing and the mixed team relay, finishing eighth.
After hitting his peak at these Games, figure skater Jason Brown is savoring the moment
With eight years having passed since his last Winter Games, the two-time Olympian was thrilled to finish in the top 10 in Beijing earning sixth in the individual event in men’s figure skating. In 2014 in Sochi, Brown took ninth in the same event and bronze in the team event. The oldest singles’ competitor on Team USA’s roster at 27, he has yet to decide if he’ll keep competing after Beijing.
Lindsey Jacobellis, Nick Baumgartner win historic gold in Olympic debut of snowboard cross team event
Age might be nothing but a number, but for the oldest U.S. Olympian competing in Beijing, the number one has to feel pretty good. After four Olympics, Baumgartner won his first medal at the age of 40, thanks in part to fellow American Jacobellis, 36. The duo closed out their Beijing experience by taking first in the debut of the snowboardcross mixed team event. Both athletes competed in the individual snowboardcross earlier in the week, with Baumgartner finishing in 10th and Jacobellis winning Team USA’s first individual gold of the Games.