On the first full day of competition at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Games in Pyeongchang, sports fans from the host country of South Korea had an opportunity to celebrate as Lim Hyo-jun became the first ever South Korean to win Olympic gold in South Korea. Lim won the gold medal in the men's 1500m short track speed skating event.
Lim follows the outstanding tradition of short track speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games. South Korea has now won 21 gold medals in short track speed skating, 12 more than China, which is in second place with nine medals.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia also came away with their first ever Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Semion Elistratov won the bronze medal. The top American was Aaron Tran, who finished in 12th place (fifth in the B Final).
In the women's 500m short track speed skating, Arianna Fontana became Italy's first gold medalist at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Fontana also became the first Italian woman to ever win gold in short track speed skating. At the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Italy won the gold medal in the men's 5000m relay for their only other Olympic gold medal in short track speed skating. The top American was Maame Biney in 15th place.
In the women's 1500m short track speed skating, Min-jeong Choi of South Korea bounced back to win Olympic gold after being penalized in the A Final of the women's 500m for bumping into Kim Boutin of Canada. Boutin, who was awarded the bronze medal in the women's 500m and also won bronze in the women's 1500m, became the first Canadian ever to win two individual medals in short track speed skating at a single Olympic Winter Games. The top American was Lana Gehring in 21st place.
An American reached the podium in the men's 1000m short track speed skating event on Feb.17. John-Henry Krueger was the only American to win a medal on day eight of the Olympic Winter Games when he was successfully able to stay out of trouble in an accident-filled A Final where three skaters collided with one another behind him. Girard became the first Canadian ever to win the Olympic gold medal in the men's 1000 m short track speed skating event.
In the women's 3000m relay, South Korea won the gold medal for the sixth time. The Netherlands set a world record in the B Final with a time of 4:03.471 and unexpectedly won the bronze medal after Canada and China were controversially disqualified in the A Final.
In the men's 500m final, Dajing Wu of China won the Olympic gold medal in world record time of 39.584 seconds. Wu broke his own world record he set in the quarterfinals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang of a time of 39.800 seconds. South Korea's Dae-Heon Hwang and Hyo-Jun Lim won silver and bronze respectively. Of the 11 medals South Korea has won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, six have come in short track speed skating.The top American was Krueger in 23rd place.
In the women's 1000m final, Boutin became only the second short track speed skater ever to medal in all three individual distances at a single Olympic Winter Games when she won the silver medal. The first was Wang Meng of China at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. Suzanne Schulting meanwhile became the first short track speed skater from the Netherlands to ever win Olympic gold. In winning bronze, Arianna Fontana of Italy won her eighth Olympic medal. Fontana now holds the record for the most medals by a female short track speed skater ever and is tied with Victor Ahn of Russia and Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States for the most all-time. Jessica Kooreman was the top American in the 22nd place.
In the men's 5000m short track speed skating relay final, Hungary set an Olympic record with a time of 6:31.971. Shaoang Liu, Sandor Liu Shaolin, Viktor Knoch and Csaba Burjan delivered Hungary's first ever medal in short track speed skating and their first ever gold medal in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. The United States finished in fifth place as they won the B Final.
Here are all the winners in the short track speed skating events at the Winter Olympics 2018:
(results will be posted after each event)
Men's 1500m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Lim Hyo-Jun (South Korea) 2:10.485
SILVER: Sjinkie Knegt (Netherlands) 2:10.555
BRONZE: Semion Elistratov (Olympic Athletes from Russia) 2:10.687
Women's 500m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Arianna Fontana (Italy) 42.569
SILVER: Yara van Kerkhof (Netherlands) 43:256
BRONZE: Kim Boutin (Canada) 43.881
Women's 1500m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Min-Jeong Choi (South Korea) 2:24.948
SILVER: Jinyu Li (China) 2:25.703
BRONZE: Kim Boutin (Canada) 2:25.834
Men's 1000m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Samuel Girard (Canada) 1:24.65
SILVER: John-Henry Krueger (United States) 1:24.864
BRONZE: Yi-ra Seo (South Korea) 1:31.619
Women's 3000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: South Korea 4:07.361
SILVER: Italy 4:15.901
BRONZE: Netherlands (B Final winner)
Men's 500m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Dajing Wu (China) 39.584 (World Record)
SILVER: Dae-heon Hwang (South Korea) 39.854
BRONZE: Hyo-jun Lim (South Korea) 39.919
Women's 1000m Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Suzanne Schulting (Netherlands) 1:29.778
SILVER: Kim Boutin (Canada) 1:29.956
BRONZE: Arianna Fontana (Italy) 1:30.656
Men's 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating:
GOLD: Hungary 6:31.791 (Olympic Record)
SILVER: China 6:32.035
BRONZE: Canada 6:32.282