Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics: Best Photos and Highlight Videos from Winter Games

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IFebruary 25, 2018

TOPSHOT - Norway's ski jumper and large hill bronze medallist Robert Johansson poses backstage at the Athletes' Lounge during the medal ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Medals Plaza during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI        (Photo credit should read MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Winter Olympics officially end on Sunday, with the closing ceremony set to take place at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, South Korea.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games have brought great drama and excitement as athletes from all over the world have come to South Korea to compete for glory. Norway have enjoyed a phenomenally successful tournament with a record number of medals, beating the United States' tally of 37 achieved at the 2010 Vancouver Games, per BBC Sport.

Great Britain have also surpassed their record haul of four medals, achieved at the 2014 Sochi Games. Billy Morgan's bronze medal in the big air was Team GB's fifth of the Winter Olympics. However, it was a different story for the U.S. Olympic team, who have fallen short of their expected haul of 37 medals, per the Associated Press (h/t the Guardian).

Here's a look back at some of the best photos and highlights from the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

The Games got off to a spectacular start with an extremely colourful opening ceremony.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: North Korean cheer leaders are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ian MacN
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The ceremony also saw North and South Korea march together under the Korean unification flag. The flag was jointly carried by North Korea's Hwang Chung-gum and South Korea's Won Yun-jong.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09:  The North Korea and South Korea Olympic teams enter together under the Korean Unification Flag during the Parade of Athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongCha
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American snowboarder Red Gerard was one of the early headline-makers. The 17-year-old took gold in the slopestyle, despite heading into the final run in last place. The teenager nailed his final outing to snatch a shock top spot and claim Team USA's first gold of the Winter Olympics.

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Norway were also making an early impression at the Games—and not just through their performances. Ski jumper Robert Johansson won two individual bronze medals and a gold in the team event, but it was his moustache that also attracted attention from around the world.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 06:  Ski jumper Robert Johansson of Norway poses for a portrait during previews ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Athlete Village on February 6, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Photo
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The Norwegian team were also making waves with their fashion sense. The men's curling team sported some eye-catching trousers, as they brought their own particular sense of style to South Korea.

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 16:  A detailed view of the pants or trousers worn by Havard Vad Petersson, Christoffer Svae, Thomas Ulsrud and Torger Nergard of Norway as they compete in the Curling Men's Round Robin Session 4  held at Gangneung Curlin
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Norway also had 21-year-old Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo scooping up gold medals. The cross-country skier was simply a cut above and returns home a hero with three gold medals to his name.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21: Hoesflot  Klaebo Johannes, Norway, celebrates winning during the men´s Cross Country Team Sprint Free Technique at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Ni
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The Jamaican bobsleigh team also garnered plenty of attention. The women's team were never in contention for Olympic glory but received plenty of support as they entered a bobsleigh team for the first time in 30 years.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21:  Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell of Jamaica slide  during the Women's Bobsleigh heats on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 21, 2018 i
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Over at the Gangneung Ice Arena, the figure skating was once again the focus of huge attention. Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir became Olympic champions for a second time, and the chemistry between the two skaters was there for all to see.

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Russian teenagers Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva also showed the world some incredible artistry and technique in the women's event. Zagitova, still only 15, pulled off a shock by snatching gold, with 19-year-old Medvedeva forced to settle for silver.

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The U.S. team had a tough time out on the ice. The great Olympic hope Nathan Chen suffered as his falls saw his medal hopes vanish. Meanwhile, Yuzuru Hanyu won Japan's first gold as he successfully defended his title in the men's event.

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The Games also saw snowboarder Ester Ledecka pull off a huge upset by winning the women's super-G. The Czech Republic star was the first athlete to compete in both snowboarding and skiing and could not hide her shock after taking the gold medal. Eurosport showed her reaction to her win:

The U.S. curling team also pulled off a surprise as the men claimed gold against Sweden. The Swedish team were favourites, but John Shuster's side secured the first Olympic curling gold in American history with a 10-7 win. NBC Olympics showed the jubilant scenes:

Elsewhere there was disappointment for British speedskater Elise Christie who fell in her first two events and was then disqualified from her third. BBC Sport showed how it was a sad end to the Olympic Games for the 27-year-old:

Yet Team GB did have reason to celebrate as Lizzy Yarnold successfully defended her skeleton title. The team's Twitter account showed how she wrote her name into the history books:

There were also some lighter moments at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, such as when snowboarder Daniela Ulbing came across an unusual obstacle in her giant snowboard slalom heat:

Sunday sees the final medals handed out before the Olympic flame is extinguished, signalling the end of the Games. The focus will then turn to China with Beijing set to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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