After Russia's frenzy of youth success on Friday in South Korea, the United States struck back with an illustrious start to the weekend, first with a silver medal in snowboarding big air thanks to a first-time Olympian of their own on Saturday -- Friday night in Eastern time -- and then with a historic gold from John Shuster and the curling team in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Kyle Mack, Team USA's 20-year-old snowboarding standout, outdid all but Canada's Sebastien Toutant to start the weekend haul, and then Shuster etched his name into Olympic history as the country's first men's curling champion in more than a decade.
The silver performance, which at one point seemed as if it could've been part of a U.S. podium sweep, followed the women's figure skating finale from the day before, when Alina Zagitova, just 15 years old, won a gold medal for Russia with a combined score of 239.57 -- even though Russia can't win gold medals at these Winter Olympics. Evgenia Medvedeva, Zagitova's friend and fiercest rival, settled for the silver (238.26) after both skaters made the judges squirm by turning in near-flawless long programs.
Team USA may have entered the week well below its medal forecast for the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it sure hasn't lacked for thrilling gold-medal moments. Shaun White. Chloe Kim. Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins. And don't forget the United States women's hockey team, which delivered the capper on the most prolific day yet for Team USA on Thursday in South Korea with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over rival Canada for gold.
Goalie Maddie Rooney, just 20 years old, made the save of her life to clinch that victory, earning the United States women their first Olympics gold since the 1998 Olympics. Although it was a thrilling day for the United States, it did feature heartbreak for Lindsey Vonn, who saw her last, best chance to win a gold medal vanish in an instant in the slalom portion of the combined. Mikaela Shiffrin held on for a silver medal -- her second medal of these Olympics -- while Vonn, the last skier to race in the slalom after winning the downhill portion, hooked a tip around a gate near the top of the course and was out.
Elsewhere, Team USA's David Wise and Alex Ferreira went 1-2 in the men's ski halfpipe final, and Jamie Anderson picked up a silver in an awesome debut for snowboarding big air at the Olympics. It's Anderson's second medal at these Olympics, to go with her gold in slopestyle, and her third overall.
Here's where Team USA currently sits in the medal count: