Best ski jumping (and mustache) moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics
The one ski jumping image you'll probably remember from the PyeongChang Games is Robert Johansson's stellar mustache. And rightfully so, but there was also some terrific, nail-biting action. History was made and medals were won. Take a look back at the best ski jumping moments from the 2018 Winter Games.
Norway's Robert Johansson becomes an overnight internet sensation
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Japan's Noriaki Kasai makes Olympic history
Kasai earned 117.7 points for his jump in the normal hill qualifiers. Seems pretty uneventful but with tthat jump, Kasai officially made his record eighth Winter Olympics appearance.
Don't count out the 'stache
You'll remember Johansson's mustache but will you remember his ski jumping?
Turns out he's pretty good on the hills, too. Johansson won three medals in PyeongChang. He and Germany's Andreas Wellinger became just the seventh and eighth athletes to ever medal in all three ski jumping events. After taking the bronze in the normal and large hill events, Johansson finally claimed the gold, leading Norway to the team large hill top spot.
It doesn't get more clutch than Norway's Maren Lundby
Norway's ski jumping success wasn't limited to just the men, though. The favorite heading into the women's individual normal hill event -- the only women's ski jumping event in PyeongChang -- Lundby needed a monstrous final jump to claim the gold. Man, did she answer the call.
Team USA's Sarah Hendrickson champions Olympic equality
Lundby's gold wouldn't have been possible without an assist from Hendrickson. The 23-year-old was one of several women who filed a lawsuit to allow women to compete in Olympic ski jumping. The lawsuit failed but the damage was done. The women's individual normal hill was added to the 2014 Sochi Games, where Hendrickson became the first woman to compete in the event.
Hendrickson's farewell tour?
Hendrickson was once a rising star in the sport and the U.S.'s best shot at ending a 94-year ski jumping medal drought. But mulitple torn ACLs derailed her career as she struggled to return to her podium form. She finished 19th in PyeongChang -- what she said could be her last Olympic Games -- but radiated positivity even as her name slid down the leaderboard.
Germany's Andreas Wellinger breaks out
Wellinger was the breakout star of the Games, announcing himself as the man to beat early in PyeongChang. Wellinger, just 22 years old, won the normal hill event for his first career individual gold, fighting back tears when he found out he had won. In total, Wellinger left PyeongChang with a gold and two silver medals.
King Kamil repeats
Poland's Kamil Stoch, after finishing fourth in the normal hill, defended his large hill crown with an impressive final jump to edge out Wellinger.
Saving the best for last
In the final ski jumping event of PyeongChang -- the team large hill -- it again came down to Wellinger, Stoch and Johansson. This time, Johansson was able to overthrow the others and earn the gold for Norway.
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