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Brenna Huckaby makes her Paralympic debut in PyeongChang. (Photo Courtesy of Danny Chin/Wheelchair Sports Federation

Medal Count for Team USA

Online Exclusive posted Monday, March 12, 2018 - 1:48pm

Team USA is on fire at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang.

The 2018 Paralympics started three days ago, and team USA is earning medals left and right. They currently have the most medals with a total of 15, ranging from gold to bronze. Here is a breakdown of team USA’s medal count.

Gold:

Women’s 6km Sprint, sitting – Kendall Gretsch

Gretsch was the first athlete to earn gold for team USA at the 2018 Paralympics and it was also her first Paralympic event and the first U.S. women’s biathlon medal in both the Paralympics and the Olympics. 

Women’s 12km, Cross-Country Skiing, sitting – Kendall Gretsch

Gretsch continues to make a name for herself at her Paralympic debut and earned a second gold medal. 

Men’s Downhill sitting – Andrew Kurka

Kurka earned his first gold medal the first day of the Paralympics with an amazing time of 1:24.11.

Men’s 7.5km Sprint, sitting – Dan Cnossen

Cnossen earned his first gold medal of his Paralympic career. The Navy SEAL veteran had a shaky start to his run but managed to come out on top winning gold during the first day of the biathlon competition. Cnossen was also the first American to win gold in biathlon.

Men’s Snowboard Cross – Lower Limb 1 Impaired – Mike Schultz

Schultz made his Paralympic debut by taking home a gold medal over defending world champion, Chris Vos from the Netherlands.

Women’s Snowboard Cross – Lower Limb 1 Impaired – Brenna Huckaby

Huckaby is making her name known. The 21-year-old defending world champion earned her first gold medal in her first ever Paralympic competition and is favored to take home gold in Friday’s banked slalom races.

 

Silver:

Men’s Super-G, sitting – Andrew Kurka

Kurka continues to get sweet redemption after breaking his back before the competition in Sochi in 2014. He returned to the podium for the second day in a row, this time earning a silver medal after finishing just a little more than one second behind gold medalist Kurt Oatway of Canada.

Women’s 6km Sprint, Sitting – Oksana Masters

Masters earned a silver medal in biathlon on Saturday, March 10. She finished 22.8 seconds behind first place, resulting in her first medal in PyeongChang.

Men’s 15km, sitting – Dan Cnossen

Cnossen took home his second medal in PyeongChang, earning silver in cross-country skiing.

Men’s Snowboard Cross – Lower Limb 2 Impaired – Keith Gabel

Gabel earned a silver medal, upgrading his medal from the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi where he won bronze.

Snowboard Cross – Lower Limb 1 Impaired – Amy Purdy

Purdy grabbed a silver medal, just behind gold medalist and teammate, Huckaby. Purdy added her silver medal to her bronze from the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.

 

Bronze:

Women’s Downhill Sitting – Laurie Stephens

Stephens takes home her seventh Paralympic medal, earning bronze. Stephens is the most decorated athlete of the Paralympics.

Women’s 12km Sitting – Oksana Masters

Masters won her second medal, claiming bronze. She adds to medal count, with a total of five medals. This is Master’s fourth time competing in the Paralympics.

Men’s Snowboard Cross – Upper Limb Impaired – Michael Minor

Minor made his Paralympic debut in PyeongChang and earned bronze, his first Paralympic medal.

Men’s Snowboard Cross – Lower Limb 1 Impaired – Noah Elliot

Elliot joined teammate, Schultz, on the podium earning bronze in his Paralympic debut.

 

The intense competition continues throughout March 18. You can watch the games on NBCsports.com

 

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