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Team USA’s 28 Best Olympic Moments

You might be surprised at how many historical moments the United States had in Sochi.

1. Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg wins the first gold medal of the Olympics, introduces the world to “Spoice.”

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What does “spoice” mean? According to Sage, “you can use it for whatever.”

3. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir become America’s favorite odd couple.

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The duo served as live broadcasting analysts during the figure skating events.

4. Ashley Wagner becomes a household name after reacting candidly to her score during the figure skating team event.

She was apparently not very happy about the judges’ scores.

5. Snowboarder Jamie Anderson wins gold in the Olympic debut of women’s slopestyle.

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6. U.S. figure skating wins bronze in the first-ever team competition.

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7. Julia Mancuso adds to her historic medal count, capturing bronze in super-combined.

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Mancuso now has four Olympic medals in Alpine skiing, the most of any US woman.

9. Erin Hamlin becomes the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge.

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Hamlin won bronze.

10. Cross-country skier Sophie Caldwell finishes in sixth place, the best ever for a U.S. female Olympian.

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Caldwell suffered a fall in the final, causing her to immediately drop to sixth place out of the six competitors in the last round. Still — not bad.

11. Devin Logan captures silver in the Olympic debut of women’s ski slopestyle.

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12. Kaitlyn Farrington and Kelly Clark take gold and bronze, respectively, in women’s snowboard halfpipe.

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Kaitlyn Farrington (middle) and Kelly Clark (right).

13. USA sweeps the Olympic debut of men’s ski slopestyle.

From left: Gus Kenworthy (silver), Joss Christensen (gold), and Nicholas Goepper (bronze).

14. Figure skater Jeremy Abbott triumphantly finishes his routine after a terrible fall.

The four-time U.S. figure skating champion skated the final part of his routine to big applause after crashing hard onto the ice and into the wall.

15. Noelle Pikus-Pace wins silver in women’s skeleton after coming out of retirement.

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The 31-year-old mother of two missed the Torino Games after shattering her right leg and was just a tenth of a second short of a medal in Vancouver.

16. Team USA defeats Russia in an incredible shootout finish behind Olympic breakout star T.J. Oshie.

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The United States men’s hockey team defeated Russia 3-2 in a shootout that went eight rounds long, featuring four shootout goals by T.J. Oshie.

17. First-time Olympian Matt Antoine breaks a 12-year medal drought by winning the bronze in men’s skeleton.

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18. Andrew Weibrecht and Bode Miller take silver and bronze, respectively, in men’s super-G.

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Bode Miller broke down into tears after the bronze medal win — his sixth Olympic medal and the most of any U.S. skier.

19. Meryl Davis and Charlie White become the first American Olympic champions in ice dancing.

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The six-time American champs and two-time world champs won silver in Vancouver in 2010.

20. Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton win bronze in two-man bobsled, becoming the first Americans to medal in the event since 1952.

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Langton (left) and Holcomb (right).

21. Alex Deibold wins bronze in snowboardcross.

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In 2010, Deibold served as the wax technician for the U.S. snowboard team in Vancouver. This was his first Olympics as an athlete.

22. David Wise wins gold in the Olympic debut of ski halfpipe.

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23. Ted Ligety becomes the first American male alpine skier to win gold in giant slalom.

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With the win, Ligety also became the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing.

24. Team USA finishes second and third in women’s two-man bobsled.

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From left: US silver medalists pilot Elana Meyers and brakewoman Lauryn Williams, US bronze medalist pilot Jamie Greubel and brakewoman Aja Evans. The second place finish made Williams the fifth Olympian ever to medal in both the Winter and Summer Games.

25. Maddie Bowman wins gold in the Olympic debut of ski halfpipe.

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26. U.S. speedskaters avoid a medal shutout by capturing silver in the men’s 5000m short-track relay.

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From left: J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone, Chris Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez.

27. Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the youngest Olympic Alpine champion ever.

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The 18-year-old finished ahead of Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel, both of Austria, in women’s slalom.

28. The U.S. four-man bobsled capture bronze, the final medal of the Olympics for Team USA on the final day of the Games.

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With this finish, Holcomb and Langton became the first American bobsledders in the same time period to leave the Olympics with two medals.

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