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7 Unexpected Perks of Winter Race Training

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Spring race days have their perks: mild temps, a shared it's-finally-sunny-out energy, and a positive kick-start to the season. But training for spring races (i.e., braving freezing cold temps week after week if you live in the North, and dealing with a limited number of hours for daylit runs)? That can be daunting.

The Most Inspiring Moments from the 2018 Winter Olympics

Chloe Kim's Casual Win

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When snagging first place, 17-year-old Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to ever win a gold medal in the halfpipe in the Olympics. She also won over everyone's hearts when she tweeted about her ice cream craving in between runs.

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Adam Rippon's Olympic Debut

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Adam Rippon's beautiful Olympic debut to a Coldplay mash-up won third place and gave everyone watching all the feels. Rippon and Gus Kenworthy made history in Pyeongchang as the first openly gay athletes to represent the U.S. at the Olympics.

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Marit Bjoergen's Historic Medal Win

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Marit Bjoergen, a skier representing Norway, earned her 14th medal by taking bronze with her teammates for the team sprint. Bjoergen is now the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympic history.

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Lindsey Vonn's Final Downhill Race

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Lindsey Vonn has announced that Pyeongchang will be her last Olympics. Vonn won bronze for her last downhill race, then dedicated the run to her late grandfather in a touching post-race interview with NBC.

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Red Gerard's Win

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Snowboarder Red Gerard won the U.S.'s first gold in the 2018 Olympics. He woke up late before competing and then dropped an F-bomb on TV after finding out he won. Olympians, they're just like us.

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The "Shib Sibs" Make History

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While some people don't get along with their siblings enough to share a room, "Shib Sibs" Maia and Alex Shibutani earned a bronze Olympic medal together for the U.S. They became the first athletes of Asian descent to medal in ice dancing. (BTW, here's the difference between figure skating and ice dancing.)

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Ester Ledecká's Upset

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A snowboarder first and foremost, no one saw Czech Republic's Ester Ledecká gold medal in the Super-G coming. Ledecká's visibly shocked reaction to her own win made the rounds on the internet. (Related: Are They or Aren't They Dating? The Hottest Olympic Ice Skating Partners)

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Mirai Nagasu's Triple Axel

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If you're at all familiar with figure skating, you know landing a triple axel is a BFD. After being cut from the U.S. figure skating team traveling to Sochi four years ago, Mirai Nagasu made a huge comeback and became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

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Mirai Nagasu's Triple Axel

If you're at all familiar with figure skating, you know landing a triple axel is a BFD. After being cut from the U.S. figure skating team traveling to Sochi four years ago, Mirai Nagasu made a huge comeback and became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

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