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PHOTOS: Highlights Of Week 1 At The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim, 17, soars to a gold medal in the halfpipe.
U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim, 17, soars to a gold medal in the halfpipe.

By the time the first week wrapped up at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the powerful, icy winds that earlier disrupted or delayed competition had largely calmed. Norway's team led in medals, with 19, and Germany won more gold — nine medals — in the first week than any other country.

The U.S., meanwhile, earned eight medals by Friday, including five gold. Snowboarder Redmond "Red" Gerard, a 17-year-old who overslept on the day of his event and had to borrow a too-big jacket after he couldn't find his own, clinched Team USA's first gold medal last Sunday.

North Korean figure skaters made their Olympic debut; a Tongan cross-country skier crossed the finish line after only three months of experience on snow. U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams scuffled. Every day, there was curling.

Here is a look at some of the athletes, competition and other highlights of the past week in Pyeongchang.

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Mirai Nagasu of the United States exults after landing a triple axel during the team figure skating event. Nagasu is the first American woman to successfully complete the jump at the Olympics.
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Mirai Nagasu of the United States exults after landing a triple axel during the team figure skating event. Nagasu is the first American woman to successfully complete the jump at the Olympics.

U.S. speedskater Maame Biney, 18, competes in the 500-meter quarterfinal on Tuesday.
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U.S. speedskater Maame Biney, 18, competes in the 500-meter quarterfinal on Tuesday.

The crowd watches the men's luge competition.
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The crowd watches the men's luge competition.

Team USA's Adam Rippon competes in the men's short program on Friday.
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Team USA's Adam Rippon competes in the men's short program on Friday.

North Korea's Kim Ju Sik lifts Ryom Tae Ok during the pairs free skate final at Gangneung Ice Arena. The pair scored a personal best of 193.63 and finished 13th in their Olympic debut.
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North Korea's Kim Ju Sik lifts Ryom Tae Ok during the pairs free skate final at Gangneung Ice Arena. The pair scored a personal best of 193.63 and finished 13th in their Olympic debut.

North Korean supporters sing ahead of the pairs free skate final in the Gangneung Ice Arena.
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North Korean supporters sing ahead of the pairs free skate final in the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard (right), the first Team USA gold medalist of the Pyeongchang Games, gives Canadian silver medalist Max Parrot a high-five during the victory ceremony for men's snowboard slopestyle.
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Seventeen-year-old Red Gerard (right), the first Team USA gold medalist of the Pyeongchang Games, gives Canadian silver medalist Max Parrot a high-five during the victory ceremony for men's snowboard slopestyle.

Russian Denis Kornilov trains Thursday for the men's large hill individual ski jumping.
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Russian Denis Kornilov trains Thursday for the men's large hill individual ski jumping.

Team Canada's goalkeeper Genevieve Lacasse is mobbed by her teammates after defeating Team USA in women's hockey on Thursday.
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Team Canada's goalkeeper Genevieve Lacasse is mobbed by her teammates after defeating Team USA in women's hockey on Thursday.

U.S. snowboarder Shaun White wraps himself in the U.S. flag after winning gold in the men's halfpipe. He was later criticized for dragging a flag on the ground.
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U.S. snowboarder Shaun White wraps himself in the U.S. flag after winning gold in the men's halfpipe. He was later criticized for dragging a flag on the ground.

Pita Taufatofua of Tonga — who grabbed attention by marching shirtless as his country's flag-bearer in the Olympics opening ceremony — comes in 114th on Friday in the men's cross-country skiing 15-kilometer race. Taufatofua, who had been skiing on snow for only three months, finished ahead of two other skiers.
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Pita Taufatofua of Tonga — who grabbed attention by marching shirtless as his country's flag-bearer in the Olympics opening ceremony — comes in 114th on Friday in the men's cross-country skiing 15-kilometer race. Taufatofua, who had been skiing on snow for only three months, finished ahead of two other skiers.

Franziska Preuss of Germany competes in the women's 15-kilometer individual biathlon on Thursday.
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Franziska Preuss of Germany competes in the women's 15-kilometer individual biathlon on Thursday.

North Korean cheerleaders and members of an orchestra perform at the Gangneung Olympic Park.
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North Korean cheerleaders and members of an orchestra perform at the Gangneung Olympic Park.

Official Jenni Heikkinen (No. 64) of Finland tries to separate women's hockey players Kelly Pannek (No. 12) of the United States and Laura Stacey (No. 7) of Canada as they scuffle.
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Official Jenni Heikkinen (No. 64) of Finland tries to separate women's hockey players Kelly Pannek (No. 12) of the United States and Laura Stacey (No. 7) of Canada as they scuffle.

Men compete during the snowboard cross quarterfinals on Thursday.
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Men compete during the snowboard cross quarterfinals on Thursday.

Slippers prepare the ski course before the first run of the women's giant slalom.
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Slippers prepare the ski course before the first run of the women's giant slalom.

Kaitlyn Lawes of Canada throws her rock on the way to a win against Norway in the curling mixed doubles semifinals.
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Kaitlyn Lawes of Canada throws her rock on the way to a win against Norway in the curling mixed doubles semifinals.