By the Numbers: Triple Axels, Slopestyle Spills and More

Mirai Nagasu, Jamie Anderson and the Canadian women's hockey team highlight Monday's notable numbers in Pyeongchang.

An American figure skater made history, Jamie Anderson defended her title in the women's slopestyle and the Canadian women's hockey team kicked off its bid for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal in blistering fashion.

Here's a look at the 2018 Winter Games by the numbers. 

1. Mirai Nagasu has become the first American woman — and third overall — to land a triple axel in the Olympics, accomplishing the rare feat in the women's free skate at the team competition in Pyeongchang.

The 24-year-old from Montebello, California, skated first of the five women and led off her routine with the triple axel just 21 seconds in. The feat drew huge cheers from the crowd at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

Japan's Midori Ito and Mao Asada have also landed triple axels during the Olympics.

Nagasu completed a flawless routine, pumping both fists as she finished and got a standing ovation from the excited crowd. She received a personal-best score of 137.53.

The Americans won the bronze medal with 62 points. Canada took the gold (73 points), and Russia won the silver (62 points).

83.00. The score snowboarder Jamie Anderson of the U.S. posted in her first of two runs. She then watched it hold up as rider after rider either crashed or bailed. Anderson defended her title in Olympic women's slopestyle snowboarding on Monday, surviving blustery and treacherous conditions at Phoenix Snow Park to give the United States its second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Anderson was one of the few riders in the final to navigate the tricky series of rails and jumps safely as the wind wreaked havoc on the field, turning the final almost into a matter of survival.

3. The number of consecutive gold medals won by Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer. Kramer won the 5,000 meters at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday for his third straight gold medal over the distance, becoming the first man to achieve that streak.

"It never gets old. The Games never get old," he said. It was his fourth career gold medal and eighth overall spread over a dozen years, putting him among the greats of the Winter Games.

5. Number of riders, out of 25 who competed in Monday’s women’s slopestyle snowboarding, that landed their first runs. Most of the others fell in the strong cross-winds, while a few just failed to build up enough speed to reach the crest of a ramp. Some riders questioned why the event was held at all, with Norway’s Silje Norendal approaching the event director about postponing it, Reuters reported. But American Hailey Langland, who fell on the first run but finished sixth, told the newswire that the conditions were manageable. “We are snowboarders and should be able to deal with it. The girls on the podium showed that and that is why they are up there,” she said. First on the podium was her teammate Jamie Anderson, who retained her title. (See above.)

5-0. The Canadian women's hockey team kicked off its bid for a fifth straight Olympic gold medal in smothering fashion. Canada broke open a scoreless game with three goals in the second period and shut out the Russians 5-0 Sunday night.

The Canadians dominated the Russians competing under the Olympic flag after the country was banned from the games for revelations of a massive doping operation. The International Olympic Committee cleared 168 competitors to take part as "Olympic Athletes from Russia," but this team was missing six players.

6. Six new countries are making their Olympic debut at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. Ecuador, Eritrea and Kosovo are competing in Alpine skiing, Malaysia in Alpine skiing and figure skating, Nigeria in bobsled and skeleton, and Singapore in short track speed skating.

15. The Winter Olympics features 15 sports from Alpine skiing to curling to luge to speed skating. The Summer Games has about three times as many sports.

22. The number of athletes sent to the games by North Korea. North Korea's Alpine skiing coach says it's an "honor" to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics, though he doesn't expect much from any of his three athletes. North Korea initially had no athletes entered after its Olympic committee missed a confirmation deadline for a pair of skaters who had qualified to compete in the games.

"It's our honor to take part in the Olympics. We surely have to win competitions but I mean attending the Olympics has a significant meaning," the North's Alpine coach, Pyon Yong Do, said after a meeting of coaches on Sunday.

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