PYEONGCHANG, South Korea
The U.S. Olympic team will leave Pyeongchang with its lowest medal haul in 20 years — a number even worse than it looks because of all the new, American-friendly sports that have been added to the program over the past two decades.
The U.S. finished with 23 medals. It’s the poorest showing since 1998, four years before a home Olympics in Salt Lake City sparked a renaissance for the country’s winter sports program.
Alan Ashley, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s chief of sport performance, wasn’t shirking from the bad result.
“We’re going to take a hard look at what occurred here,” he said Sunday at the USOC’s closing news conference.