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In modern Olympics history, no openly gay athlete had ever won a gold medal until Eric Radford did so this week. The 33-year-old Radford earned the gold medal in Team Figure Skating in Pyeongchang along with his partner, Meagan Duhamel. Adam Rippon (who was the first openly gay athlete to ever be named to the US Winter Olympics team) took home the bronze medal.

"This is amazing! I literally feel like I might explode with pride," Radford told the Twitter world. He and Duhamel won the gold for Canada while skating to Adele's Hometown Glory.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner. As one of the most popular sports in the Games, figure skating is on people's minds; fans are itching to learn more about the figure skating, and which figure skaters will be representing the US. Many fresh faces will be taking the ice with high hopes of walking away with the gold.

The US has three women, three men, three ice dance pairs, and one pairs team in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO - DECEMBER 10: Jaime Anderson competes in the final of the FIS Snowboard World Cup 2018 Ladies' Big Air (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature four brand new games. Each features either more elaborate rules or bigger spectacle, presumably to capture the awe of today's audiences. One of these exciting events is Big Air Snowboarding. Spoiler alert: it's exactly what it sounds like.

Of course, it will probably be fun to watch the spectacle of the game itself. But if you're interested in tracking the medals in this event, there are some nuances you might want to know beforehand. Keep reading for a primer on the scoring for this event!

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 12, 2017: Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander Krushelnitsky of the Russia 1 Team compete in the final of the Sochi International Mixed Doubles event (Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

The 2018 Winter Olympics are set to feature four new and exciting games. One of those is mixed doubles curling, a new and wacky variation of the classic sport. While the game might be hard to follow at first, the new rules add a couple of fun twists that audiences are likely to enjoy overall.

Representing the U.S. this year will be Becca and Matt Hamilton. The two siblings will also represent the U.S. in team curling. For those interested in the gameplay for this new variant, we've got the full details below; make sure to read up before the Olympics take place in February!

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