Germany once again showed it is a master at winter sports, placing second in the overall medal count at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics with 31 medals. The country tied with first place leader Norway when it came to the gold medal tally with both nations winning an impressive 14 gold medals.
The games are now officially closed, but you can relive some of Germany’s greatest moments by checking out our recaps of every German medal won. Check out the last few winners below, or click the links to catch up on the ones you missed in our three previous roundups: Days 1-3 /// Days 4-6 /// Days 7-11
Gold Medals (14 – 3 new)
Mariama Jamanka & Lisa Buchwitz
Silver: Elana Meyers Taylor/Lauren Gibbs (USA)
Bronze: Kaillie Humphries/Phylicia George (CAN)
Much like the men’s competition just days prior, the Women’s Bobsleigh event ended with a very close finish… the closest of any in the women’s Olympic event. However that wasn’t the leading story revolving around Germany’s gold medal win. Mariama Jamanka was the real talk of the event as the athlete from Germany was very much an unknown going into the events, and before winning the gold medal, she had zero history of winning any international competition. Jamanka, with Lisa Buckwitz manning the brakes, finished their fourth run in 3 minutes, 22.45 seconds, just barely ahead of the 3 minutes, 22.52 seconds of silver medalists Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs of the U.S.
“I still can’t believe that we won. It is our first victory. I‘m absolutely over the moon,” Jamanka told the press after discovering she had won. “We were concentrated on being in the top five, so we didn’t really have any concrete goals. I was quite relaxed.”
Team Gundersen LH/4x5km
Big surprise: Germany obliterated the competition in a Nordic event. Well, by now it actually shouldn’t be much of a surprise, but Team Germany was indeed at it again with another record-breaking showing in PyeongChang. With it being the fifth win for Germany in these games, they set a record of becoming the first country to win five for the sport in a single Winter Olympics.
Team Germany in this Nordic Combined event was made of champions of their own merit: Johannes Rydzek, Eric Frenzel, Fabian Riessle and Vinzenz Geiger.
“It was not so easy because in the beginning of the season we had problems on the jumping hill, but everybody here in Pyeongchang did a really good job and it was a really good teamwork today,” Frenzel told reporters after his team’s win.
Silver (tied): Bobteam Nico Walther (GER)
& Team Won Yun-jong (KOR)
Still celebrating from the 2-man bobsleigh gold, Francesco Friedrich piloted his team of four to another gold medal win for Germany. The four-man team of Francesco Friedrich, Candy Bauer, Martin Grothkopp and Thorsten Margis had a solid series of runs that helped keep them in a comfortable lead for most of the competition. Their win marked Germany’s 100th gold medal in its Olympic history and a record-breaking sixth in the bobsleigh — an Olympic record for a single game.
Silver Medals (10 – 3 new)
Ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom
Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Bronze: Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
Selina Jörg was on a mission of redemption after just missing the podium in the Vancouver games in 2000, and she did just that when she won the silver medal in the ladies’ parallel giant slalom. Jörg shared the podium with the history-making Ester Ledecka, who became the first person in Olympic history to capture a gold medal in both Alpine skiing and snowboarding, and German teammate Ramona Hofmeister who took bronze.
Bobteam Nico Walther
Gold: Bobteam Friedrich (GER)
Silver (tied): Team Won Yun-jong (KOR)
With winning times determined by hundredths of a second, two teams tying in the Olympic bobsleigh shouldn’t be such an easy task, yet the Germans appear to have mastered the skill in these Winter Games. In the 2-man race, the Germans tied for gold with Canada, and while Bobteam Friedrich was able to avoid a second tie and secure the gold for themselves, it was Germany’s Bobteam Nico Walther (Nico Walther, Kevin Kuske, Alexander Roediger, Eirc Franke) who finished in a tie for silver with Won Yun-jong’s South Korean team.
Germany’s battle to the top in Olympic Hockey was one of the most exciting stories to end the competition as the underdog team surprised some of hockey’s best to end up in the final game after beating Olympic-favortite Canada. As Germany faced off against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), the two teams heated up the ice in the third period with both countries taking turns scoring. As the game went into overtime with a sudden death round, the Russian players were able to score the winning goal, but as Germany stood on the podium with the silver medal, the players had plenty of reason to celebrate. The silver medal is Germany’s highest medal earned in Olympic Hockey.
Bronze Medals (7 – 2 new)
Men’s 4×7.5km Relay
The men’s German biathlon team (Erik Lesser, Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp) entered the final biathlon event of the Winter Games with a 40-second lead, but after some vital mistakes, the team quickly lost its lead to both Sweden and Norway. Not all was lost in the end though as team Germany was able to recover from its errors to hold onto a third place finish with the bronze medal.
Ladies’ Parallel Giant Slalom
Gold: Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Silver: Selina Jörg (GER)
Germany’s Ramona Hofmeister kept a strong position throughout the competition, and while going up against gold medalist Ester Ledecka wasn’t much of an option, she set her targets on Russia’s Alena Zavarzina who previously took the bronze medal in the Sochi games. Hofmeister joined German teammate Selina Jörg, who won silver, on the podium.