The United States finished 4th in the medal count of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Its 23 was well short of Norway, which led the way with 39. By comparison, the U.S. had impressive finishes in the first decades of the Winter games, but was then largely non-competitive until a resurgence in the early 2000s. That's when more snowboarding events — an American specialty — were added to the program.

Worth noting: The number of available medals has exploded in recent years. The first Games in 1924 had 16 events. By 1984, there were 39. This year: 106.

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