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Plus, an American curler raises eyebrows on social media for an uncanny resemblance to a video game icon. A round-up of the quirky and viral at the Pyeongchang Games.

Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies' Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Kim has made headlines for her Tweets about food, including ice cream, breakfast sandwiches and churros.
Gold medalist Chloe Kim of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Snowboard Ladies’ Halfpipe Final on day four of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Kim has made headlines for her Tweets about food, including ice cream, breakfast sandwiches and churros.  (Sean M. Haffey / GETTY IMAGES)  
Sleepy head no more: Red Gerard after winning gold in the men's slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park.
Sleepy head no more: Red Gerard after winning gold in the men’s slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park.  (Lee Jin-man / The Associated Press)  
Canadians Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris react after defeating Switzerland to win gold during mixed doubles curling action at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Gangneung, South Korea on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Canadians Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris react after defeating Switzerland to win gold during mixed doubles curling action at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Gangneung, South Korea on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.  (Nathan Denette / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  
United States' Matt Hamilton, right, shouts instructions to his sister Becca during their mixed doubles curling match against Switzerland. Fans on social media have pointed out Hamilton's resemblance to Mario, of Mario Kart fame.
United States’ Matt Hamilton, right, shouts instructions to his sister Becca during their mixed doubles curling match against Switzerland. Fans on social media have pointed out Hamilton’s resemblance to Mario, of Mario Kart fame.  (Aaron Favila / The Associated Press)  

From Olympians downing pre-gold medal breakfast sandwiches to spectators jumping on the curling bandwagon, the Olympics are the viral gift that just keeps on giving.

Here’s what you might have missed in the way of Olympic back stories — from the funny to the difficult to the sweet:

Snowboarder Chloe Kim has some sage advice for the athletes excelling at the pinnacle of their sport: finish your breakfast sandwich.

“Wish I finished my breakfast sandwich, but my stubborn self decided not to and now I’m getting hangry,” the Team USA athlete tweeted.

Kim didn’t finish her breakfast sandwich, and she may have been hangry (hungry + angry), but that didn’t stop the 17-year-old from winning gold.

It wasn’t her first food-related Tweet during the Olympics, either. Kim’s calmed her nerves with churros:

And when she tweeted: “Could be down for some ice cream (right now),” a fan asked “aren’t you competing right now?”

Her response?

Certain similarities in appearance between an American curler and Mario, of Mario Kart fame, have caught the eye of social media users:

Matt Hamilton, who is making his Olympic debut in the Pyeongchang Games, has been described as “a Super Mario clone.”

Super Mario, a Nintendo video game, depicts the adventures of the mustached Mario, who often dons a red hat and shirt.

It’s an uncanny similarity to Hamilton — one that was especially jarring when he took to the ice with a mustache, wearing a red U.S.A jersey and matching hat.

Snowboarders in the women’s Slopestyle finals raised the alarm on Monday:

The competition went ahead, despite troublesome weather conditions.

Competitors described the windy weather as “dangerous,” and some riders stopped watching the runs so they didn’t have to watch their peers fall.

Canada’s Laurie Blouin won silver, and was happy to have managed to stay on her feet.

“It sucks. It’s unfair, but we always have to deal with these conditions,” she said. “I felt a really big gust on the last jump, but I managed to land it. We always have to deal with these conditions.”

Many athletes voiced their opinions that the event should have been postponed.

“I went really big, because the wind carried me far,” Dutch skier Cheryl Maas said.

“I had so much time to think, for a second, I was like: ‘Please put me down softly.’ I don’t even believe in God, but I am praying to someone up there: ‘Don’t put me in a hospital!’”

Curling: it’s the bandwagon all of Canada has jumped on.

Amidst calls for curling to be broadcast every year and spectators poking fun at their own newfound curling expertise on social media, Team Canada captured gold in the sport regarded as intriguing by those unfamiliar with it.

Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won gold in mixed doubles curling, beating Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 10-3.

Running late and donning someone else’s jacket didn’t stop a 17-year-old snowboarder from becoming the first American to win gold at the 2018 Games:

Red Gerard slept in after a late night of Netflix, and had to borrow teammate Kyle Mack’s jacket before heading to the competition, Yahoo Sports reports.

And upon learning his score — 87.16, which put him in the lead — Gerard reported exclaimed “Holy s–t!” The expletive was caught on the national broadcast.

The Gerard family joined in the fun.

“I saw a video of them shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m.,” said the snowboarder, according to The Washington Post. “I’m pretty sure they’re doing just fine.”

And after his gold?

“If we’re not in jail, then something didn’t go right,” Brendon, Gerard’s brother, told The Post.

To which Conrad, Gerard’s father, responded: “Right on!”

His little sister, 9-year-old Asher, had a different way of celebrating at the Games.

She brought a cut-out of her older brother’s face to the slope, and when asked what she’d tell her brother after the event, replied simply.

“I love you.’

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Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris won gold in mixed doubles curling, beating Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios 10-3.

Running late and donning someone else’s jacket didn’t stop a 17-year-old snowboarder from becoming the first American to win gold at the 2018 Games:

Red Gerard slept in after a late night of Netflix, and had to borrow teammate Kyle Mack’s jacket before heading to the competition, Yahoo Sports reports.

And upon learning his score — 87.16, which put him in the lead — Gerard reported exclaimed “Holy s–t!” The expletive was caught on the national broadcast.

The Gerard family joined in the fun.

“I saw a video of them shotgunning beers at 8:30 a.m.,” said the snowboarder, according to The Washington Post. “I’m pretty sure they’re doing just fine.”

And after his gold?

“If we’re not in jail, then something didn’t go right,” Brendon, Gerard’s brother, told The Post.

To which Conrad, Gerard’s father, responded: “Right on!”

His little sister, 9-year-old Asher, had a different way of celebrating at the Games.

She brought a cut-out of her older brother’s face to the slope, and when asked what she’d tell her brother after the event, replied simply.

“I love you.’

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