2018 sports rewind: a look back at this year’s biggest moments in sports

BY YINGYING ZHAO

The Tower (Princeton, NJ)

February: 52nd Super Bowl 

This February, the Eagles made their way to the Super Bowl for the third time. After a bitter loss to the Patriots in 2005, the Eagles captured their first Lombardi trophy with a score of 41 – 33.

February: Winter Olympics

2018 gave the United States its most diverse Winter Olympics team in years. With reigning Asian-American skaters such as Nathan Chen, Maia and Alex Shibutani, and Mirai Nagasu; current Princeton University student and professional snowboarder Chloe Kim; and openly gay athletes such as skier Gus Kenworthy and mens figure skater Adam Rippon, the U.S. team showed the world the power of inclusion and acceptance.

March: March Madness

This year’s March Madness tournament began with what is lauded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history. It came as a shocker, but 16th seeded UMBC beat 1st seed Virginia, becoming the first team in history to ever win a game against the top-seeded team. At the end of all the madness, Villanova took home the title with a win over Michigan.

June: Washington Capitals win Stanley Cup

The Washington Capitals faced the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals. They won after Lars Eller scored with seven minutes to go in the last of five games that would crown a new champion. The Capitals were able to win their first Stanley Cup and become the first Washington, D.C. team to win a major North American sports league title since the Super Bowl XXVI.

July: FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup came down to underdog Croatia and France, who was favored to win the tournament. The score went back and forth until France took the lead and won the game with a score of 4 – 2.

September: Naomi Osaka

The US Open ended with a lot of controversy over Serena Williams’s actions, but Naomi Osaka came out with a lifelong achievement. She defeated her tennis idol and role model and became the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam title.

October: 2018 World Series

In the fifth game of the World Series, the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 5 – 1. This was their fourth World Series title in 15 years.

December: ISU Grand Prix Final

Representing the United States, Nathan Chen won his third consecutive Grand Prix Medal and second consecutive gold medal at the GPF on December 7th, beating out Shoma Uno of Japan and Junhwan Cha of Korea.

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