Winter Olympics 2018: The United States has way fewer medals than expected

Team USA added a couple of medals to its running total at the 2018 Winter Olympics, with Jamie Anderson's silver in the inaugural women's big air event on Thursday in South Korea being the latest. But even as the United States climbs the Pyeongchang leaderboard, with 17 total medals so far, there's still a consensus that the Americans are slumping.

Before this week's women's medals, in fact, the U.S. had almost 11 fewer medals than initially projected, according to FiveThirtyEight's Neil Paine. That total, officially minus-10.8, marked the biggest difference between anticipated medal numbers and actual medal numbers of any country on either side of the spectrum at the Winter Games.

Through Tuesday's action, 67 percent of this year's medals have been awarded, meaning that the U.S. is technically on pace (based simply on how many they've won to this point this games) for about 18 medals total. That would be the fewest that U.S. athletes have earned in a winter games since they nabbed 13 at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

Team USA will try to up that total -- and redeem itself among pre-Olympics forecasts -- with events like the women's combined, women's ice hockey and men's freestyle skiing halfpipe later Thursday in South Korea -- or on Wednesday night on your TV in the United States. 

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