The 23 medals the U.S. won represent the country’s lowest output since 1998. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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The flame was doused Sunday on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country's lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee's own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would've been a total flop for the Americans.Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at – snow basketball, anyone?Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four.With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world.That doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.Yep, there were some must-see moments for Americans at these Winter Games.
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