Celebrating Women this Winter Olympics
Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall celebrate winning their gold medal in the women's cross-country team sprint free final at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. PHOTO CREDIT: Odd Andersen /AFP/Getty Images via NPR
This year, the Winter Olympics is making history when it comes to its female athletes. Eighteen-year-old, Maam Biney, is the first African-American woman to ever qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team. She immigrated to the U.S. from Ghana when she was just 5-years-old, and now she has Leslie Jones, along with the rest of the country, cheering her on as she speeds around the ice at up to 30 mph.
In recent days, Marit Bjoergen of Norway became the most decorated Winter Olympian ever. They’re calling her the “Michael Phelps of the Winter Olympics” after she earned her 14th Olympic medal in cross-country skiing. The previous record of 13 medals was held by a Norwegian man named Ole Einar Bjoerndalen.
Also of note is Kikkan Randall who is the only mother on Team USA and is one of the first women to compete in five Olympics. After 18 attempts, she just won her first medal and a gold one at that. With this victory, she also became the first American woman to ever win a medal for cross-country skiing.