Top 5 female athletic performances of 2014 Winter Olympics
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi conclude, Iris wants to acknowledge the incredible feats of female athletes at these Games. Here are the top 5 performances we took away from the past two weeks:
- Darya Domracheva (Belarus) became the first woman to win three biathlon gold medals at one Olympics: One in women’s pursuit, one in the 15 km individual and one in the mass start. She is now the most accomplished Belarusian Olympian of all time.
- Tina Maze (Slovenia) and Dominique Gisin (Switzerland) tied for the downhill gold medal, the first tie for gold in women’s downhill in 78 years of alpine skiing.
- Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) became the youngest woman ever to win alpine skiing gold at the age of 18 years and 345 days.
- Lauryn Williams with her partner, Elana Meyers (USA) won silver for the U.S. in the two-person bobsled. Williams also previously won gold on 4 x 100 track relay in London 2012, making her the sixth athlete in Olympic history to finish on a podium at both summer and winter games.
- Marit Bjorgen (Norway) is now the most successful female athlete in Olympic winter history with a total of 10 medals overall from three games. This year, she took three cross-country golds in skiathlon, the 30 km freestyle and the team pursuit.
Bonus fact: Women’s ski jumping was an Olympic event in Sochi for the first time! (German Karina Voigt won gold.) Information is compiled from the official website for the Olympics.
By Emily Lloyd