The athletic competition drawing participants from around the globe, the Olympics are the arena where countries put their best athletic talents on display. With everyone aiming for gold, the chosen athletes compete for monumental career moments and often history is made. This season, the girls are proving they are a force to be reckoned with, carving paths which will forever be engraved in Olympic history.
At nineteen years of age, Sabrina Simader is not only the first alpine skier to represent Kenya, she is the only athlete in competition representing her homeland. The 2018 Winter Olympics are Simader’s first time at the Olympic games. She has previously participated in the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics and the world skiing championships in Switzerland taking place 2017.
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The Nigerian bobsled team has caught the attention of the public eye once they qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympic games. The ladies are the first team, male or female representing Nigeria to participate in any Winter Olympic tournament.
Erin Jackson only began training in long-track speed skating for four months before entering the US qualifying competitions in January. As she made the team, she became the first black woman to ever participate on the Olympic long-track speedskating team.
24 year old Mirai Nagasu competes in the swift, agile sport of figure skating and her performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics made her the first American woman to land a triple axel during the global games. Considered one of the most difficult moves in skating, the triple axel requires a high level of skill.
Maame Biney became the first Black woman on the US Olympic speedskating team. Biney, who is still in high school also became the first Black woman representing Team USA and the only American competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics to qualify for the 500-meter short-track quarterfinals.