Hail US women Olympians

  • Lindsey Vonn is carried as Team USA enters Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

I scoured the Recorder, the NY Times and the Washington Post in vain for the story of an incredible streak of seven women’s medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

In 24 hours, on Feb. 21 and 22, the U.S. women’s teams in hockey, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, bobsledding, speed skating and snowboarding all medalled with two gold, three silver and two bronze, creating an historic storm of excitement across six Olympic winter sports’ disciplines.

The two-woman team of celebrated Afton, Mich., hometown hero Jessie Diggins and the veteran Alaskan Nordic skier, Kikkan Randall, won the gold medal in the ladies’ team sprint freestyle cross-country ski race in a photo finish. Diggins and Randall were the first ever U.S. Olympic athletes — men or women — to win gold in cross-country skiing in the history of the winter games.

That’s kind of a big deal.

Two standouts of women’s alpine skiing, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin, stepped onto the medals podium — Ms. Vonn, the veteran at age 33, four-time World Cup champion (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012); and Shiffrin, 22, the reigning overall World Cup champion. The women became the third and fourth Americans to win at least three Olympic Alpine ski medals. Vonn took bronze in the ladies’ downhill and clocked the fastest downhill time in first leg of the ladies’ combined. Shiffrin took home her second medal of the games, after winning gold in the giant slalom last week.

And the much-hailed women’s hockey team defeated rival Canada 3-2 in an epic gold medal round game of heart-stopping thrill and skill, as Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored the game winning goal in the shootout for the United States.

Congratulations to the U.S. Olympic women who rocked the second week at Pyeongchang!

Elyse Moore