At the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, U.S. women would have ranked among the top-10 nations in the overall medals standings. During the 2014-15 winter sports season, Team USA's better half did not slow down that impeccable success as U.S. women took to the ice and snow, and skied, skated and slid their way to gold medals, personal bests and record-breaking performances. In honor of International Women's Day, we take a look at the achievements of 35 of Team USA's top women of winter...
1) Jamie Anderson
Olympic slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist Jamie Anderson was nearly dominant this season, winning both the Dew Tour and Burton U.S. Open, and settling for silver at the 2015 Winter X Games, which marked her 10th career X Games medal.
2) Brittany Bowe
Perhaps no long track speedskater has had a better season than former Division I basketball player Brittany Bowe. After earning eight world cup medals this season, Bowe scored three world single distances championships medals in February, including her first world title. She also went on to win the overall world sprint title.
3) Maddie Bowman
After winning gold in halfpipe skiing’s Olympic debut in Sochi, Maddie Bowman was truly dominant in the 2014-15 season, winning every competition she completed. Bowman's season started with her second consecutive Dew Tour win, followed by her third consecutive Winter X Games gold medal and another win at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
4) Ashley Caldwell
This season marked the first time in several years freestyle aerials skier Ashley Caldwell wasn't battling back from an injury and she took full advantage of that strength. Caldwell won two of the seven world cups and claimed second at another, leading to second place overall, her best season ranking of her career. She also finished fourth at world championships.
5) Madison Chock
As the new Olympic quadrennium started, ice dancer Madison Chock and partner Evan Bates quickly stepped into the role of the new faces of U.S. ice dance, winning both their grand prixs and taking silver at the Grand Prix Final. In the new year, the duo claimed its first U.S. title and won silver at the Four Continents Championships.
6) Kelly Clark
Age is nothing but a number for four-time Olympic halfpipe snowboarding medalist Kelly Clark. Clark has continued to stand on the podium in every competition she enters, winning the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Dew Tour, Burton European Open and Burton U.S. Open, and finishing second at Winter X Games.
7) Kelsey DiClaudio
Kelsey DiClaudio is on the path to history as she hopes to become the first U.S. female sled hockey player to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. This season, she led Team USA in scoring at the inaugural IPC Women's Sled Hockey International Cup as she scored 16 goals.
8) Jessie Diggins
Jessie Diggins continued Team USA’s historic cross-country skiing season when she earned a silver medal in the 10-kilometer at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, joining teammate Caitlin Gregg on the podium. It marked the first time Team USA finished with two athletes on a podium at Nordic worlds. Diggins also finished fifth in two world cups this season.
9) Heidi Jo Duce
Snowboarder Heidi Jo Duce's showed vast improvements over her fifth-place Paralympic finish last year. This season, Duce captured two medals at the IPC Snowboard World Championships - a silver in the LL-2 snowboard-cross and bronze in LL-2 banked slalom - as well as bronze in LL1 at the IPC Alpine Skiing Snowboard World Cup.
10) Susan Dunklee
Coming off an Olympic season where she scored the highest finish for a U.S. woman in Olympic biathlon competition, Susan Dunklee has continued her success this season, earning three top-10 finishes in a row.
11) Nita Englund
In her first full season of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, Nita Englund earned her first podium finish when she finished second in Rasnov, Romania. Englund ended her season as the highest-ranked American jumper in the world cup standings at No. 9.
12) Gracie Gold
Olympic figure skating team bronze medalist Gracie Gold continued to make a name for herself internationally this season as she won her first grand prix gold medal at NHK Trophy. Gold also finished third at her other grand prix assignment, Skate America, and qualified for the Grand Prix Final. In the new year, Gold took second at the U.S. championships and fourth at Four Continents Championships.
13) Caitlin Gregg
Caitlin Gregg went from never finishing in the top 10 at a world cup to earning a bronze medal in the 10-kilometer at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in February, joining silver-medalist teammate Jessie Diggins on the podium and marking the first time Team USA finished with two athletes on a podium at Nordic worlds.
14) Erin Hamlin
Luger Erin Hamlin followed the success of becoming the first American to win an Olympic medal in singles luge by earning her career first luge world cup gold medal when she won the sprint world cup event in Altenberg, Germany. Hamlin also earned two silver medals this season and finished fifth overall, behind four Germans.
15) Sarah Hendrickson
After spending much of last season on the road to recovery from a torn ACL and torn meniscus, 2014 Olympic ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson returned to the podium for the first time in nearly two years in February, scoring two third-place finishes at world cup stops in Ljubno, Slovenia. Hendrickson also finished sixth at the world championships.
16) Keri Herman
Olympic slopestyle skier Keri Herman proved she just gets better with age, taking home her first Dew Tour win at age 32, and winning silver at Winter X Games, marking the fifth X Games medal for the only female skier to compete at every X Games where slopestyle skiing was included.
17) Brenna Huckaby
A rookie to the U.S. Paralympics Snowboard Team, 19-year-old snowboarder Brenna Huckaby quickly became a world champion, claiming gold in women's LL-1 snowboard-cross at the IPC Snowboard World Championships. This season, Huckaby also earned silver in LL1 in banked slalom and bronze in LL2 snowboard-cross at the IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup.
18) Lindsey Jacobellis
Lindsey Jacobellis cemented herself as one of the most successful snowboardcross athletes in history when she earned her fourth world title, which came 10 years after her first world title. Jacobellis then won gold at Winter X Games for her ninth career X Games gold medal.
19) Stephanie Jallen
Eighteen-year-old Paralympic alpine skier Stephanie Jallen won gold and silver medals in the women’s standing slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain. Jallen also finished fourth in women's standing super-G at the world championships.
20) Hannah Kearney
In what she has declared as her last season in freestyle moguls, two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney claimed the only medal missing from her career when she won gold in dual moguls at the world championships. Kearney's season also included world championships silver in moguls and seven world cup medals, four in moguls and three in dual moguls.
21) Chloe Kim
One year after she would have made the Olympic team at age 13 if she was age eligible, 14-year-old halfpipe snowboarder Chloe Kim quickly proved she is the real deal by becoming the youngest Winter X Games gold medalist. Kim also finished second at the Dew Tour, Burton European Open and Burton U.S. Open.
22) Oksana Masters
In only her third season in winter sports, 2012 Paralympic bronze medalist rower Oksana Masters continued to excel at Nordic skiing, winning her first ever world championships medals (silver in 12-kilometer sitting and bronze in 5-kilometer sitting) and taking home four golds and one silver at the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup.
23) Tatyana McFadden
After winning her second consecutive marathon Grand Slam in the wheelchair races, 11-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden transitioned back to winter sports to make the Nordic skiing world championships team, where she finished sixth in 1-kilometer sprint, eighth in 10-kilometer and ninth in 5-kilometer.
24) Kiley McKinnon
In her first full season on the aerials world cup circuit, 19-year-old Kiley McKinnon has made history, becoming the first U.S. woman since Nikki Stone 17 years earlier to finish the season ranked No. 1. McKinnon took home three silvers and two bronzes at world cup stops this season, as well as silver at the world championships.
25 & 26) Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherrelle Garrett Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherrelle Garrett became the first U.S. women to earn a bobsled world championship title in February. They also teamed up to win five gold medals on the world cup circuit, leading Meyers Taylor to claim the overall world cup title.
27) Heather Richardson
Long track speedskater Heather Richardson won her first world single distances title when she claimed gold in the 500-meter in February, when she also won silver in the 1,000-meter and bronze in the 1,500. Richardson also finished second overall at the world sprint championships to teammate Brittany Bowe. So far this season, she has racked up a total of 10 world cup medals (six golds, four silvers).
28) Nicole Roundy
Paralympic snowboarder Nicole Roundy earned bronze in the women's LL-1 snowboard-cross and bronze in women's LL-1 banked slalom at the 2015 IPC Snowboard World Championships in March. Earlier this season, Roundy earned silver and bronze medals at the world cup.
29) Mikaela Shiffrin
The reigning world and Olympic champion, Mikaela Shiffrin successfully defended her slalom world title in February on home snow. She also scored her first giant slalom world cup win and added four more slalom wins to her resume.
30) Jessica Smith
Short track speedskater and 2014 Olympian Jessica Smith started her season strong by breaking the national record in the 500-meter and has since earned four top-10 results in world cup races, include two fourth-place finishes. Smith also won bronze in 1,000-meter at the inaugural Apolo Ohno Invitational in November.
31) Liz Stephen
Liz Stephen achieved the best finish ever by an American in the Tour de Ski, finishing fifth overall in January. Two weeks later, Stephen continued making history when she took second at a 10-kilometer freestyle race in Russia for the top world cup distance result by an American woman.
32) Laurie Stephens
Laurie Stephens, a six-time Paralympic medalist, earned a bronze medal in women's sitting super combined at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships. Earlier this season, Stephens won the women's sitting slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in La Molina, Spain, where she also finished fourth one day prior.
33) Danelle Umstead
Danelle Umstead, alongside her husband and guide Rob Umstead, entered the 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships with no world championships medals to her name. She and Rob quickly changed that, earning three medals in as many races. Umstead won silver in women's downhill visually impaired, silver in super-G and bronze in super combined. Umstead also captured the overall world cup globe in the visually impaired class.
34) Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn became the winningest women’s alpine skier of all time breaking a 35-year-old record of 62 world cup wins in January. She then earned her sixth world championships medal in February to lead all U.S. women in world medals. Vonn notched her 65th world cup in in March and is close to claiming the downhill and super-G overall crystal globes.
35) Ashley Wagner
Figure skater and 2014 Olympic team bronze medalist Ashley Wagner set a national record en route to her third U.S. ladies title in January. With her win, Wagner became the first U.S. woman to win three national titles since Michelle Kwan won nine titles between 1996 and 2005. This season, Wagner also finished third at the Grand Prix Final after earning silver and bronze medals at her grand prix assignments.