Continuing a trend from the Rio Games, U.S. women won more medals than their male counterparts at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang in 2018.
They won 12 of Team USA’s 23 total medals compared to nine for the men, with an additional two medals coming in mixed-gender events. It was the first time in 20 years that the women won more medals than the men at the Winter Games. Women also won five of the United States’ nine gold medals.
Of the numerous outstanding performances by American women, five stood out. Fans now have the chance to vote for the Female Olympic Athlete of the Games, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
To vote for snowboarders Jamie Anderson and Chloe Kim, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, long track speedskater Brittany Bowe or bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor in the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of Games, visit TeamUSA.org/Awards before 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16.
Winners will be announced during the Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games, on Thursday, April 26 in Washington, D.C.
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, California
Olympic Highlights: Anderson overcame frighteningly windy conditions on the slopestyle course to defend her gold medal and then added a silver medal in the debut of big air snowboarding.
PyeongChang Legacy: Anderson became the first woman to win two snowboarding medals at the same Olympics and joins Shaun White and Kelly Clark as the only U.S. snowboarders to collect three total Olympic snowboarding medals. She is also the only woman to earn a gold medal in slopestyle after winning at the event’s debut in 2014.
Fun Fact: Anderson is one of the 2018 Olympic athletes whose image will grace a Kellogg’s cereal box. The company announced recently that Anderson will appear on limited Gold Medal Edition Special K Red Berries boxes.
What Might Be Next: Anderson told Ellen DeGeneres as long as she’s still healthy and loving it there’s no reason not to go for more medals in 2022. In the meantime, Anderson is competing at the U.S. Open. The slopestyle final is March 9.
Sport: LongTrack Speedskating
Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Olympic Highlights: Bowe completed her comeback from a 2016 concussion that threatened her career by finishing in the top five in her three individual races (fourth in 1,000-meter, fifth in 1,500-meter, fifth in 500-meter), which included some of her best international results since the 2015-16 season, and then won her first Olympic medal in her second trip to the Games with a bronze in the women’s team pursuit along with Heather Bergsma.
PyeongChang Legacy: That bronze medal ended a 16-year medal drought for the U.S. women in long track speedskating. Prior to that, the last time the U.S. medaled in the Olympics was when Jennifer Rodriguez won bronze in the 1,500-meter in 2002.
Fun Fact: A former college basketball player and inline skater, Bowe converted to ice with the intention of one day competing in the Olympics.
What Might Be Next: Bowe has already said she plans to compete in the 2022 Olympics.
Hometown: Torrance, California
Olympic Highlights: One of the most recognizable American athletes of the 2018 Games, Kim lived up to the enormous expectations in her first Olympics by putting down a 93.75 on her first run before posting a 98.25 on her victory lap to secure the gold medal.
PyeongChang Legacy: Kim is the youngest woman to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding, and her performance contributed to Team USA’s dominance in the halfpipe in PyeongChang.
Fun Fact: Kim told talk show host James Corden on a post-Olympic appearance that before she and her dad knew about padded clothing, they used to cut up her mother’s yoga mats and duct tape them to her body to protect her from falls when she was starting out snowboarding.
What’s Next: Aside from sleeping and finding a date for prom, which she said were her next priorities after the Games, Kim isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Competitors can count on her continuing to dominate the pipe for years to come.
Elana Meyers Taylor
Hometown: Douglasville, Georgia
Olympic Highlights: Despite having a torn Achilles, Meyers Taylor made it three-for-three at the Olympics by winning a silver medal with brakeman Lauren Gibbs, missing gold by just .07 seconds. She also won silver in Sochi in 2014 and bronze in Vancouver in 2010.
PyeongChang Legacy: Meyers Taylor is now tied with the legendary, late Steven Holcomb and Patrick Martin as the most decorated bobsled athletes in U.S. Olympic history.
Fun Fact: Meyers Taylor has recruited approximately 70 percent of the women’s national team athletes to the sport, and has listed Serena Williams among the athletes she’d love to bring into the fold.
What’s Next: Meyers Taylor plans to get back recruiting, preparing for next season and perhaps starting a family with husband and 2018 Olympic bobsled alternate Nic Taylor.
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Hometown: Eagle-Vail, Colorado
Olympic Highlights: In her second Olympic Games, Shiffrin won gold in giant slalom and then added a silver medal in alpine combined despite being in sixth place after the downhill portion of the race. She was also fourth in slalom.
PyeongChang Legacy: With the gold she won in slalom in 2014, Shiffrin joined Julia Mancuso and Bode Miller as the only Americans to medal in three different alpine events at the Olympics. She’s also just the sixth person to win a gold medal in both slalom and giant slalom.
Fun Fact: Shiffrin told Seth Meyers during a talk show appearance last year that she can nap almost anywhere, and that she used to nap on the chair lift all the time when she was young. One time she didn’t wake up and went all the way back down.
What’s Next: Shiffrin has many years ahead of her and should be just as much of a medal threat — if not more — when 2022 rolls around. The ski racing season isn’t over, however, and Shiffrin is eyeing a repeat of the world cup overall and slalom titles.