The USA is snapping up the golds
Four different women in the top spot
The first gold medal for the US this year
A second gold medal
Making history: a picture of joy
Gold and silver for team USA
An 'historic' moment
Never too old
More historical moments
Jackson's gold would be the sixth for Team USA
Chloe Kim also gives the US a first
First ever individual medal for US in cross country skiing
North American neighbours
The youngest member of the team steps up
The most-gender balanced games so far
Almost a balance
Not there yet
Gender divide
Ski jumping
Men only
In the beginning women only had one event
A handful of women
Just a child
Some of the greats
Debi Thomas: the first African American athlete to win a medal
The youngest gold medalist ever is female
Kristi Yamaguchi: the first Asian American to win gold in her event
Another first
Jamie Anderson the first woman to bag two medals in the same Olympics
Mikaela Shiffrin on her way to including her name in the history books
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The USA is snapping up the golds

Team USA's women impressed everyone at the Beijing Games of 2022.

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Four different women in the top spot

It was the only nation to have four different women win the gold medals: Lindsey Jacobellis, Chloe Kim, Kaillie Humphries and Erin Jackson.

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The first gold medal for the US this year

The first gold medal for the US in Beijing, (ending a five-day gold medal drought) was won by American Lindsey Jacobellis. It was her first Olympic gold and she had persevered throughout many years to get here.

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A second gold medal

She then became the first female snowboarder to win two gold medals in the same games after she and teammate Nick Baumgartner, 40, won the debut of mixed team snowboardcross three days later.

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Making history: a picture of joy

Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor joined each other on the podium in the first women's monobob, making history.

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Gold and silver for team USA

The U.S.'s Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor became the first women ever to win a medal — gold and silver, respectively — at the inaugural Olympic monobob event.

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An 'historic' moment

There had been a huge push from Team USA to have the female monobob event in the Olympics. Humphries said, "The women before me have allowed this to happen and I want to make sure that continues for all future generations."

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Never too old

Meyers Taylor called it "historic." The athlete, at 37, is also the oldest woman to win an Olympic bobsleigh medal.

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More historical moments

Erin Jackson made speed skating history in 500m. She became the first Black woman to win an Olympic speed skating medal.

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Jackson's gold would be the sixth for Team USA

Jackson claimed Team USA's sixth gold in Beijing in the 500m. The world number one in the event had previously failed to make the top two in the U.S. Trials. It's a huge moment for the skater.

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Chloe Kim also gives the US a first

Chloe Kim, who entered the halfpipe event, successfully defended her Olympic title by winning the gold this year, too. This is her second consecutive Winter Olympics and she is the first female snowboarder to win back-to-back gold medals at this event.

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First ever individual medal for US in cross country skiing

Jessie Diggins won the first ever women’s individual medal in U.S. cross country skiing history. She made it clear that, although individual, the achievement was thanks to a whole team. "I'm just so grateful – that's the overwhelming emotion because it takes so much from such a huge team to make this happen," Diggins said.

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North American neighbours

In hockey, Team USA beat Finland 4-1, giving them a hard-earned place in the women's ice hockey finals later this week. The rivalry has been struck up again and they will go up against its longtime rival, Canada, in the race for the gold.

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The youngest member of the team steps up

Alysa Liu, the youngest member of the U.S. figure skating team finished eighth overall, giving her the highest score among American women in the event. In fact, she is the youngest member of Team USA in Beijing.

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The most-gender balanced games so far

Beijing has offered new events for women and, due to this, Games organisers are referring to these Olympics as the most gender-balanced Winter Games to date.

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Almost a balance

This year, women have made up 45 percent of athletes at the Olympics and women’s events are now up to 46, two more from four years ago in PyeongChang.

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Not there yet

Monobob athlete Meyers highlighted that there is still a long way to go, as the number of events available only to women — which is still fewer than the men — is just one.

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Gender divide

There are still four events where women still race shorter distances than men. They are cross-country skiing, speed skating, short-track speedskating and biathlon.

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Ski jumping

Take a look at ski jumping: it was the American women who, once again, pushed for this event to be available for women. Finally in 2014, they were allowed to join in. However, women can still only jump off what’s called the 'normal hill'. Men can jump a full 120 meters, while women can only do 90m.

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Men only

In luge, only men are allowed to compete in doubles. And only men are allowed to take part in the Nordic combined, which is cross-country skiing plus ski jumping. But the games have certainly come a long way.

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In the beginning women only had one event

1924 saw the establishment of the Winter Olympics, however women only competed in the figure skating event. Herma Szabo was the first ever female Winter Olympic champion when she won the ladies' singles competition.

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A handful of women

Also at the first winter Olympic games in 1924, only 11 women competed out of the 258 athletes who attended the games.

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Just a child

Sonja Henie competed in the 1924 games when she was only 11 years old. She lost the first games but later she went on to win medals in the next three games.

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Some of the greats

A handful of medals for the biggest female names in Winter Olympic history. Bonnie Blair is not only one of the most successful speed skaters in the history of the sport but she is also one of the most decorated Olympians ever.

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Debi Thomas: the first African American athlete to win a medal

The Winter Olympics is much less racially diverse than the summer games, which is why Debi Thomas became a star of the 1988 games in Calgary. In Canada the figure skater won a bronze medal and became the first African American athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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The youngest gold medalist ever is female

In 1998 at just 15 years of age, figure skater Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympics. Her record as the games' youngest champion still stands to this day.

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Kristi Yamaguchi: the first Asian American to win gold in her event

Way before she took home the trophy on 'Dancing With the Stars', Kristi Yamaguchi took home the gold medal. In 1992 she became the first Asian American woman to win a gold medal in women's figure skating.

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Another first

Lindsay Vonn who, in 2010, became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing. Add to that she has won four World Cup overall championships.

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Jamie Anderson the first woman to bag two medals in the same Olympics

By winning gold in slopestyle and silver in big air, the 27-year-old Californian became the first female snowboarder to take home two medals from one Olympics in 2018. She has struggled this year to regain the same success.

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Mikaela Shiffrin on her way to including her name in the history books

US athlete Mikaela Shiffrin has added another race day to her packed Olympic program. The skier aims to become only the second woman to compete in all six Alpine skiing events at a single Winter Games. She has so far recorded a Did Not Finish in two events, but is ready and willing to persevere. It's what the games are all about, after all.

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