The United States of America made its first appearance at the Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924, and since then, the country has sent a team to every Winter Olympic games. Today, the United States ranks second behind Norway in medals won at the Winter Olympics. The United States has also consistently competed against rivals such as the Soviet Union and East Germany. The United States has topped the medal board two times, and has won at least one gold medal in each Winter Olympic Games.
Team USA’s medal haul
Team USA won four gold medals at the Winter Olympics, including one in each of the three snowboard events. Lindsey Jacobellis, who won snowboard cross gold 16 years ago, and Chloe Kim also earned Olympic medals. Jessie Diggins and Nathan Chen won gold medals in the men’s and women’s figure skating events, and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue earned bronzes in ice dancing.
The United States has a history of medal-winning at the Winter Olympics, and will once again compete at the 2022 Beijing Games. Team USA’s medal haul at the Winter Olympic Games has grown substantially since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. The most recent games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, saw the most medals ever won by U.S. athletes, winning 23 medals in total.
The United States won a silver medal in the team event against Canada, and picked up a bronze medal in the women’s 1000-meter speed skating event. Hilary Knight, a four-time Olympian, earned her third medal of the Games, but missed out on a third straight gold. Meanwhile, Jessica Diggins, a former Florida Atlantic basketball player, won her first individual Olympic medal.
Another silver medal for Team USA came from the monobob event, which is an Olympic event for single-riders. The monobob event was first held in the Beijing Games as a female-only event. The event has been a popular choice among U.S. athletes since it was first held as an Olympic event.
In the women’s events, Team USA’s medal haul has been a mixed bag. Mikaela Shiffrin, a gold medal winner in the previous two games, failed to medal in all five individual events. In the men’s super-G event, Ryan Cochran-Siegle won a silver medal. And in men’s speed skating, Team USA has won a bronze in the team pursuit.
Joey Mantia’s first olympic medal
Joey Mantia has a long list of accomplishments. The native of Florida has won 28 world championships and is a three-time gold medalist at the Pan American Games. He also has more than ninety national titles and 15 World Cup gold medals. Mantia was inspired by the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver to compete in the Olympics. He qualified for the Olympics by making the U.S. men’s speedskating team.
In 2010, Mantia made the switch from inline roller skating to ice speed skating. He then enrolled in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2011, Mantia finished fourth at the US speed skating championships in the 5000-meter event. He also finished eighth in the 1,000-meter and 1500-meter events.
Joey Mantia’s first winter Olympic medal was not a given. The Argentine had to deal with back problems during the race. He also had issues transferring his weight into skating. The final result was a photo finish. Mantia missed third place by just 0.002 seconds. His coaches protested the decision to pull him back at the finish line, but he didn’t expect a change.
The men’s 1500m speed skating event has been an Olympic competition since 1924. Since 2002, three American men have won gold in the event. This time, Mantia is eyeing his first Olympic medal since 2010, where he finished fifth in the World Single Distances Championships. Despite the history of the men’s 1500m, the Netherlands has dominated the event for the past few years. The men’s 1500m distance is a three-minute event in which 15 pairs skate three-quarters of an oval 400 meters long. Each pair gets one attempt at setting the fastest time.
Elana Meyers Taylor’s five Olympic medals
Elana Meyers Taylor is one of the most decorated Black athletes in the history of the Winter Olympics. At 37, she’s also the oldest woman to win an Olympic medal in bobsleigh. Meyers Taylor attended George Washington University and is the most decorated Black athlete in Winter Olympics history. She has five Olympic medals and won two of them at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Meyers Taylor started competing in the sport of bobsledding in 2007, and has since competed in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Sochi, and PyeongChang. Her five medals include three silvers and two bronzes. She is the only African American woman to win an Olympic medal in bobsledding, and she’s also the only one to win gold in the sport.
The Olympics are Taylor’s fifth, and she’s still not done. Her most recent Olympic medal, in the women’s monobob event, is the silver she won in Beijing. In a touching gesture, Meyers Taylor gave her silver medal to her son, Nico, who was wearing a red lanyard around his neck. She will be a flagbearer in the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Meyers Taylor is the oldest American woman to win an Olympic medal. She won silver in the first-ever monobob competition, and has won four silver and one bronze in the past four Winter Olympics. In addition to her Olympic victories, Meyers Taylor has also helped push the women’s monobob event into the Olympic program. In Beijing, she finished second to Kaillie Humphries. She’s already 37 years old, and is aware that she may not compete at the Olympics again.
In Sochi, Meyers Taylor won a bronze medal with brakewoman Sylvia Hoffman. Her five Olympic medals at the Winter Olympics make her the most decorated Black athlete in the history of the Winter Olympics. She also has the most medals among women in the bobsled sport.
Kaillie Humphries’ first Olympic medal
Kaillie Humphries has won her first Olympic medal in the women’s monobob. The Canadian has been competing in bobsled since 2002. She has represented Canada in the Olympics twice, winning gold in 2010 and 2014. In November, Humphries and her partner Heather Moyse filed a lawsuit against Humphries’ former coach, claiming harassment and sexual assault.
The complaint was filed by Humphries after the 2018 Olympics, when she alleged that she was abused by Hays and other national bobsleigh officials. Her complaint led to a long legal dispute with Canada’s national bobsleigh program. After the Olympics, Humphries’ motivation to compete was shaken.
Humphries’ motivation came from her desire to represent her new country and win her first Olympic medal. She competed for Bobsleigh Canada for 16 years, then became a dual citizen of the United States and began competing for Team USA. In December, she was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.
Her first Olympic medal came three years after the 2014 world championships. She won the gold medal with Jenny Ciochetti and was named one of Canada’s flag bearers. She also received the Lou Marsh Award in 2014. She won her first Olympic medal with Moyse in PyeongChang 2018.
Simundson was waiting downstairs for her when she entered the house. When she saw her home, she gave her a thumbs-up sign. She then embraced her husband, putting the American flag around her shoulders. Both of them were thrilled for her. They then congratulated her on her first Olympic medal.
The first gold medal for a Canadian woman in bobsled has come in a small event. A limited number of spectators turned out for the competition. The two-woman bobsled competition is being held at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre, so the crowd is not large.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s first Olympic medal
It’s no secret that Ryan Cochran-Siegle has had a rough year. During his time competing for Team USA in downhill, he was injured in a crash in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and underwent surgery 364 days later. Then, in December, he came in fourth at the Bormio hill. Despite his injury, Cochran-Siegle’s first downhill training run went very well. In the end, he took home a silver medal, his first Olympic medal.
The silver medal for Cochran-Siegle comes on the 50th anniversary of his mother’s gold medal. Cochran-Siegle’s mom, Barbara Ann Cochran, represented the USA in the 1960 Winter Olympics. She joined the NBC telecast after watching her son’s run. Although Cochran-Siegle has won his first Olympic medal, he still has a few events to compete in. He’s scheduled to compete in the men’s giant slalom on Feb. 13 at 9:15 p.m.
Cochran-Siegle has a rich skiing history. His family has been skiing together since 1996. They have spent countless nights skiing in the predawn darkness and drinking hot chocolate. They have tried to rebuild their touch and their courage since Ryan’s devastating fall in Kitzbuehel in January 2021.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle is an American skier who started skiing at the age of two. He trained at a ski area started by his grandfather, Mickey Cochran. At 19 years old, he made his World Cup debut. His strong performance in Beijing comes as the U.S. ski team has struggled during its first few games. Mikaela Shiffrin crashed in her first outing and Team USA’s other athletes, such as Jaelin Kauf, are both competing in the team sprint event.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle’s father was a coach on the U.S. ski team and was a proud grandparent. He was inspired to compete when he was a child by his mother’s example. She was a ski instructor at the time and was later a part-time teacher.