It may not be possible to catch all the best moments in a single day of the Olympic Games, but we’re going to try. Every day, we’ll award medals for standout achievements at (and around) Pyeongchang 2018 and feats that may or may not be recognized on the podium (and may or may not even be of an athletic nature).
Here are our picks for Day 1, which includes some dominant performances by some of the world’s finest female athletes.
Gold medal for making journalists cry…
…Goes to Jamaican bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, whose incredible words during a Pyeongchang press conference brought tears and applause from all in attendance.
Fenlator-Victorian was part of the United States’ bobsleigh entry in Sochi in 2014, but chose to represent her father’s native Jamaica a few years ago with the goal of promoting diversity in sport and helping make Olympic history.
Thirty years after the Jamaican men’s foursome arrived in Calgary and inspired Cool Runnings, Fenlator-Victorian will pilot the nation’s first-ever women’s entry in the sport, along with teammate Carrie Russell. And unlike the Cool Runnings crew, these women are here to really compete.
“It’s important to me that little girls and boys see someone that looks like them, talks like them, has the same culture as them, has crazy curly hair and wears it natural, has brown skin-included in different things in this world” Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/9vfJ0FK1wL
— Jamaica Bobsled Team (@Jambobsled) February 10, 2018
Watch out for Mr. Cool Bolt—that’s the name of their sled—when women’s bobsleigh hits the track on Feb. 15.
Continuing on the theme of strong female leads…
Gold medal for making women’s Olympic history…
…Goes to Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen, who earned a silver medal in the women’s 15-kilometre skiathlon — the first medal event of the Games.
With that silver, the 37-year-old now has 11 career Olympic medals (six gold, four silver, one bronze), making her the most decorated female winter Olympian ever. She first reached the Olympic podium in Salt Lake City in 2002, winning silver, and has won at least one medal in five straight Games including five medals …read more