U.S. Women To Make History at This Year’s Olympic Games
Who runs the U.S. Olympic team playing in the Beijing Winter Games this year? GIRLS.
On Monday, it was confirmed that Team USA’s roster of a whopping 222 athletes slated to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in China this winter will include 107 women. That number of women is the largest of any nation competing in the Winter Games in history.
In addition to the women on the U.S. roster making history as a group, many are also slated to make other records at this year’s Games. NBC News notes that snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis and skeleton player Katie Uhlaender “will compete in a record-tying fifth Olympics,” joining “retired snowboarder Kelly Clark and cross-country skier Kikkan Randall as the only American women to compete at five Winter Games.”
Other notable female players on Team USA include hockey player Hilary Knight, freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell, snowboarder Faye Gulini, and bobsledders Elana Meyers Taylor and Kaillie Humphries, who will all make their fourth Olympic appearance this year. A quirky fact: U.S. aerialist Winter Vinecki will apparently “become the first Winter Olympian from any nation to be named ‘Winter’ when she makes her debut” this year. Previously, there have been at least six athletes with the first name of “Summer” who have competed at other Olympic Games. Three of those have been Americans: swimmer Summer Sanders, Tokyo triathlete Summer Rappaport, and luge athlete Summer Britcher.
At the Games in PyeongChang in 2018, women made up 41 percent of the competitors from around the globe. This year, that number is up to 45 percent. Despite women creeping closer to equal representation at the Games, men still have the upper hand when it comes to sheer number of events. This year, men have 51 events on the Winter Games docket while women have 46.