One U.S. snowboarder made Olympic history with her recent gold medal win.
According to E! Online, Team USA snowboarder Chloe Kim earned a score just shy of perfection (98.25) in the women’s halfpipe competition, securing for herself and the U.S. a gold medal victory.
But in the process, Kim made history, becoming the youngest woman ever to medal in snowboarding — at the age of 17.
“I worked so hard to get to this point and just coming here and being able to land was my main goal,” Chloe said, according to E!. “I was so happy I could do it and take home the gold…My family has sacrificed so much for me and accomplish this dream of mine. Being able to do that in their home country is amazing.”
Now that’s a champion!
The first black woman on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team is skating her way into success.
According to HuffPost, Maame Biney advanced in “the 500-meter short-track event with a veteran-like performance in the first round at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.” Finishing second in her debut heat with a time of 43.665 seconds, HuffPost reports that Biney was able to secure her spot while fending off third-place finisher Kim Alang.
Biney is set to also compete in the 1,500-meter skate, so with several competitions under her belt and headed her way, she told HuffPost that for her, this experience is all about having fun.
“I don’t really feel pressure to be the first to get a medal or anything like that,” she said. “I just want to go out there, do my best and have fun, and experience the Olympics. That’s what I’m here for. I’m here to win, obviously, but also have fun.”
Being the first in anything is quite an accomplishment — but being the first in your trade when you only began practicing four months earlier is in a whole other realm of amazing.
Take Erin Jackson, for example: not only did HuffPost report that the 25-year-old long-track speed skater become the first black woman to make the U.S. long-track skating team, she also did so a mere four months after taking up the sport. Qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, HuffPost says Jackson came in third place in trials for the “500-meter race behind two former Olympians, Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma,” finishing her first run in 39.22 seconds and her second in 39.04 seconds.
Becoming the third black athlete ever to make the U.S. Olympic speedskating team and the first black woman to qualify for the long-track competition, HuffPost says Jackson was surprised at her own feat.
“I really wasn’t expecting any of this, just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can,” she said. “I still don’t even know.”
Know it, Erin — you killed it!
There’s a first for everything, and this bobsled team hopes to be the first to represent their home country in the Winter Olympics.
According to MAKERS, Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga of Nigeria are training to become the qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea; but if the trio qualifies, not only will it be their first appearance at the Games, they would be “the first Nigerian team ever to compete in bobsledding for the Winter Olympics.”
Despite their current training efforts, the team will need a bit of help in making history. MAKERS reports that the team started a GoFundME page to raise money to pay for their equipment, which includes a real bobsled to “replace the wood pushcart Adigun built to help her teammates understand the mechanics of the sport.”
Hoping to raise $150,000, MAKERS says the team has already raised $10,000 that will surely help launch them down the path of Olympic history.
To learn more about the team or help them reach their goal, click here.