Recent Women News
Step aside ladies; it’s Mikaela Shiffrin’s world and you are just living in it. The 18-year-old Colorado native took the world by storm Friday, winning the gold medal in the women’s Olympic slalom event. No stranger to making history, the American alpine skiing sensation became the youngest female in Olympic history to win the slalom event. She also became the first U.S. woman to win the Olympic slalom since Barbara Cochran won at the 1972 Winter Games.
Jamie Anderson knows how to play it cool. She’s not one to get too high or too low or let the weight of a moment impact how she rides. On the biggest stage for snowboarding, she knew how to withstand the drastic pressure that is being the favorite in an event making its debut on the Olympic stage. She needed a big run on a course that had caused problems for the majority of the riders in the field, and she did just that. She rose when the rest fell, just as she’s done so many times before. And she won the first-ever Olympic gold in the debut of women’s snowboard Slopestyle. “Elder states(wo)man” Jenny Jones of Great Britain took the bronze.
The stage is set. The qualifications and training and travel has passed. The goal now is simple: shine on the brightest stage in all of sport – the Olympics. Our top snowboarders and freeskiers have arrived to Sochi, Russia, prepared to step into the spotlight. A few have been on the Olympic stage before, but for most, this will likely be an experience like none other in their careers. The presence of action sports in the Olympics has increased dramatically for this XXII Winter Olympics Games. Snowboarding made its first foray into the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano, Japan when Halfpipe made its debut. This year, Snowboard Slopestyle and Freeskiing Halfpipe and Slopestyle join the frey, and all of a sudden the Olympics are a bit more exciting, a bit more hip – a bit more relevant (yes, we’re sure there are heaps of young people influenced both athletically and culturally by Biathlon).