For the first time in 20 years, Team USA’s female athletes brought home more Winter Olympic medals than their male teammates from the 2018 Games. I mean, we already knew that our ladies made us proud while totally dominating the snow and ice in Pyeongchang, South Korea, but this concrete fact makes their victories even more glorious.
So how exactly did the women stack up to the dudes? Let’s break it down. This year, American athletes won a total of 23 medals (nine gold, eight silver, and six bronze, to be exact), and 12 of those were won by women. This doesn’t include two that were earned in ice dancing and the team figure skating competition, two events that involve male and female athletes working together for a joint medal win. As for gold medals specifically, five out of the nine being brought back to American soil were earned by women, among them cross-country skiers Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins, snowboarder Chloe Kim, and the women’s hockey team, which beat out Team Canada.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of this year’s medal count for Team USA’s women, in case you’d like a better look at the female badassery:
- Gold: Chloe Kim (Halfpipe Snowboarding)
- Gold: Jamie Anderson (Slopestyle Snowboarding)
- Gold: Mikaela Shiffrin (Giant Slalom Skiing)
- Gold: Women’s Hockey Team (Ice Hockey)
- Gold: Kikkan Randall and Jessica Diggins (Team Sprint Cross-Country Skiing)
- Silver: Jamie Anderson (Big Air Snowboarding)
- Silver: Mikaela Shiffrin (Alpine Combined Skiing)
- Silver: Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (Two-Woman Bobsleigh)
- Bronze: Lindsey Vonn (Downhill Apline Skiing)
- Bronze: Brita Sigourney (Halfpipe Freestyle Skiing)
- Bronze: Heather Bergsma, Brittany Bowe, Mia Manganello, and Carlijn Schoutens (Team Pursuit Speed Skating)
- Bronze: Arielle Gold (Halfpipe Snowboarding)
The icing on the cake? There were more men than women on the American team, as the 244-member team comprised 135 men and 109 women. Can we get a “hell yeah”? This just further proves that the women had their game faces on the whole time they were in South Korea.
The last time women outshone the men was during the 1998 Winter Olympics in Japan, according to Time. Of course, we’re also excited for the American men who busted their butts on the snow and ice to rep us in Pyeongchang, but the fact that the women stole the show this year is certainly cause for celebration. Congrats, ladies! We’re popping some Champagne in your honor.