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Noteworthy Women Who Nailed the Olympics

  1. Mikaela Shiffrin: Eighteen-year-old Shiffrin, from the U.S., came in first in women’s slalom. She became the youngest slalom gold medalist in the Olympics, despite almost falling when she lost her balance during her run! After making a quick recovery, Shiffrin was met with success.
  2. Kaitlyn Farrington: After an American loss the previous night in the sport, Farrington, from the U.S., won the women’s snowboard halfpipe in Sochi. At a press conference at the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation office and trading center in Ketchum, she said that her whole world had just changed, and despite the craziness, she was enjoying the special moment.
  3. Yulia Lipnitskaya: The 15-year-old Russian Olympian who started skating at the age of 4 had an incredible performance in the women’s short program, free skate and team competition in Sochi. Lipnitskaya came in first in team figure skating. She is the youngest athlete from Russia to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics!
  4. Adelina Sotnikova: This Russian skater became Russia’s first gold medalist in women’s Olympic figure skating. Her amazing double alex and triple toe-loop helped her bring home the gold. Sotnikova also came in first in the short program and second in the free skate.
  5. Lizzy Yarnold: Yarnold, 25, won Great Britain’s first gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, coming out first in the women’s skeleton! She finished 0.97 seconds before her American competitor, Noelle Pikus-Pace.
  6. Alla Tsuper: In her fifth and final Olympics appearance, Tsuper, from Belarus, won the gold medal in the women’s freestyle skiing aerials in Sochi.
  7. Justyna Kowalczyk: Despite a fractured foot, Kowalczyk won the gold medal in the women’s cross-country 10-kilometer classical race! She broke her foot two weeks ago but managed to finish the race in 28 minutes and 17.8 seconds.
  8. Darya Domracheva: Domracheva took home her third gold medal in the women’s biathlon on February 17, after winning the 12.5-kilometer mass start race. She was in the lead after four minutes and finished in 35 minutes and 25.6 seconds.
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