American Jessie Diggins Becomes First Non-European Athlete to Medal in Olympic 30-Kilometer Cross-Country Skiing

American Jessie Diggins on Feb. 20 became the first non-European athlete to win an Olympic medal in the women’s 30-kilometer cross-country skiing. Diggins, the 30-year-old Minnesota native, won silver after finishing the mass start event with a time of 1:26:37.3, …

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Great Britain Wins First Beijing Olympic Gold in Women’s Curling

Great Britain won its first gold at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after its women’s curling team defeated Japan in the final on Feb. 20. Captain Eve Muirhead and her team — Vicky Wright, Jennifer Dodds and Hailey Duff — …

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Finland Wins First Olympic Ice Hockey Gold

Finland won their first Olympic men’s ice hockey gold after defeat the Russian Olympic Committee at the final on Feb. 20 at the Beijing Games. Finland made Olympic history after beating the defending champions with a score of 2-0 on …

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U.S. Figure Skater Nathan Chen Wins His First Olympic Gold

United States figure skater Nathan Chen, a three-time world champion, won his first Olympic gold on Feb. 10 at the Beijing Games. Chen, of Salt Lake City, Utah, earned a score of 218. 63 in the free skate program, building …

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Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis Wins First U.S. Gold Medal at Beijing Winter Olympics

Snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis won the United States’ first gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 9. The medal is also Jacobellis’ first Olympic gold in her fifth Olympic appearance. Jacobellis, 36, is also the oldest U.S. woman …

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Australian Cyclist Amanda Reid Breaks World Record at Tokyo Paralympics

Australian cyclist Amanda Reid broke her own world record after winning gold in the C1-C3 500-meter cycling track time trial at the Tokyo Paralympics on Aug. 27. The 24-year-old cyclist finished the race in a “real-time” of 38.487 seconds, which …

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Triple Jump Athlete Hugues Fabrice Zango Wins Burkina Faso’s First-Ever Olympic Medal

Hugues Fabrice Zango won Burkina Faso’s first-ever Olympic medal after claiming bronze in the men’s triple jump final on Aug. 5 in Tokyo. Zango claimed the third spot on the Olympic podium after jumping 17.47 meters in the final, coming …

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Peruth Chemutai Becomes Uganda’s First Female Olympic Medalist

Peruth Chemutai has become the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport after winning gold in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase on Aug. 4. Chemutai, 22, finished the race in a time of nine minutes and 1.45 …

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Georgian Olympic Weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze Breaks Three World Records

Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze broke three world records after winning gold in the +109-kilogram weightlifting final at the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 4. Talakhadze set the first world record in the snatch by lifting 223 kilograms, then set the second …

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Tamyra Mensah-Stock Becomes First Black Woman to Win Olympic Wrestling Gold for the U.S.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history on Aug. 3 after becoming the first Black woman to win an Olympic gold for the United States in freestyle wrestling. Mensah-Stock won the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final against Nigerian Blessing Oborududu with a score …

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