History Awesome / OlympicGames

3rd Mar '18 8:29:40 AM DrOO7
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* For the first week, the US appeared to be on track to have their worst Winter Olympics in 20 years. But the team pulled itself together and finished 4th place in the medal count.

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* For the first week, the US appeared to be on track to have their worst Winter Olympics in 20 years.years[[note]] And technically, they still did, as it was indeed the smallest medal haul since the Nagano Games[[/note]]. But the team pulled itself together and finished 4th place in the medal count.
26th Feb '18 9:16:28 PM DrOO7
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* Dorothy Hamill continuing the trend of excellence in US ladies figure skating by becoming the fourth American woman to win a medal in this event.

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* Dorothy Hamill continuing the trend of excellence in US ladies figure skating by becoming the fourth American woman to win a gold medal in this event.
26th Feb '18 9:14:44 PM DrOO7
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* American women have earned 1-2 medals in ladies figure skating at nearly every Olympics since the sports inception, including 7 golds. This is a statistic no other country can boast. [[note]] Unfortunately, it makes the failure to win a medal since 2006 all the more noticeable and sadder. [[/note]]
26th Feb '18 9:11:26 PM DrOO7
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* Sarah Hughes' becoming the seventh American woman to earn gold in ladies figure skating with this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]]--much like Tara Lipinski in the 1998 Nagano Games, she knew she was bound to earn a medal of some color. And much like Lipinski, without the pressure on her to earn gold like it was on Michelle Kwan, she skated the performance of her life.

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* Sarah Hughes' not only becoming the seventh American woman to earn gold in ladies figure skating with this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]]--much performance]], it was also the first repeat victory in this event since Albright won in 1956 and Heiss' won in 1960. Much like Tara Lipinski in the 1998 Nagano Games, she knew she was bound to earn a medal of some color. And much like Lipinski, without the pressure on her to earn gold like it was on Michelle Kwan, she skated the performance of her life.
26th Feb '18 9:09:21 PM DrOO7
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[[folder: Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956]]
* Tenley Albright improving on her silver medal at the previous Games to win the US' first gold medal in ladies figure skating. Even better, it was a 1-2 finish with Carol Heiss, who would go on to win gold of her own at the following Games in Squaw Valley 1960.
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* Peggy Fleming winning the gold medal in ladies figure skating, the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in these games, reviving US figure skating following the death of most of the organizations members in the 1961 Sabena plane crash.

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* Peggy Fleming winning becoming the third woman to earn the gold medal in ladies figure skating, the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in these games, reviving US figure skating following the death of most of the organizations members in the 1961 Sabena plane crash.



* Dorothy Hamill continuing the trend of excellence in US ladies figure skating by becoming the fourth American woman to win a medal in this event.



* Kristi Yamaguchi's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozwFZ5NoNs gold-medal winning performance]] that was so good she won even though she ''fell''[[note]]It probably helped that everyone else fell too, but still[[/note]].

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* Kristi Yamaguchi's Yamaguchi becoming the fifth American woman to earn an Olympic gold medal with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozwFZ5NoNs gold-medal winning performance]] that was so good she won even though she ''fell''[[note]]It probably helped that everyone else fell too, but still[[/note]].still[[/note]]. Her medal and Nancy Kerrigan's bronze marked only the second time two US women had been on the podium since 1956.



* Additionally, they ''both'' made history as the first women of color to earn an Olympic medal in ladies figure skating.

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* Additionally, they ''both'' made history as the first Asian-American/Asian women of color to earn an Olympic medal in ladies figure skating.



* Nancy Kerrigan finally putting to rest the demons that had plagued her even ''before'' her vicious attack, namely, a lack of confidence and tendency to crack under pressure, and skating [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7RvWbnaDZk her best performance]]. So what if she only won silver?[[note]]Too bad she kind of [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining about the woman who won the gold]], Ukrainian Oksana Baiul.[[/note]] In particular, after coming off the ice, she's gushing about how "I got to do it!" In that moment, it didn't matter what color medal she won, if at all, she just wanted to know that she could skate cleanly instead of falling apart the way she always did.

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* Nancy Kerrigan finally putting to rest the demons that had plagued her even ''before'' her vicious attack, namely, a lack of confidence and tendency to crack under pressure, and skating [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7RvWbnaDZk her best performance]]. So what if she only won silver?[[note]]Too bad she kind of [[IsThisThingStillOn ruined it]] via [[SayingTooMuch whining about the woman who won the gold]], Ukrainian Oksana Baiul.[[/note]] In particular, after coming off the ice, she's gushing about how "I got to do it!" In that moment, it didn't matter what color medal she won, if at all, she just wanted to know that she could skate cleanly instead of falling apart the way she always did. What's more, regardless of color, she joined the very small group of skaters to earn ''two'' Olympic medals.



* Tara Lipinski's surprising gold-medal win[[note]]While she was expected to medal, Michelle Kwan was expected to win the gold[[/note]]. With nothing to lose and knowing that she was bound to win a medal of ''some'' color, she simply went out and skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lGt6auYDo the performance of her life]], full of energy and zest, edging out Kwan's technically flawless but very reserved performance.

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* Tara Lipinski's surprising gold-medal win[[note]]While she was expected to medal, Michelle Kwan was expected to win the gold[[/note]]. With nothing to lose and knowing that she was bound to win a medal of ''some'' color, she simply went out and skated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_lGt6auYDo the performance of her life]], full of energy and zest, edging out Kwan's technically flawless but very reserved performance.performance and becoming the sixth American woman to earn gold in this event.
* Lipinski and Kwan's 1-2 finish being the first for the US since Albright and Henley in 1956.



* Sarah Hughes' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]], earning her a completely unexpected gold medal. Much like Tara Lipinski in the 1998 Nagano Games, she knew she was bound to earn a medal of some color. And much like Lipinski, without the pressure on her to earn gold like it was on Michelle Kwan, she skated the performance of her life.

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* Sarah Hughes' becoming the seventh American woman to earn gold in ladies figure skating with this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40pX566hGTs electrifying figure skating performance]], earning her a completely unexpected gold medal. Much performance]]--much like Tara Lipinski in the 1998 Nagano Games, she knew she was bound to earn a medal of some color. And much like Lipinski, without the pressure on her to earn gold like it was on Michelle Kwan, she skated the performance of her life.life.
* Despite Kwan's disappointment at not winning gold, hers and Hughes 1-3 finish marked the ''fourth'' time two American women had been on the podium.
26th Feb '18 8:37:35 PM DrOO7
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* Additionally, they ''both'' made history as the first women of color to earn an Olympic medal in ladies figure skating.
26th Feb '18 5:25:14 AM DrOO7
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[[folder: Grenoble 1968]]
* Peggy Fleming winning the gold medal in ladies figure skating, the only gold medal that the U.S. Olympic team won in these games, reviving US figure skating following the death of most of the organizations members in the 1961 Sabena plane crash.
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25th Feb '18 12:13:19 PM kazokuhouou
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* For the first week, the US appeared to be on track to have their worst Winter Olympics in 20 years. But the team pulled itself together and looks to be finishing 4th place in the medal count.

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* For the first week, the US appeared to be on track to have their worst Winter Olympics in 20 years. But the team pulled itself together and looks to be finishing finished 4th place in the medal count.
25th Feb '18 10:23:36 AM kaboom
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** They ended up losing 4-3 to the Olympic Athletes from Russia in the final, but they took the heavily favored Russians to overtime in the process.
24th Feb '18 5:32:58 PM DrOO7
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* For the first week, the US appeared to be on track to have their worst Winter Olympics in 20 years. But the team pulled itself together and looks to be finishing 4th place in the medal count.
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