Five Super Cool U.S. Women of the Winter Olympics
From Meryl Davis to Hannah Teter, the most inspiring U.S. women of the Winter Games so far. Plus: What we’re looking forward to watching the rest of the week in as the ladies continue to compete.
-April Daniels Hussar
Has this been one of the most fun Olympic seasons or what? I’m telling you, the Olympic Games are by far and away the best reality show EVER. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve been totally swept away by the real-life characters and their unfolding stories. And not a fist bump in sight – are you listening, producer people? It’s possible to be entertained AND uplifted at the same time! Amazing!
Of course, we love watching the men compete as much as the ladies, but there’s something so great about seeing powerful woman show us the beauty in their strength and overall kick-ass-ness. Here are some of the women who have been most inspiring so far — and what we can learn from them. Plus: what we’re looking forward to watching as the final week of the Winter Olympics unfolds.
Meryl Davis, US Ice Skater, 23
Lesson: There is beauty in strength; grace in power.
Monday night was a thrill watching Meryl Davis and her ice dancing partner Charlie White take the silver for the US – the University of Michigan student, told the Associated Press, “There is so much to be proud of right now.” And how!
Ice skating is always an Olympic favorite, and Davis embodies what is so gorgeous about it – that particular combination of softness and sensuality made possible by nerves and a body of steel.
“North America has really come into its own in terms of ice dance,” Davis said of the upset that took the gold away from Russia after a 30-year winning streak. “This Olympics is a little bit of a turning point again. It’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
Lindsey Vonn, US Alpine Skier, 25
Lesson: Push yourself beyond the pain.
Lindsay Vonn will ski away from Vancouver with at least one gold medal for turning in an incredible performance during the women’s downhill. This win happened after a leg injury left her in excruciating pain and uncertain if she’d be able to compete at all. Most incredibly to me, she refused to let her doctor x-ray her sore shin, because she didn’t want to hear it was broken. Now that’s mind over matter.
Vonn ended up wiping out in her next event, but she went on to take the bronze for the Super G on Saturday. I can’t wait to see how she does in the slaloms.
Of course, we can’t talk about Vonn and not mention …