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15 Female Athletes You Should Know At the Sochi Olympics


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The opening ceremony doesn’t take place until tomorrow, but sporting events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics start today. And you know what that means for us nerds: The beginning of the only time when a lot of us, myself included, ever give a flip about anything sports-related. I will fully admit to being pretty damn sports-clueless. But I’ve bitten the bullet, taken advantage of my research skills, and compiled this list of 15 female athletes that you, my nerdy brethren, should keep an eye on at Sochi.

We feel it’s important to acknowledge and appreciate the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sports, but while we cheer for their potential and their victories, we should remember that they stand in contrast to the many Russian citizens in crisis as their government turns a blind eye to widespread violent acts against he LGBTQ community there.

Here, then, are 15 ladies you should keep an eye on until the Olympics end on February 23rd. Then we can go back to only caring about games with the words “video” or “tabletop” in front of them.


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  • Gerald Kirby

    Glad to see you included some non-American athletes. That’s always my biggest problem with US media coverage of the Games. This is a meeting of the best in the world, and the US media only highlights their own athletes.

  • Troy Lenze

    I was hoping for some curling women. Everyone should know curling.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see the D-L sisters on there, this was looking like a pretty American list. (We’re going to crush you in hockey, by the way. Hayley Wickenheiser is the best.)

    All four of our Canadian women mogulists have qualified straight through for the finals without needing a semifinal run, so things are looking pretty good there.

    Really looking forward to the ski and snow cross and the new slopestyle events, they look like tons of fun.

  • Erin Treat

    I can’t believe you included Lolo Jones, considering the backstory to her being there. Yuck.

  • Gerald Kirby

    Yes! Hayley is attending her 4th Olympics, and as the Captain of Team Canada’s Women’s Hockey Team, she has led them to win Gold at the last three Winter Olympics! Plus, she is the Canadian flag bearer this year.

  • Anonymous

    I was reading about Kim Yuna last night (kind of randomly – http://hellotailor.blogspot.com/ had a post on figure skating) and that woman has had a seriously impressive career. She hasn’t competed much in the last couple of years, but apparently she’s the first South Korean to win a figure skating medal in a major international competition and has never entered a competition where she didn’t medal.

  • Anonymous

    Seconding on the curling! Random fact: Minnesota (my home state)
    is sending more athletes (19) than any other state except CA (tied) and
    Colorado (20). More than half of those are on the hockey teams, but
    our second biggest sport is curling! We’ve got to have something to make up for the fact that it was -10 this morning. In the warmest part of the state. Urg.

  • Skol Troll

    Someone needs to explain the fascination on hating on Lolo Jones. Happened at the Summer Olympics, too. WAY too much negativity for the gal from Des Moines, in my opinion.

  • Erin Treat

    She stole a more qualified person’s spot because she’s a big name? What don’t you understand?

  • Skol Troll

    “Stole?” I heard that, but I associated that with jealousy from 3rd place. Still doesn’t explain the Summer Olympics backlash. Plus, her team has already WON A GOLD, just not Olympic: http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2014/02/06/lolo-jones-faces-uphill-fight-in-2014-womens-bobsleigh/

  • Adrian

    No disrespect to any of the athletes from any of the participating countries but I was turned off by the Sochi Olympics when I found out about the stray dogs.

  • Ashe

    HA. I’m the same way. I could give less of a flip about sports…but I *love* the Olympics. I love seeing the extent to which the human body can be pushed to, the grace, the competition, countries all showing off what they can do: badass!

  • Shhhh

    Not this time! Hilary Knight is going to take the US women’s hockey team all the way this year – I can feel it

  • John W

    Have there ever been an instance of siblings medaling together?

  • cheesy

    I didn’t watch the last Olympics more than here or there for pretty much that reason. I don’t want to hear the same old spiel over and over again at every commercial break. I want to hear about the best in the world, wherever they’re from, instead of having the same athletes shoved down my throat. I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist this time though. I always liked the Winter games more.

  • cheesy

    Oh, no. What about the stray dogs?

  • Gerald Kirby

    Thankfully we live in the internet era. http://olympics.cbc.ca/ has Canadian coverage streamed online. You’ll get a focus on Canadian athletes and performances, there will be more event coverage too.

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Not going to lie, Hayley Wickenheiser is my favourite lady-crush :)

  • Elizabeth Wells

    Story link please?

  • Gerald Kirby

    Not sure if it’s happened in the past, but it just happened today. Gold and Silver for Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe.

  • Anonymous

    Justine and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe got gold and silver in the women’s moguls! Congratulations to them both!

  • Gerald Kirby

    I was just re-reading the list, and there is a small mistake. Katey Stone might be the first female coach for the USA Women’s Hockey team at the Olympic level, but she is not the first female Olympic coach. Shannon Miller was the head coach of the Canadian Women’s team in 1998.

  • Anonymous

    I CALLED IT!!

    That was quite possibly the best hockey game I have ever watched. I was certain we’d lost it. Both teams played amazingly, so congratulations to everyone.

  • Shhhh

    Everything hurts and I’m dying