Team USA, once again, wins women’s medal count at Winter Olympics

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While the U.S. finishes the 2022 Winter Olympics ranked fifth in the overall medal count, the women’s medal standings show a very different picture. The United States claimed more medals in women’s events (13) than any other nation, though Dutch women claimed the most gold (6).

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As the 2022 Beijing Winter Games come to a close, here are a few key takeaways about the performance of U.S. women.

Women are responsible for bulk of Team USA medals

Of the 25 medals earned by U.S. athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics, women played a role in winning 17 (13 in women’s events, four in mixed gender events). In comparison, just eight medals were won in men’s events.

United States at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

  • Percentage of medals in women’s events: 52%
  • Percentage of medals in men’s events: 32%
  • Percentage of medals in mixed gender events: 16%

This is the second straight Winter Olympics in which a majority of U.S. medals were won by women. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, the U.S. won 23 medals total (12 in women’s events, 9 in men’s events, and two in mixed gender events).

U.S. women are doing more with less

These 2022 Beijing Winter Games have been called the most “gender equal” Winter Olympics in history. But that doesn’t mean they are actually equal.

The current Olympic program includes 46 women’s events compared to 51 for men, plus 12 mixed gender events. A variety of sports and events – including hockey, bobsled, and luge – also have more quota spots for men than women. (A complete guide to gender equity at the 2022 Winter Olympics can be found here.)

So it’s especially notable that the women of Team USA had such notable success given that they still have fewer overall medal and participation opportunities.

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In the lead-up to Beijing, U.S. women actually had more success in international qualification. American woman secured about 84 percent of available quota spots, while U.S. men qualified about 80 percent.

Even still, women were in the minority on the 2022 U.S. Olympic team. The 224-person roster included 108 women, 115 men, and one non-binary athlete. That said, not all 224 athletes competed in Beijing and thus earned the title of “Olympian” (more below).

USA and Canada break Winter Olympic women’s participation record

The U.S. and Canada both broke the record for most women from one nation to compete at a single Winter Olympics. The U.S. sent 108 women to Beijing, while Canada sent 106; ultimately, 105 women from both countries competed on the Olympic stage.

The previous record, 101, was set at the 2018 Winter Olympics – also by the United States and Canada.

The U.S. has now broken the women’s participation record at 11 consecutive Winter Olympics, a streak that began in 1984, according to Olympedia.org.

Team USA Medal Count at the 2022 Winter Olympics:

Medal

Athlete

Sport

Event

Date

Silver Julia Marino Snowboarding Women’s Slopestyle 6-Feb
Silver Jaelin Kauf Freestyle skiing Women’s Moguls 6-Feb
Silver Evan Bates, Karen Chen, Nathan Chen, Madison Chock, Zach Donohue, Brandon Frazier, Madison Hubbell, Alexa Knierim, Vincent Zhou Figure skating Team Event (Mixed Gender) 7-Feb
Silver Ryan Cochran-Siegle Alpine skiing Men’s Super-G 8-Feb
Bronze Jessie Diggins Cross-country skiing Women’s Individual Sprint 8-Feb
Gold Lindsey Jacobellis Snowboarding Women’s Snowboard Cross 9-Feb
Silver Colby Stevenson Freestyle skiing Men’s Big Air 9-Feb
Gold Nathan Chen Figure skating Men’s Singles 10-Feb
Gold Ashley Caldwell, Christopher Lillis, Justin Schoenefeld Freestyle skiing Mixed Gender Team Aerials 10-Feb
Gold Chloe Kim Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe 10-Feb
Gold Nick Baumgartner, Lindsey Jacobellis Snowboarding Mixed Gender Team Snowboard Cross 12-Feb
Gold Erin Jackson Speed skating Women’s 500m 13-Feb
Gold Kaillie Humphries Bobsleigh Women’s Monobob 14-Feb
Silver Elana Meyers Taylor Bobsleigh Women’s Monobob 14-Feb
Bronze Zachary Donohue, Madison Hubbell Figure skating Ice Dance (Mixed Gender) 14-Feb
Bronze Megan Nick Freestyle Skiing Women’s Aerials 14-Feb
Bronze Ethan Cepuran, Casey Dawson, Emery Lehman, Joey Mantia Speed skating Men’s Team Pursuit 15-Feb
Gold Alex Hall Freestyle skiing Men’s Slopestyle 16-Feb
Silver Nick Goepper Freestyle skiing Men’s Slopestyle 16-Feb
Silver U.S. Women’s Hockey Team (Cayla Barnes, Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Alex Carpenter, Alex Cavallini, Jesse Compher, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker, Jincy Dunne, Savannah Harmon, Caroline Harvey, Nicole Hensley, Megan Keller, Amanda Kessel, Hilary Knight, Abbey Murphy, Kelly Pannek, Maddie Rooney, Abby Roque, Hayley Scamurra, Lee Stecklein, Grace Zumwinkle) Hockey Women’s Tournament 17-Feb
Bronze Brittany Bowe Speed skating Women’s 1000m 17-Feb
Silver David Wise Freestyle skiing Men’s halfpipe 19-Feb
Bronze Alex Ferreira Freestyle skiing Men’s halfpipe 19-Feb
Bronze Elana Meyers Taylor, Sylvia Hoffman Bobsled Two-woman 19-Feb
Silver Jessie Diggins Cross-country skiing Women’s 30km freestyle 20-Feb

The NBC Olympics research team contributed to this report. 

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