As the XXII Olympic Winter Games come to a close, we want to thank all @TeamUSA Olympians for their hard work!
U.S. Embassy Moscow is on the ground to support Team USA at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Go Team USA!
Check out their Instagram account to see more photos from the games!
Michelle Kwan, 5-time World Figure Skating Champion, 2-time Olympic Medalist, and Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of State, shares the Department of State’s well wishes in the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. To learn more about Sports Diplomacy, check out our Office of Education and Cultural Affairs.
Our #BlackHistoryMonth post today features an Olympian! Vonetta Flowers made history in 2002 when she became the first African American to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Vonetta was originally a track-and-field athlete, making it to the qualifiers for the American team in 1996 and 2000. But sadly, after five surgeries for several injuries, she decided to stop competing. Just two years later, her husband spotted a help-wanted advertisement, asking for American track-and-field athletes to try out for the bobsled team. By the next Olympics, Vonetta and her teammate, Jill Bakken, took home the gold - the first for an American bobsled team in 46 years! You can find more information about Vonetta Flowers here.
In the U.S., February is Black History Month! Celebrate with us every day at noon as we post a new #BHM fun fact.
Are you excited to watch all the amazing athletes at the Olympics?
Who was the first female Team USA athlete to medal at a Winter Games? Find out who and learn more about the history of the Winter Games here!
Team USA comes from different backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and genders. What do they all have in common? They are all athletes!
Check out our video showcasing U.S. Olympians, Paralympians, and recreational athletes of various backgrounds.
Image description: U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham and his teammates Sgts. Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Abraham Morlu jump into a bobsled at an event at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013.
Cunningham and Olsen — who won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic games — are assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and will compete alongside many other military members at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Photo by Tim Hipps, U.S. Army
Are you fired up for the Sochi Winter Olympics?
Here’s a flashback from 50 years ago from the 1964 Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, courtesy of our colleagues at National Archives’ Motion Picture Preservation Lab:
This Week in Universal News: The 1964 Winter OlympicsWINTER OLYMPICS RECORDS FALL AT INNSBRUCK: The eyes of 37 nations are on Innsbruck, Austria as their favorite sons – and daughters – vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. A Russian husband and wife team win the pair figure skating. The Ski races are highlighted by Egon Zimmerman’s victory in the downhill. Great Britain wins her third Gold Medal in the history of Winter Olympics as the team of Bony Nash and Robin Nixon win by 12/100th of a second. Christine and Marielle Boitschel, representing France, run one and two in the women’s Slalom. Jean Saubert wins Uncle Sam’s first medal – a Bronze – as she places third.
Are you going to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? Check out our Google+ Hangout with Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf and other Department of State officials to learn more about what to expect during your trip and check out the latest travel information here!