Americans of a certain age were treated to “The Great American Melting Pot”, an ode to the diversity of Schoolhouse Rock. At the same time, individual groups in the United States saw a commitment to equality and an understanding of the diversity within their shores was often seen as Ron Burgundy’s “Old Wooden Ship” – simply obscene and wrong.
The path to equality for all people is still far from complete, but the list of the US team for the 2022 Winter Olympics is much more representative of the people who call this country home.
Let’s start with the women of the US national team, who absolutely manage it. American women have collected nine of the country’s 13 medals at these Olympics and, as In its territory showswomen are a minority in the 2022 U.S. Olympic team, whose list of 224 people includes 108 women, 115 men and one non-binary athlete.
As a lone American who speaks out to non-binary athletes, Timothy Ledziuk makes the story the first of its kind for both appear on the list of the Winter Olympics and participate in the Games themselves.
NBC Olympics presenter Mike Tyricaput Winter triumphs in the run with exciting comments this week.
“In the nearly 100-year history of the Winter Olympics, only two black Americans have won individual medals,” said Tirika. “That is, until yesterday, when in less than 24 hours, two more women added their names to the list, Erin Jackson winning gold in speed skating in the oval and then in the bobsleigh Elana Meers Taylora three-time medalist in the two women’s standings, taking silver in the monobobe.
“At a time when diversity has become an even bigger topic in the living room and boardroom, in the midst of a month of black history, time is becoming more prominent. Involvement in winter sports has long been lacking … the transformation doesn’t usually happen overnight, but the sight of Meers Taylor and Jackson on the medal podium undoubtedly gives young athletes the power to suggest that these sports may also be their area. “.
Lots of great and varied accomplishments for the U.S. team
While the medals of Jackson and Meers Taylor shine noticeably, it should be noted that these Olympics show many sections of society on this planet.
We have already mentioned LeDuc. And now note that the US team includes:
In addition, three of the four women in the US bobsleigh team are black, and four of the six singles of the Olympic team are Americans of Chinese descent.
Understanding continues its victorious paths
Of course, there is still a lot of ignorance left in our country and in the world, just as more and more diversity is being demonstrated in the United States and the International Olympic lists.
But while there is work to be done on recognizing progress, another quote from Tirik sounds particularly true. Referring to Jackson’s gold medal, Tirika was inspired not only to raise her new standard as a black athlete in speed skating in the US, but also as a role model for athletes.
“For her, a dream has come true, and perhaps the grain of a dream for future Olympians, regardless of color,” said Tirika. “What a moment.”