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Why Carina Vogt Has Been the Star of the Sochi Games Thus Far

Carina Vogt accepting her gold medal.
Carina Vogt accepting her gold medal.Morry Gash/Associated Press
Lacey DavisContributor IIIFebruary 13, 2014

Carina Vogt might not be a name that everyone has heard before the Olympics, or even one that they’ve heard every time they turn on their TV during these Sochi Games, but Vogt has made the history books with her first ever Olympic gold medal.

The German ski jumper was the first woman to earn gold in her event. She wasn’t the favorite to win, but she beat the odds in classic underdog fashion.

The event was never in the Olympics for women prior to this year for several reasons, according to the IOC. They claimed it was too dangerous, harmful to women’s health and had too few competitors. With Lindsay Van, an American ski jumper, as a major driving force behind the change, the IOC decided this was the time to make it available to women.

Vogt is 22 years old and competing in her first Olympics, with more hopefully in the future. She was pitted against the heavy favorite, Sara Takanashi of Japan, who ended up placing fourth.

Teammates celebrate with Vogt after her victorious jump.
Teammates celebrate with Vogt after her victorious jump.Matthias Schrader/Associated Press/Associated Press

The German skier has never won a world cup event. Last year in Italy she placed fifth in the individual normal hill. These aren't the credentials you expect from an Olympic gold medalist. But the Olympics aren’t scripted and surprises happen every day.

Vogt told ESPN after her race, "I cannot find the right words, it's amazing, I wouldn't have thought it was possible three hours ago."

She’s a hero to girls in the sport who are able to have bigger dreams than ever now that they’ve seen it on one of the most watched stages in the world.

The gold medalist earned an overall total of 247.4 points, putting her six points ahead of Takanshi, a competitor that beat her just a month earlier.

Vogt told USA Today, "Until now, I am a little bit surprised that I could manage with that amount of pressure that I had.” Managing is one way to describe it, but the medal around her neck does the talking for her.

Her history with the sport started when she was four years old and watched the sport on television, something many small children do. She has turned that childhood vision into accomplishing something very few people are capable of doing, however.

CBS news reporter, Heather Hiscox, realized the history that she witnessed. Although she wasn't the only one impressed with Vogt on Twitter, she catches the gist of the general consensus. 

She is a name that the sport won’t soon forget. She will have history hanging on her wall, or wherever Olympic athletes like to show off their medals.

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