At the Winter Games, host China succeeded in squelching public discussion by athletes of its human rights record.
Growing up in Ocala, Florida, ice skating is not common, and Erin Jackson had not even stepped on an ice rink until 2016.
Erin Jackson made history on a frenetic dash around Beijing's magnificent speedskating oval.
Jackson's gold came after teammate Brittany Bowe gave up her spot on the team to ensure Jackson would get to skate in Beijing.
Erin Jackson has become the first Black woman to win a speedskating medal at the Winter Olympics.
Ireen Wüst skated into the record books at the Beijing Games by becoming the first athlete to claim individual gold medals at five different Olympics.
John Shuster will become the first curler to carry the American flag in an Olympic opening ceremony at this year's Beijing Games.
Thousands of the world's best athletes are getting ready for the Beijing Winter Olympics. These top Americans should be on your list to watch.
Many of the world's best athletes are preparing for the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. These are some of the top ones to watch.
"This is an act I'll never forget," Jackson said.