Olympic firsts: 10 athletes who made historyTuAnh DamYahoo SportsFebruary 8, 2018As the stage gets set for the Olympics, we take a look back at some memorable Olympic firsts.Nigerian Bobsledding Team: Bobsledding, NigeriaSeun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga switched from the track to the ice and made history on their way. They’re the first ever African bobsled team to qualify for the Olympics as well as the first Nigerian athletes to compete at a Winter Olympics. Kim Yu-Na: Figure Skating, South KoreaFew athletes have ingrained themselves in the history book as Kim Yu-Na. The South Korean figure skater won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics, the first South Korean to do so. She retired in 2014, having never finished a competition off the podium. Ole Einar Bjorndalen: Biathlon, NorwayNo one has more Winter Olympic medals than the Ole Einar “The King of Biathlon” Bjorndalen. The Norwegian competed in six Olympics from 1994 to 2014, racking up 13 medals. He also swept the men’s gold medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Shani Davis: Speedskating, USADavis was the first African American athlete to win an individual Olympic gold medal, taking first in the speedskating 1000 meter event at the 2006 Turin games. He added another gold to his collection in 2010 as well as two silvers in the 1500 meter race. Midori Ito: Figure Skating, JapanExpect to see jumps galore during the women’s figure skating competition and credit that to Midori Ito. The Japanese figure skater is the first woman to land a triple-triple jump combination and at the 1988 Calgary Olympics where she won a silver medal, she became the first woman to land seven triple jumps in a free skating competition. Steven Bradbury: Speedskating, Australia No one’s done more for Australia in the Winter Olympic Games than Steven Bradbury. He was part of the short track relay team that won Australia’s first Winter Olympic medal, a bronze in 1994, and then followed that up with a gold in 2002 in what was called “the most unexpected gold medal in history.” Bradbury, back in last place, avoided a collision that took out the rest of the competitors to skate away with the gold medal. Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue: Pairs Figure Skating, ChinaThe Chinese pair already had a pair of Olympic bronze medals when they walked away from ice skating in 2007. But they returned in 2009, unranked and two years removed from competition to go after the elusive Olympic Gold medal. Hongbo and Xue’s combined score set a world record as they became the first Chinese skaters to win a gold medal, ending Russia’s 46-year twelve-Olympic gold medal streak. Maame Biney: Speedskating, USAEighteen year old Maame Biney already made history before even setting foot in PyeongChang. The Ghana-native, who competes for the United States, is the first African American Woman to make the U.S. Speed Skating team. If she medals, she’ll add that to her list of history making accomplishments. Alexandre Bilodeau: Skiing, CanadaIt wasn’t just that Alexandre Bilodeau won a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It was that he was the first Canadian to win a gold medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics. The skier successfully defended his gold medal in 2010 and was one of 14 athletes to win gold in their home country. Shaun White: Snowboarding, USAThe face of snowboarding, not just in the US but around the world too, Shaun White made the sport popular. He took home two gold medals in the halfpipe in 2006 and 2010, but finished fourth in 2014. White will compete in PyeongChang for his third gold medal.