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These 30 Fearless Women Made Olympic History

02/12/2014 09:40 am ET | Updated Feb 12, 2014
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There may have been just one gold medal awarded in the inaugural women's ski jump event at the 2014 Winter Olympics but every competitor made history. The 30 ski jumpers who flew through the air at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center in Sochi on Tuesday were the first women to ever compete in the event at the Olympics. Men's ski jumping was included in the program of the very first Winter Games of 1924 in Chamonix but women had been grounded until 2014.

"Girls are much more capable than people give them credit for, a lot of the time," U.S. ski jumper Jessica Jerome said after placing 10th on Tuesday. "And I think that we've shown that tonight. We've shown we belong here, and we put on a great show."

Ninety years after Jacob Tullin Thams won the first gold medal awarded in men's ski jump, Carina Vogt took home gold in the debut women's event.

Here are the 30 fearless pioneers who soared into the history books:

Carina Vogt, Germany
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AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Austria
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Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Coline Mattel, France
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PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Sara Takanashi, Japan
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JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

Evelyn Insam, Italy
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ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Maja Vtic, Slovenia
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Yuki Ito, Japan
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Maren Lundby, Norway
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Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Line Jahr, Norway
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Jessica Jerome, United States
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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Katja Pozun, Slovenia
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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Atsuko Tanaka, Canada
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Taylor Henrich, Canada
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Helena Olsson Smeby, Norway
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Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Lindsey Van, United States
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Irina Avvakumova, Russia
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Julia Kykkaenen, Finland
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PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Bigna Windmueller, Switzerland
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Julia Clair, France
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PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Lea Lemare, France
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ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

Sarah Hendrickson, United States
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Ulrike Graessler, Germany
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Katharina Althaus, Germany
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Gyda Enger, Norway
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AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Chiara Hoelzl, Austria
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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Spela Rogelj, Slovenia
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PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images

Eva Logar, Slovenia
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Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Gianina Ernst, Germany
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Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Elena Runggaldier, Italy
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Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Yurina Yamada, Japan
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Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

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