Sorry, but can we just take a second and appreciate that after only two and a half days of competitor, women are already the clear superstars of the Rio Olympics?
Even if you dismiss the beloved U.S. women’s football team, females are doing awesome things in Rio de Janeiro everywhere you look. Most plainly, U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky, perhaps the best athlete in the world, is destroying her own world records and finally get the national recognition she deserves.
Katie Ledecky shatters her own world record.
But two of her teammates, Dana Vollmer and Lilly King, both became national heroes on Sunday, too. Vollmer won a bronze medal in the 100 -meter butterfly just 17 months after giving birth. King called out a Russian swimmer on national Tv for her history of doping. “I’m not this sweet little girl, that’s not who I am, ” she said subsequently.
The U.S. women’s basketball squad set a team record for margin of victory. American Kathryn Johnson delivered a devastate hit that woke the world up to the world that is women’s rugby. Ibtihaj Muhammad lost in the women’s individual sabre round of 16 on Monday, but she did induce history when she became the first U.S. athlete to compete and win a match at the Olympics in a hijab.