Not To State The Obvious, But Women Are The Stars Of The Olympics

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.

Dylan Martinez/ Reuters Oksana Chusovitina is 41 years old and a better gymnast than you.

International tales abound, too. Wu Minxia became the first diver in history to win five Olympic gold medals. Oksana Chusovitina, a 41 -year-old gymnast representing Uzbekistan, competed in her seventh Olympics.( For reference, Chusovitina’s 17 -year-old son is older than U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez .) The refugee team’s Yusra Mardini, who saved the well-being of more than a dozen refugees when she and two others pushed a sink barge to security on a Greek island, won her heat in the women’s 100 -meter butterfly. She is just 18 years old.

Even when it comes to heartbreak, girls are the major narratives coming out of Rio, too. Mara Abbott’s last-second loss in the women’s road race and Serena and Venus Williams’ shocking loss to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarovain women’s doubles were two of Sunday’s most talked-about tales.

Simone Biles is likely the best part of the Rio Olympics.

Then, of course, there is the U.S. women’s gymnastics squad, which altogether destroyed the global rivalry with smiles on their faces Sunday. Hernandez, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian beat out second-place China in academic qualifications by almost 10 full points. For reference, China didn’t even beat last-place Belgium by that much. And as anyone who was watching can tell you, it was utterly transfixing to see five athletes perform their craft to near perfection. And there’s still much more to come.

But yeah, women’s athletics aren’t fun to watch.

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