** Spoiler alert, but only if you’re living in a bubble and don’t know the results from Sunday’s swimming competition yet.**
Did you know:
- Women’s soccer has only been an Olympics sport since 1996 (ridiculous).
- Women’s floor exercises in gymnastics are longer than men’s (70-90 seconds as opposed to 60-70 seconds) and use music, while men do not.
- Dana Vollmer broke the 100M fly world record and scored the gold for Team USA this weekend.
- This is the first year that all participating nations have women competing.
- It’s also the first year that Team USA has more women than men competing.
- Women are boxing for the first time in London, though they had a demonstration competition in 1904. (Who dropped the ball in the meantime, ladies??) With this advance, there are no remaining summer sports where women can’t compete.
- In 1900, Charlotte Chattie Cooper was the first woman to win an Olympic title when she defeated her French counterpart in the women’s singles final (tennis).
- After female athletes collapsed during track competitions in 1928 and were criticized for being “unfeminine” and “undignified”, they were banned from racing further than 200M, a ruling that stood at the Olympic level for 32 years.
- In beach volleyball, women are required to wear two-piece uniforms, and there’s a maximum size for the bikini bottom. (Yes, really.)
What amazing women have you been watching this week? And what great ladies will you be cheering for as the Olympics continue?
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I’m rooting for Aly Raisman!! 🙂