women in olympics

This lack of innovation – or blatant lack of interest – in paying and promoting the U.S. women’s national hockey team is confounding. This has been one of the country’s most successful national teams over the past two decades, never having left an Olympic Games without a medal, while also winning seven of the last nine world championships.

Yet the disrespect this team receives from the men who run USA Hockey is palpable. When the governing body unveiled the 2014 Olympic jerseys to be worn by the men’s and women’s teams, something was missing — mention of the Olympic gold medal won by the women. Written on the right sleeve were the years “1960” and “1980,” the two times the U.S. men have famously won the Olympic gold medal. Conspicuously absent was “1998,” the year the U.S. women won the Olympic gold medal.

To this day, USA Hockey continues to sell jerseys without “1998” on the sleeve.

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Simone Biles (b. 1997) is currently the most decorated American gymnast. She set a national record at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, winning four gold medals, the most a female gymnast has won in a single game.

She has a total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, fourteen of them gold. She has been the world all-around champion on three consecutive years, and the US national all-around champion four times, from 2013 to 2016.

Rūta Meilutytė (b. 1997) is a professional swimmer from Lithuania. She is currently the world record holder in three events: 50-meter and 100-meter breaststroke (long course) and 100-meter breaststroke (short course).

She has set several national and European records, breaking even her own. By the age of 15 she had broken 11 Lithuanian records in women’s swimming. At the same age she won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, becoming the youngest athlete from her country to do so.

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2016: Year in Review ⇾ Simone Biles at the olympics

Simone Biles finished one of the greatest Olympic Games performances by a gymnast, with five gold medals. Her five medals tie the hardware haul of a USA woman at a single Olympic Games, and her four golds tie an Olympic record shared by three others.Having won a combined total of nineteen Olympic and World Championship medals, she is the most decorated American gymnast, taking over from Shannon Miller, who had held this record since 1996.

Claudia Poll (b. 1972) is an Olympic swimmer from Costa Rica, and the only gold-medalist of the country. She achieved this at the 1996 Atlanta Games, in the 200m freestyle event. She also hold multiple national records in the sport.

She was the first person to win an Olympic gold medal not only from Costa Rica, but from the whole of Central America, a feat that stood until 2008. She set multiple records at the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006, beating the ones previously set by her sister Silvia.

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Born on this day…

December 31, 1995

Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas: Gymnast, Olympic Gold Medalist

Quote:

“Hard days are the best because that’s when champions are made.”

Books:

Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

Raising the Bar

Additional Quick Read:

Gabby Douglas: ‘For a Little While, I lost Sight of Everything Positive’