We love watching the Olympics for many reasons, but especially because it's so inspiring to see strong female athletes make history, break records, and otherwise rock. In anticipation of the upcoming Summer Games in London, we set out to recognize some of the many amazing women who have competed through the years. It was hard to narrow down this list to 15 athletes because all Olympians are exceptional in some way, but we think the following ladies have helped shaped the world's view of what female athletes can do.
Who do you think should be on this list? Read on for our top 15 favorite female Olympians and then let us know who you admire and why!