Female athletes are finally getting the attention they deserve thanks to some amazing successes in Rio.
Over the last few weeks, the talented women of Team USA proved to be queens of all things athletic, taking home the most medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite the challenges they faced throughout the games––from sexist media coverage to social media bullying––these ladies did not let anything take away from their hard-earned success.
Team USA completely dominated the Olympics in overall scoring, with both men and women winning a combined 121 medals. In case you're counting (because let's face it, we all are) that's more than any other country. Out of the total medal count, 61 were won by women, while men took home 55. And that's not it.
Twenty-seven out of America's 46 gold medals were also accredited to women––collaboratively giving the ladies more gold medals than any other country aside from Great Britain. Now that's impressive.
You might be most surprised to learn that this isn't the first time American women have outpaced their male team members at the Olympics. They did some serious damage at the 2012 London Games as well, garnering 58 medals overall, compared to 45 won by their male counterparts.
As much as we wish that this year's success was entirely because of #GirlPower, there are a few other reasons why American women did so well in Rio. For starters, this is the first time in history that Team USA had more women compete than men. That ratio itself gave women more shots at the podium.
Another is that new women's sports were added to the 2016 roster. Women's rugby finally made its debut at the Olympics this year, as well as women's golf. NPR also stated that the ladies of Team USA had the advantage of standout individual athletes like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky and Allyson Felix who won 13 medals combined. Not to mention that the U.S. track and field and basketball teams also set records of their own.
Overall, there is no denying that Team USA's women absolutely killed it in Rio, and simply spelling out their accomplishments doesn't do them justice. It's amazing to see these inspirational women finally get the recognition they deserve.