Andy Murray Shuts Down the Latest Sexist Comment Out of Rio
We consider his response to this reporter a serious grand slam
Over halfway through the Olympic Games in Rio and we are virtually swimming in stories about badass female athletes breaking records and bringing home serious hardware. But sadly, even the incredible performance of female athletes-who now make up 45 percent of all Olympians, the most in history, by the way-isn't enough to shut down the culture of sexism in sports at the Games. (Related: The Face Of Today's Modern Athlete Is Changing)
Already, we've seen several instances when men steal the spotlight from the well-deserving women in Rio (like when swimmer Katinka Hosszú crushed the previous record in the 400-meter individual medley and commentators gave the credit to her husband/coach or when female trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein was credited not for her accomplishments but as the "wife of a Bears' lineman"). But not everyone is having it. (Here's more on How Olympic Media Coverage Undermines Female Athletes.)
Tennis gold medalist and reigning Wimbledon champ Andy Murray was quick to correct the latest sexist comment in a post-win interview. On Sunday, Murray won his second consecutive Olympic gold in men's singles tennis and was immediately asked by a reporter how it felt to be the first person to win multiple golds at the games. In response, Murray delivered a swift dose of fact checking. Although he's the first to win more than one gold in a singles title, Venus and Serena Williams have long since crushed the double gold standard.
In response to being lauded as the "first person ever" to achieve the feat, Murray said: "Well, to defend the singles title, I think Venus and Serena [Williams] have won about four each." That's a grand slam in our book.