Females Who Are Slaying the 2020 Summer Olympics
After our beloved global games were postponed last year due to COVID-19, many of us are anxiously waiting to cheer on our favorite female athletes this summer in the 2020 Olympic Games. As we gear up for the torch to light on July 23rd in Tokyo, we'll keep you updated on the latest boss babe highlights and accomplishments, and keep the good news coming as we watch our USA teams go for the gold in gymnastics, track and field, swimming, and more.
Get your 2020 Olympic highlights below:
Here Are Our Top 5 Memorable Moments for Women at Tokyo Olympics - "The Summer Games have officially wound down in Tokyo, Japan, doing so with much fanfare in Sunday's closing ceremonies. After more than a year of setbacks and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Games will easily go down in history."
Tamyra Mensah-Stock, First U.S. Black Woman To Win Olympic Wrestling Gold - "Wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock made history this week when she won gold at the Olympics for the women's 68-kilogram freestyle final, becoming only the second woman — and the first Black woman — to win an Olympic wrestling gold for the United States."
USWNT Takes Bronze Medal at Tokyo Olympics: 'We're Very Proud' - "The United States women’s soccer team took home the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, beating Australia in a 4-3 match."
Sydney Mclaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad Broke the 400-Meter Hurdle World Record and Took Gold, Silver - "Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad just broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdle, scoring both the gold and silver medals at the Summer Games in Tokyo on behalf of the U.S."
New Zealand's Rugby Team Celebrates Win With Emotional Haka Dance - "On Saturday, the Black Ferns team took on France in the final at the Summer Games in Tokyo and, after winning 26-12, performed their version of the haka called "Ko Uhia Mai," or "Let It Be Known."
Laurel Hubbard Becomes First Openly Trans Athlete To Compete at Olympics - "Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard made history this week by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games."
Sunisa Lee Makes History With ‘Dream Come True’ Gymnastics Win at Olympics - "U.S. gymnast Sunisa Lee just made history when she took home the gold medal for women’s individual all-around gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. She is the first Hmong-American athlete to win gold on the Olympic stage."
U.S. Women Win First-Ever 3-on-3 Basketball Gold Medal at Olympics - "A team of women from the U.S. made history on Wednesday when they took home the inaugural gold medal in the debut of 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics."
Simone Biles Withdraws From Olympics Final Due to Mental Health Issues - "We have to protect our body and our mind. It just sucks when you’re fighting with your own head," she said, adding that she and her teammates are "not just athletes, we’re people at the end of the day."
This Olympic Fencer Lost Her Match, Then Her Coach Proposed - "Argentine fencer Maria Belen Pérez Maurice faced off against Anna Márton of Hungary at the Summer Games in Tokyo over the weekend. Just after Pérez Maurice lost the match, her boyfriend, longtime coach, and partner, Lucas Guillermo Saucedo, proposed, live on television."
These Olympic Gymnasts Wore Unitards to Push Back on ‘Sexualization’ - "In the last week, the team debuted their full-body unitards at the Summer Games in Tokyo in what the German Gymnastics Federation is calling a statement against “sexualization. Ordinarily, gymnasts wear bikini-cut unitards, but the German team is pushing back on what they believe those garments represent."
Pink Slams ‘Sexist’ Uniform Rules Imposed on Norway Team, Offers To Pay Their Fine - "Pink is speaking out against the penalty imposed on the Norwegian women’s beach handball team last week, offering to pay their fines for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at the European championships."
Oksana Chusovitina, 46, Takes Final Bow After Competing in Her 8th Olympics - " She won her first Olympic medal in 1992, taking home a gold medal in the team event, and has since won 11 medals at 17 world championships. The legendary gymnast even has "had five moves named after her because she was the first to perform them at a world championship or Olympics," as per the New York Times."
Naomi Osaka Makes History Lighting Olympic Cauldron in Tokyo - "On Friday, the four-time Grand Slam champion made history as the first tennis player to light the cauldron, kicking off the Summer Games in Tokyo. Per tradition, the cauldron will say lit for the entirety of the Games."
Coco Gauff Withdraws From Olympics After Testing Positive for COVID-19 - "The teenage tennis star issued a statement on Twitter over the weekend, telling fans she's 'so disappointed to share the news that I have tested positive for COVID and won't be able to play in the Olympic Games in Tokyo.' "
Simone Biles Nabs Spot on U.S. Team Headed To Tokyo Olympics - "Despite having an off day including a fall off the beam, stepping out of bounds during her floor exercise, and making a few mistakes during her bar routine, Biles racked up a two-day score of 118.098 and earned the highest score on floor."
Chelsea Wolfe Makes History As First Trans U.S. Athlete To Go To Olympics - "In an emotional Instagram post about the news, Wolfe wrote that it's "taking a bit to fully register that after so many years of work we finally have the @teamusa BMX freestyle squad for the @olympics, and that after so much work and overcoming so many obstacles that I've qualified to represent the United States as the alternate rider."
Simone Biles Impresses With History-Making Gymnastics Move - "The most decorated gymnast continued to make history on Saturday at the U.S. Classic when she became the first woman to perform the Yurchenko double pike in competition."