In the spirit of Keely’s post last week…let’s talk about the strong, capable, awe-inspiring women that have descended in Brazil this week for the 2016 summer Olympics!
*Cue John Williams’ beautifully majestic Olympic theme*
There are so many reasons to be excited for the games this year. I am pumped to see Usain Bolt bolt his way into history yet again (or will Justin Gatlin take the gold??). I hope Colombia dominates in soccer. And there are many amazing stories from athletes in Rio this year:
- I am so excited about Ibtihaj Mohammad who is the first U.S. Olympian to compete while wearing a hijab. Her matches are crazy early in the morning where I am, so I’m not sure I’ll watch her live. But bring home the gold, Ibtihaj!! (Here’s her interview on Ellen earlier this year.)
- Oksana Chusovitina is the oldest female gymnast to compete in the Olympics and she’s ready to bring home a win for Uzbekistan. With a member of Team USA at 22 being called old, Oksana is really a phenomenon.
- Aly Raisman is the captain of the women’s U.S. gymnastics team this year and while that article ran before we knew she was on the team, I’m ready for her to show the haters what an “old” gymnast can do. Also, the whole U.S. gymnastics team is AMAZING. Those women are strong, badass and seem like they are genuinely enjoying themselves as they compete.
- Here is a sampling of the type of trailblazing folks representing their countries this year.
- Check out these thoughts from two women who were honored to carry the Olympic torch on Friday.
- Venus and Serena Williams are competing in tennis. Need I say more?
- There’s a refugee team
- For the first time, women will be playing rugby in the Olympics
- And golf is back!! (I don’t personally care that much but it seemed remiss for me not to include it.)
There’s a lot to watch and get excited about. The NBC Olympics page isn’t super helpful in my opinion, but it is where you can stream games and matches if you have a cable login. I’ve found simple Google searches to be much more user friendly when searching what time a match is on or when a certain athlete is competing.
And if you click on no other links from this post, click this one. Pictures of 50 of the female American athletes competing this year. The photos aren’t from the games, but gosh and golly are they magnificent. What a time to be alive! I don’t know about you but I’m ready to go swim some laps!
No matter where you come from or who you’re rooting for, may you know the strength and beauty within the ways your body can move.