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9 Times Female Rio Olympians Proved That Playing #LikeAGirl Isn't a Bad Thing

9 Times Female Rio Olympians Proved That Playing #LikeAGirl Isn't a Bad Thing

Just in case it wasn't already clear that playing #LikeAGirl is not a bad thing, female Olympians in Rio are doing all it takes to prove that doing so is also pretty incredible. And they're doing it well.

Breaking records left and right despite the "gold ceiling," these athletes — from swimmers to weightlifters — have shown the world that they're not just some of the world's best female athletes, but some of the most talented athletes overall.

See below for nine highlights from the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics (so far).

1. Ginny Thrasher, 19-years-old, took home Team USA's first gold medal for shooting.

2. Katie Ledecky (USA) won the gold medal in the 400m freestyle, beating her previously set world record by nearly 2 seconds.

3. Hidilyn Diaz made history in by winning the silver medal in weightlifting, becoming the first Filipino woman to win an Olympic medal and breaking the "Philippines' 20-year Olympic-medal drought."

4. Hungary's Katinka Hosszu shattered the previous world record for the 400m individual medley at 4:26.36.

5. U.S. fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first American to compete on Team USA in a hijab, won big in opening round.

6. The self-proclaimed "Final Five," including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez, and Simone Biles, truly "dominated" in women's gymnastics, winning the team gold for USA.

7. Olympic Swimmer Lilly King stole the spotlight after winning the 100-meter breaststroke.

8. Just before her 43rd birthday, American cyclist Kristin Armstrong took first place for the 3rd consecutive time in the Olympic time trial.

9. Representing Uzbekistan, 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina is competing in and slaying her 7th Olympic Games.

NEXT: #OlympianMAKERS: Everything You Need to Know for the 2016 Summer Games »

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