Top Moments When Women Ruled Rio
The United States nearly swept the 2016 Summer Games winning 121 medals, the most out of any country. But can you guess how many of those medals were won by female athletes?
The U.S. women took home 61 medals and the men took home 55. There were five medals awarded in mixed events, including equestrian and mixed-doubles tennis. But American women won more than half of the gold medals, taking home 27 of the 46.
Women truly ruled the Rio Olympics, but not just American women. These female athletes dominated internationally and we're celebrating by sharing with you some of our favorite moments.
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Runners Abbey D'Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin were 3,000 meters into a 5,000-meter race in Rio when D'Agostino accidentally stepped on Hamblin’s heel. D'Agostino helped Hamblin to her feet, but she twisted her knee and couldn't run. Hamblin stayed behind and supported D'Agostino and they crossed the finish line together. Epitome of women empowerment. Photo Credit: Ian Walton/Getty Images
For the first time in history, Team USA sweeped the 100m hurdles. Gold medalist Brianna Rollins celebrates as she crosses the finish line. To the right of her is silver medalist Nia Ali and to the left is bronze medalist Kristi Castlin. Photo Credit: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images
We loved seeing the twists, handsprings, and all-around flexibility of the four-time Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles, who became the most decorated gymnast in U.S. history. Biles was also selected to represent the USA by holding the flag at the closing ceremony. She was only the second American gymnast to carry the flag in an opening or closing ceremony after Alfred Jochim in 1936. Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Kimia Alizadeh made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic medal for Iran. She claimed bronze in the 57-kilogram class of Taekwondo, defeating Sweden to win this historic medal. Photo Credit: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Two-time gold medalist, Simone Manuel, became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic swimming event. She showed America that stereotypes can be broken and she is an inspiration to African American's everywhere. Photo Credit: Adam Pretty/Getty Images
Kayla Harrison first made history at the London Olympics by being the first American to ever win judo. After taking home the gold at the London Olympics, she defended her judo title in Rio, taking home gold for the consecutive time. Ranked No. 1 in the world Harrison has retired as two-time Olympic champion and shows the world women are definitely strong. Photo Credit: David Finch/Getty Images
Michelle Carter became the first athlete in history to win gold in women's shot put for the United States. For the "Shot Diva," the victory was made even more monumental as she topped her dad, Michael Carter, who had previously won silver in the same event in the 1984 Los Angeles games. Photo Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
The U.S. Olympic women's water polo team took home their fifth gold medal. These women made history in Rio by becoming the first team ever to win consecutive Olympic titles in women's water polo. We see you ladies! Photo Credit: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Puerto Rico's national anthem was played for the first time ever at an Olympic medal ceremony, thanks to Monica Puig. Puig is not only the first gold medalist from Puerto Rico but she is the first woman representing the country to win any medal at the Games. What a proud moment! Photo Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
The Germany women's soccer team is a two-time World Cup champion and has previously won three bronze medals. But in Rio, these women made history by winning the first gold medal ever for Germany. Photo Credit: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images
Team USA's women basketball team has accomplished their goal by winning their sixth consecutive gold medal. Often overlooked and underrated, they've reminded everyone they're the best basketball team in the world. Photo Credit: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images
Claressa Shield became the first U.S. boxer to ever win back-to-back gold medals. After winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, Shield felt she didn't get the recognition she deserved. She came to Rio even stronger and wanted to show the world she is the best, and she did. Shall we call her 'The Invincible Shield'? Photo Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images