Female Athletes Will Reign in Rio

Female Athletes Will Reign in Rio


Aug 1, 2016

Whenever the camera pans to the audience at a women's sports event, you'll often notice the stands are a lot emptier than they might be at a men's game.

Female athletes still don't receive nearly as much recognition and notoriety as male athletes.

But with the summer Olympic games kicking off this week, we will once more be reminded of how remarkable female athletes are. The games provide female athletes with a global platform that offers them the worldwide exposure that they otherwise might not receive in their more localized arenas.

Over the history of the Olympics, the United States has been the only nation to bring more women than men to any game.

In 2016, the U.S is sending 555 athletes to Rio: 292 women and 263 men.

According to USA TODAY, women outnumbered men 269-261 on the U.S. Olympic team in 2012, which was the first time in history. In those London Olympic games, the women's teams won 29 of 46 gold medals (63 percent) and 58 of 103 total medals (56 percent) for Team USA.

Many young girls will be watching the U.S women's teams compete and this next generation will see there is no physical or gender limitation to winning the gold.

Get to know our newest MAKER, U.S. women's soccer player Carli Lloyd, by watching her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above. Follow her in the Olympics when they kick off in Rio on Friday, August 5, at 7pm EST.

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