TEAM USA TEAM LADIES
Of the 46 gold medals won by Team USA, 29 of them were won by the women’s team. As a friend noted elsewhere today, to put it in perspective: if the USA women’s team had been their own country, they would have tied the host country, Great Britain, for fourth place in gold medals.
So hell yeah to running - or kicking, shooting, hitting, swinging, rowing, fighting, etc. - like a girl.
Some of the amazing Team USA women’s performances during the London Olympics — they earned 28 of the USA’s 44 gold medals in London. If the American women were their own country, they would be third in the medal count.
Here’s to you, ladies.
(All photos by USA TODAY Sports photographers.)
22-year-old Idalys Ortiz of Cuba, 2012 Olympic women’s heavyweight judo champion. Ortiz is the first woman not from China or Japan to claim the title.
look at this flawless lady right here!
Spice Girls perform during the Closing Ceremony
Fun Fact: In the 1936 Olympics, two Japanese pole vaulters and close friends tied for the Silver Medal. Unable to break the tie for 5 hours of fierce competition, the two friends had their Silver and Bronze medals cut in half and welded together to form a pair of mixed medals. These became known as the Medals of Eternal Friendship.
Usain Bolt holding out the baton to an official and then pulling it away.
OLYMPICS DAY 14
USA Women’s 4x100m Relay Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight and Tianna Madison celebrate their gold medal win in a event that the US has not won since 1996. Finishing at 40.82, USA would break the 1985 world record of 41.41.
Photo by Anja Niedringhaus
Missy Franklin and her many, many medals.
Colombia’s Mariana Pajón won a gold medal in the women’s BMX Cycling competition today. Her compatriot Carlos Oquendo also won bronze at the men’s BMX event. Pajón’s medal is Colombia’s second Olympic gold medal ever—weightlifter María Urrutía won the country’s first gold at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.