Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
“The flower to me means strength with femininity. I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”
The full moon rises through the Olympic Rings, hanging beneath Tower Bridge, during the London 2012 Olympic Games - August 3, 2012.
Five 2012 Olympic Ladies You Should Know About:
- Olympic Weightlifter Zoe Smith Shuts Down Sexist Tweets About Female Athletes’ ‘Manly’ Bodies [x]
We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
- Afghani female sprinter, Tahmina Kohistani, resists country’s old ideals, vows to show women new future [x]
My feeling is different because I’m going to do something for my country. I like to change the society, to change the mind of people about [women] and they should accept this. We are not wrong. We are right.
- After years of keeping her sport a secret from her parents, Sarah Menezes wins judo gold for Brazil. [x]
In the beginning, they used to say judo was not a girl’s sport. Then, they would complain that being an athlete was a not a proper career. I would go to my training sessions anyway, sometimes saying I had to stay longer at school, sometimes asking the neighbour to take me secretly.
- When Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi makes her Olympic debut in the 10- metre air rifle event, she will be the first woman to represent Malaysia in Olympic shooting and eight months pregnant. [x]
Every morning I talk to her and I say: ‘Mummy is going for training. Please remain calm. Don’t kick.’ But if the baby kicks I have to breathe easy and let her calm down before shooting.
- Less than a month away from the London Games, U.S. women’s soccer standout Megan Rapinoe says publicly for the first time that she is gay. [x]
To be honest I’ve been thinking about it for a while, trying to find a time that works, now leading up to the Olympics, people want to get personal stories. Our team in general is in a position where people look up to us and kids look up to us. I embrace that and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it’s pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There’s really not that many out athletes. It’s important to be out and to live my life that way.
“There is no joy on our faces because we are a little tired. We still haven’t fully processed it all. First, we cried with pain, then - with joy. We knew that we could have been better. Even though we would not have been first, but we could have competed more confidently. Although overtaking the United States would have probably been impossible. The American women have now proven that they are the best.”
Mustafina is such a class act! I LOVE her! That’s great sportmanship! She seems to have such a sweet personality. She is hardworking and I would love it if she won the All-Around tomorrow!
A combination of pictures taken during the London 2012 Olympics Games shows athletes’ fingernails decorated with their national colors.
From top left: Allison Schmitt (USA), Suzana Jacobos (Hungary), Rebecca Adlington (Britain), Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez (Mexico), Alison Williamson (Britain), Venus Williams (USA), Alison Williamson (Britain), Margaux Farrell (France), Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania)
These are the four athletes competing in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as independents, or not associated with a country: Philipine Van Aanholt, Reginald De Windt, Liemarvin Bonevacia, and Guor Marial.
Philipine is a sailor from Curacao, which was formerly the Netherlands Antilles. After the Netherlands Antilles dissolved in 2010, it lost its recognition by the Olympic committee. This year, however, Philipine van Aanholt was allowed to participate in the games.
Reginald De Windt is also from Curacao and will be participating in the games as a judoka.
Liemarvin Bonevacia will run in the men’s 400m.
Guor Marial’s story has to be the most unique, by far. He’s from South Sudan and left for the United States at age eight for refuge against the Sudanese civil war. He attended Iowa State and qualified in October 2011. He rejected an offer by the National Olympic Committee in South Sudan to compete as a member of the team as said this:
“It is not right for me to do that. It’s not right for me to represent the country I refuged from.”
So in addition to your own home country and Great Britain, how about checking these guys out when they participate (July 30th, July 31st, August 4th, and August 12th, respectively)? These four spectacular people deserve to be cheered on, and maybe even win, as much as everybody else.
USA’s first female Olympian boxer, Marlen Esparza
Photos by Norman Jean Roy
The clock never started! So Heidemann had more than one second to land the winning touch. At the very least, whether she landed it in time was highly in doubt. The match should have continued into another round, but instead Shin was declared the loser. So South Korea’s coach went to the judges.
Despite the clock issue, they ruled that the touch was good and that Heidemann was the victor. South Korea’s coach went off to file a formal appeal.
And Shin A Lam, now in tears, refused to live the piste (the platform that they fence on). In fencing, leaving the piste means that you have officially accepted the judges’ ruling. And seeing as the clock didn’t start, and she should still have a shot at gold, she sat down. It’s the filibuster of fencing.
“If I ran for Sudan, I would be betraying my people. I would be dishonoring the two million people who died for our freedom. I want to bring honor to my country. People who just want glory, the spotlight of the Olympics, they don’t care about other people. I’m fighting for independent status because I do care. When I run, I want people to see me and say, ‘He is from South Sudan.’”
-Guor Marial, running under the Independent Olympic Athletes flag in London 2012