Women Shine and Inspire at Tokyo Olympics
Women athletes comprised a record-breaking 49% of athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics. These women not only competed, they used their sports to send powerful messages!
As we watched them display mastery of their sport and break records, here are 7 inspirational notes for your playbooks.
7. Don’t let age limit you.
Uzbekistan gymnast Oksana Chusovitina (46) participated in her eighth Olympics and was the oldest female gymnast ever to compete at the Olympics. Australian equestrian Mary Hanna (66) was the oldest competitor at Tokyo and the first woman to make six Australian Olympic Teams.
6. Prepare and be ready!
USA gymnast Suni Lee stepped up and won golf in the women’s all-around when Simone Biles withdrew.
5. One bad play doesn’t knock you out.
US swimmer Katie Ledecky had her worst ever Olympic finish in the women’s 200m, placing fifth. She came back later that day and won gold in the Olympics’ first ever women’s 1500m final.
3. Your voice has power.
Germany’s women’s gymnastics team protested sexualization of athletes in gymnastics by wearing full-body unitards.
3. Motherhood doesn’t stop nothin’!
US sprinter Allyson Felix had an emergency cesarean section to give birth in 2018. She made #herstory this year becoming the US track athlete with the most Olympic medals (11).
2. Find joy in giving your best!
“It’s really hard for me, when I don’t win, to still have joy. Tonight I have joy.” – Allyson Felix after winning bronze in the 400m.
1. Your biggest priority is you!
US gymnast Simone Biles is the #GOAT. All eyes were on her as she was poised to set records in medals for gymnastics. She withdrew from competition from the team all-around, the individual all-around, the vault, floor exercise and uneven bar event to take care of her mental health. She returned and won bronze in the individual balance beam.
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