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For the First Time Ever, Women Outnumber Men on in the Olympics

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Perhaps it’s fitting that as the country marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, female athletes outnumber male athletes for Team USA in the upcoming London Olympics.

For the first time in U.S. Olympic history, there will be more female athletes competing than men. The 530-member U.S. team consists of 269 women and 261 men, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday.

“The United States of America will be represented at the Olympic Games in London by 530 of our country’s finest individuals. They are our nation’s greatest athletes and embody what it means to be American. I look forward to watching them compete and to representing our nation both on and off the field of play,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.

“I’m also proud that for the first time in history, the U.S. Olympic Team features more women than men – a true testament to the impact of Title IX, which in its 40-year history has increased sport opportunities for millions of females across the United States.”

“It speaks to Title IX,” Teresa Edwards, the U.S. Olympic team chef de mission and the most decorated olympic medalist in basketball, said in an interview with USA TODAY. “It’s evident where we’ve come from especially with women in sports. I’m very proud of that — not so proud that I want to make the men jealous because a lot of men play a role in where we are now — but I’m proud to know that we’ve come this far.”

 

 

137 Comments

  1. nyclater

    July 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Is this really news worthy??? it makes it seem like its a big accomplishment or something..like females are trying to show the “men”…oookkkayyyy!

  2. Gcole

    July 14, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Sign of the times? Check out how many parents are taking their sons to the hairdressers on Saturdays instead of getting them into sports, swimming etc. Have you seen children that you can’t recognize if it’s a boy or girl. Parents need to take responsibility…they know who they are.

  3. Samdromeda

    July 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I am looking forward to the female weightlifting squad. Ladies according to Little Abner… If you can catch a man you can keep him. If you pass him up he was too slow for you anyway.

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