Hey there ladies! Are you sad that the London 2012 games are over? Well, here at LivLuna we certainly are-so we’re honoring some of the interesting and groundbreaking achievements by women in the events this year! Did you know that this was the first year that every participating country sent women to the events to compete? Or that for the very first time none of the events excluded women? How awesome! This was clearly a great year for women in the games, and here are fifteen more reasons why.
1) 2012 is the first year that the United States has sent more female athletes than male athletes (269 to 261)
2) The United States topped the list for countries with the most medals- and out of our forty-six medals, twenty-nine of those were brought home by US’ competing women! US women won more than half of the US medals- and almost two-thirds of our gold medals! As USA Today put it, “Were U.S. women their own nation, they would have finished ahead of every other country’s total gold medal count except China and tied Great Britain.” That’s certainly something to cheer about!
3) Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas is the very first American Gymnast to ever earn a gold medal for the individual all-around competition and the team competitions at the same Olympics. She’s also the first African-American gymnast and first woman of color to ever become the individual all-around champion. That’s a huge achievement for anyone-and to top it off, Douglas is only sixteen!
4) This is the first year that Saudi Arabia sent female athletes for Olympic competition. Sarah Attar was in the 800-meter race, and Wojdan Shaherkani competed in judo.
5) London 2012 was the first Olympics to allow women’s boxing, and gave the women three boxing events.
6) Claressa Shields (top) is the first US woman in Olympic history to win a gold medal in boxing and she’s also the only American boxer to bring home gold this summer.
7) The three gold medalists for women’s boxing were: Katie Taylor (26) from Ireland for the lightweight class, Claressa Shields (17) from the US in the middleweight category, and Nicola Adams (19) from Britain- Adams, a middleweight, won for the flyweight competition.
8) Ye Shiwen of China broke the swimming record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley. Not only did she bring home gold for her country and break the record- she also swam faster than US gold medalist Ryan Lochte in the same event.
9) Missy Franklin of the US won four gold medals in swimming and broke a record.
10) Katie Ledecky, fifteen, is the youngest athlete the US sent to the 2012 Olympics and she zipped past her competition to win gold in the 800-meter freestyle.
11) Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (twenty-nine) was the most pregnant woman to ever compete in the Olympics. The Malaysian shooter is 8 months pregnant.
12) Caster Semenya’s gender has been called into question before, but the twenty-one-year-old South-African runner identifies as female and despite troubles over the subject in recent years overcame the pressures put on her, and took home silver for her country in the 800 meters race.
13) Gemma Gibbons (twenty-five) of England & Great Britain took home a silver medal for her country despite competing through part of the event with a broken thumb.
14) The US Women’s soccer team took home the gold medal this year against tough competitors from the Japanese team.
15) Kim Rhode took home the gold in shooting and became the first American to win a medal in five consecutive Olympics.
Although there are still a ways to go for women in the Olympics, the London 2012 games shows that we’ve only just begun–who else is excited for the Rio 2016 games?