Team USA will win some-more medals than anybody else during a 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. This happened in 1996, it happened in 2000, it happened in 2004, it happened in 2008, and it happened in 2012. Every 4 years, there is a immeasurable sporting eventuality for everybody in a world, and each 4 years, Team USA wins some-more medals than anybody else.
A immeasurable partial of a reason for that will be a largest fortuitous of womanlike athletes any republic has ever sent to an Olympic games. Team USA facilities 292 women, including a immeasurable infancy of America’s legitimate contenders for gold. From entertainment to wrestling, from a sea to a beach to a pool, from a basketball justice to a change beam, America’s women are set to browbeat Rio.
— America’s hoops group has won 4 true bullion medals and hasn’t mislaid a rival diversion in 10 years. Their register is so good that they left off 2013 WNBA MVP Candace Parker by choice.
— America’s women’s soccer group broken Japan in a finals of a World Cup final year — and this group is substantially better.
— America’s gymnastics group is going to lay rubbish to a world. They’re going to win a group event, that’s not unequivocally in question. But after that, Simone Biles is going to make a box that she’s a best gymnast of all time. Biles will approaching win a all-around, and she’s also anticipating for bullion on a building exercise, change beam, and vault. The frightful thing is that she could win all of them. Madison Kocian will wish to win bullion in a disproportionate bars, a usually eventuality Biles considers a diseased point.
— America’s indoor volleyball group is ranked No. 1 in a universe and won a many new World Championships in 2014.
— We’re also not bad during volleyball on a beach. Kerri Walsh-Jennings won bullion in beach volleyball during a final Olympics, though her partner retired. So she took one of a players from a china award team, Apr Ross, and is going to try to repeat.
— America’s H2O polo group won bullion during a final Olympics and bullion during final year’s universe championships.
— Katie Ledecky is a many widespread swimmer in a world. She’s going to contest in 3 particular events, and a doubt isn’t possibly she’ll win bullion — it’s possibly she’ll mangle her possess universe records. It’s probable she’ll win a 800 scale freestyle by as many as 10 seconds. She’s also approaching to attend in a prelims for a 4×100 scale freestyle relay, a group that is approaching to win gold.
— Serena Williams is substantially going to browbeat a singles field, and afterwards she’s substantially going to browbeat a doubles margin with her sister Venus. Just one bullion will make her a many flashy tennis Olympian of all time, though she’ll substantially win two.
— Claressa Shields hasn’t mislaid a quarrel given before a final Olympics, when she became a initial American lady to win fighting gold. She’s a best womanlike fighter in a world, and is looking to turn a initial American of possibly gender to win bullion in back-to-back Olympics.
— Gwen Jorgensen has usually mislaid one triathlon given 2014 — and there, she came in second place. A college swimmer and runner, she’s not a best biker in a triathlon circuit, though she’s been famous to benefit over a notation on her opponents during a using apportionment of a race, branch silvers into golds.
— Kim Rhode has been winning bullion medals in sharpened given 1996. She strike 99 out of 100 clay pigeons in a skeet eventuality in London, a universe record. Nobody else strike some-more than 91. The scoring complement has been altered to forestall a feat so lopsided, though she still should win.
— On a track, Allyson Felix has a unequivocally good possibility of fortifying her pretension in a 400 meters. America has clever send teams in a 4×100 and 4×400, and a fortifying Olympic champions in stick safe and prolonged jump.
— America has dual approaching bullion medalists in wrestling. Helen Maroulis didn’t concede a singular indicate opposite her en track to a universe championship final year, and heavyweight Adeline Gray was usually somewhat reduction destructive, winning her 5 matches by a total measure of 49-5.
— The American eights rowing patrol has won each eventuality given 2006, a strain that’s extended by 8 universe championships and dual Olympic games. The quad sculls vessel also won during final year’s worlds.
To summarize, Team USA women comment for a No. 1-ranked patrol in basketball, soccer, volleyball, and H2O polo. That’s 4 of a 7 group sports in a games, and America should contend for a award in margin hockey and rugby as well. (There are no rankings for gymnastics, though we’d be No. 1 there too, by a prolonged shot.)
The many widespread swimmer, boxer, tennis player, triathlete, and wrestler in a universe are all American women. That’s absurd — and it usually accounts for women who are complicated favorites to win bullion medals, and not all a women who are merely approaching to win bullion medals.
After going by America’s chances in each eventuality sport-by-sport, we could see American women winning as many as 31 bullion medals, nonetheless a some-more picturesque volume is substantially around 22-24. The friendliest figure we can give to American group is around 17, and I’m being unequivocally inexhaustible with that. I’d design a some-more picturesque figure to be around 11-13. There is a universe in that American group and American women win roughly a same volume of medals in Rio, though that would take disasters in a slew of events American women were approaching to win and warn wins for American men.
This isn’t ostensible to happen. There are about 161 events for group during a Olympics, and usually 134 for women. Men have 20 percent some-more opportunities to win medals. There are 10 fighting weight classes for group and usually 3 for women, and nonetheless America’s usually fighting contender is Shields. There are significantly some-more wrestling, shooting, and canoeing events for men. The usually eventuality in that there are some-more women’s events is synchronized swimming — we know, a usually Olympic competition where athletes are graded on their appearance.
And nonetheless American women are commencement to customarily overtake American group on a podium. In London, 29 of America’s 46 bullion medals were won by women. That means women won 63 percent of America’s golds. That commission could be aloft in Rio.
At Wimbledon, Serena Williams was asked if she suspicion she was one of a biggest womanlike athletes of all time. She responded by observant she elite to be suspicion of as one of a biggest athletes of all time, gender regardless.
Her indicate was clear, and important. Specifically job her one of a biggest “female” athletes and not usually one of a biggest athletes implies she shouldn’t be on a same scale as her masculine athletes. That’s wrong, given her accomplishments are as considerable as those by her masculine counterparts.
However, in Rio, as a total of bullion medals by American women piles up, we consider it’s critical to discuss that American womanlike award winners are, in fact, American women, and not merely American athletes.
Our womanlike athletes have been told they shouldn’t play a sports they love. They have been paid reduce salary than their masculine counterparts. They have been done to feel that their looks are some-more critical than their tangible jaunty talent. They are customarily done to feel reduction critical than their masculine counterparts.
And nonetheless American women have turn a biggest athletes in a universe in annoy of that.
American women are murdering it right now. American group are still great, and will win some-more medals than roughly any other nation’s men. But right now they’re simply not displaying a accumulation of widespread performances a women are. It wouldn’t be satisfactory to spend 3 years, 11 months, and dual weeks downplaying a jaunty achievements of women since they are women, usually to conveniently forget their gender when they lift Team USA to a tip of a award podium.
So let’s applaud these women. Let’s champion a womanlike champions. They are American women. We should be unapproachable when they flog a world’s ass.