First of all, can we all just shout out to team GB who absolutely smashed Rio 2016? Outdoing our medal tally at our own Olympics in 2012, plus coming second on the medal table? Yeah, we slayed.
Every single athlete who took part should be celebrated for their achievement, but our job here is to pay special homage to some of the outstanding ladies from across the games. To save space, I’m just going to list my personal favourites. Let’s start with good old GB:
Trott became the most successful British female Olympian this year her gold medal win. Along with her fiancé, most successful male Olympian Jason Kenny, they have 10 gold medals between them, making them the most successful Olympic couple.
Just some regular people, leading regular lives.
The Chinese swimmer who’s helping to break the period taboo in China
Fu Yuanhui, the super cute Chinese swimmer who became an instant meme for her over-the-top-yet-on-point facial expressions is also making casual historic changes in the way Chinese society views women and menstruation.
After stating on national TV that her period held her back from swimming well, she blew up on Chinese social media, where people were shocked at her candidness and applauded her drawing attention to a much neglected area of Chinese society. Sanitary products aren’t allowed to be advertised on prime time TV, and many peoplr didn’t even know how she was able to swim on her period due to the scarcity of tampons in the country!
China’s first tampon company has just started up. Thank the goddess[es] of fertility.
Everything Simone Biles did/does/will do.
I’m just going to leave this here.
This is the same floor routine she won gold with at Rio
The Egyptian beach volleyball team, simply for styling on everyone else
So the Muslim duo of the Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team, Doaa Elghobashy and Nada Meawad, wore an outfit that covered their entire bodies, with a hijab thrown in to cover their hair. I personally think this is a brilliant stylistic choice as 1. you will not get sunburnt, 2. you will not get sand in your hair, 3. your hair will not get in your face, 4. you will not have to get a bikini wax and grease up your entire body just to be considered good enough to play your favourite sport at top level.
Both women were happy that the IOC had relaxed it’s previously very strict rules on revealing outfits (think revealing outfit rules for schools, just the opposite), allowing the game to be opened up to more cultures.
The Chinese girl who got silver in diving and got a proposal in the same moment
So He Zi, who won silver in the women’s 3m springboard event, was proposed to by fellow teammate Qin Kai. People are hating on this guy for apparently ‘stealing her moment’. In my opinion, he only enhanced it.
For all of us out there waiting for that ring, we salute you and your double win.
The first black woman to win a swimming gold medal
What is it with Simones at this olympics!? Simone Manuel made history as the first African American to win a swimming gold medal at the Olympics. Must be that #blackgirlmagic we keep hearing about.
She said: “It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel said. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color just comes with the territory.”
This Japanese wrestler who, upon winning gold, flipped her coach. Twice.
*Dies in pool of tears of laughter*
I hope you all enjoyed the Olympics (despite all the controversy) and are looking forward to the Paralympics!! (If they even go ahead)