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A Few Good Women: Female Athletes to Keep an Eye Out For In The 2021 Tokyo Olympics

by Payton Toomey

The Olympics are in full swing and we are here for the greatness. Take a look at a few of our favs competing this Olympic season. 

Naomi Graham is not only an amazing boxer, but she is also an active military member. This feat makes her the first woman to represent Team USA in boxing, while actively serving in the military. Serving her country and participating in the Olympics? What can’t she do?

2. Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix has won nine Olympic medals in track and field and has been very open about her struggles as an athlete and a mother. In 2019, Felix wrote a piece for the New York Times where she discussed her struggles with her Nike sponsorship after having her child in 2018. Felix is not only an amazing athlete but a courageous activist for women who feel as though they have to choose between their career as an athlete and a mother. 

3. The entire US soccer team

With members like Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, the US women’s soccer team has spent years at the forefront of equal pay in women’s sports. Their success as a team has strengthened their voices in this crucial fight, making them truly inspirational. 

4. Nelly Korda

Being a woman in a sport such as golf is not an easy feat, but Nelly Korda has proven again and again that she is here to say, winning 6 LPGA Tours. Korda is playing on Team USA with her sister, Jessica Korda and they are expected to do great.

5. Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky made history as the youngest member of the US Swimming team in 2012 and has continued to amaze us, winning six gold medals and two silvers. Nearly nine years after her first Olympic appearance, she is still proving herself as an excellent swimmer. Ledecky is definitely one athlete who never fails to impress us. 

Top Photo by Kyle Dias on Unsplash

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