Sunday, August 12, 2012

U.S. Women Win Nearly Twice As Many Gold Medals As Men

Wow. U.S. women have won 27 29 gold medals; men have won 14 17.  In all, women won 58 medals. Men won 45 in all. To some of us, it seems like only yesterday when girls in this country were not allowed to play sports, but rather we were forced to confine ourselves to cheering the boys.  The phrase going round at the Olympics?

"If women were a country. . ."
Women out-medaled the men  in the United States, China, and Russia.

Women have won 27 of the United States team’s 41 gold medals and 54 of its 95 total medals.  [Numbers updated here.) What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, than for the American women’s water polo team, whose veteran star, Villa, had to play on her high school boys’ teams because there were no girls’ programs, winning its first gold?

Boston Globe: Going into Sunday’s finale, the American females had won more gold medals (29) than the entire Russian and British teams.If they were their own country, their 58 medals would put them fourth in the overall standings, ahead of Germany... For the first time since the Olympics were revived in 1896, every nation — 205 in all — sent female athletes and for the first time every sport included events for women. ..For half of the top 12 nations on the table, women have carried the medal count. They’ve won 49 of China’s 87, 43 of Russia’s 78, and 20 of Australia’s 35.

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