Tonight, it’s the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The Olympics will run until the closing ceremony on August 21. Not only do we get to watch all these hard working icons shatter records and achieve dreams they have trained for their entire lives, but also it inspires young athletes to push themselves and dream big. There are more than 11,000 athletes from 206 different nations competing in 28 different Olympic sports for 306 sets of metals.
Michael Phelps, who has 22 metals, most of which are gold, is not only going to compete in his fifth Olympic games this year but he was also chosen by USA team members to carry the U.S flag at the opening ceremony.
The U.S. team consists of 554 athletes, 262 of which are men and 292 of which are women. This year, the U.S. will have the largest amount of female athletes that any nation has ever sent to the Olympic games and all of those 292 women are going for the gold, so get ready to witness these women take over Rio.
Here are some fun facts about U.S. women who are participating in different sports that are going to give it their all:
- America’s basketball team has won four gold medals and hasn’t lost a game in 10 years.
- The women’s soccer team defeated Japan in the finals last year.
- Gymnastics is not really a question when you have Simone Biles, the 19-year-old who has won four straight U.S championships and three world championships.
- The U.S. volleyball team won the most recent world championship in 2014 and is set at number one in the world.
- The U.S. beach volleyball team has 37-year-old Kerri Walsh who wants her fourth gold metal in a row, but unfortunately, she has to do it with a new partner.
- Last year, America’s water polo team also won the gold.
- Katie Ledecky one of the greatest swimmers ever, won a gold metal in the 800m in the London games in 2012 and
rules as world champion for the 200-, 400-, 800 and 1500m- freestyles.
- Serena Williams, the worlds most dominant tennis player, is looking to not only dominate the singles field but the doubles field, as well with her sister Venus.
- Claressa Shields hasn’t lost a fight since she became the first American women to win gold in boxing.
- Gwen Jorgensen has only lost one triathlon since 2014, but she still came right behind in second place.
Some of the greatest and most dominant athletes in the world are the U.S. women who are very capable of winning gold metals. Let’s celebrate and cheer on these women of whom we are proud. Women, it’s time to show the world what you got!