Five MORE 2012 Olympic Ladies You Should Know About:
- Korean fencer, Shin A Lam stages sit-in protest at Olympics. [x]
I think it’s unfair. The one second was over - I should have won. The hour was really difficult, but I thought if I got a yellow card [for leaving the piste] I might not be able to fight for bronze. I’m very sorry for the spectators. They spent a lot of money and I just don’t understand how this could have happened.
- South African runner, Caster Semenya, ready to put gender testing nightmare behind her [x]
I try to run my best always but sometimes I do not and I have to deal with negatives. People ask questions that can make you sad, but I must always stay positive.
- Karen Hultzer, South African Olympic Archer, Comes Out As Lesbian [x]
I am an archer, middle aged and a lesbian. I am also cranky before my first cup of coffee. None of these aspects define who I am, they are simply part of me. I am fortunate that my sexual identity is not an issue, and I don’t suffer the level of discrimination and violence that black lesbians in South Africa do. I look forward to the day when this is a non-issue and as relevant as my eye color or favorite sushi.
- US Women’s Boxer Marlen Esparza to Take Fledgling Olympic Sport to New Heights [x]
They expect us to look like women or fight like women, but we’re boxers. A lot of the women look better than the men. I think we’ll really open up the eyes to what we can really do and after the Games; women’s boxing will be considered a true sport. It’s not going to be a maybe anymore, or frowned upon. I think we’re going to get a lot of respect after this, and this is definitely going to change women’s boxing for the future. This is a huge deal.
- Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen became a double Olympic gold medalist at 16 [x]
He’s [Michael Phelps] so strong that he can have so many medals by himself. I hope one day I can be like him, but I don’t know. I’ll try my best.