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Five 2012 Olympic Ladies You Should Know About:
We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
My feeling is different because I’m going to do something for my country. I like to change the society, to change the mind of people about [women] and they should accept this. We are not wrong. We are right.
In the beginning, they used to say judo was not a girl’s sport. Then, they would complain that being an athlete was a not a proper career. I would go to my training sessions anyway, sometimes saying I had to stay longer at school, sometimes asking the neighbour to take me secretly.
Every morning I talk to her and I say: ‘Mummy is going for training. Please remain calm. Don’t kick.’ But if the baby kicks I have to breathe easy and let her calm down before shooting.
To be honest I’ve been thinking about it for a while, trying to find a time that works, now leading up to the Olympics, people want to get personal stories. Our team in general is in a position where people look up to us and kids look up to us. I embrace that and I think I have a huge LGBT following. I think it’s pretty cool, the opportunity that I have, especially in sports. There’s really not that many out athletes. It’s important to be out and to live my life that way.
Muslim women in the Olympics. Woroud Sawalha (Palestine), Bahya Mansour al Hamad (Qatar), and Sarah Attar (Saudi Arabia).
Five MORE 2012 Olympic Ladies You Should Know About:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei have all entered women athletes into the 2012 Olympic Games for the first time
- Judo entrant Wojdan Shaherkani, of Saudi Arabia, is aged just 16. She is one of two women representing Saudi Arabia, the other being Sarah Attar, 20, who has dual US citizenship
- Qatar’s Noor Hussain Al-Malki, 17, is the first female athlete to compete for her country at the Olympics and is a 100m sprinter
- 23-year-old Tahmina Kohistani, from Afghanistan is competing for the first time at the Olympics, also a 100m sprinter
- Oman’s Shinoona Salah al-Habsi, 19, and Yemen’s Fatima Sulaiman Dahman, 19, are both debuting at the Games
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
The flower remains Montano’s trademark even though her opponents are now world-class female middle-distance runners. The Southern California native donned a red flower to match her red Team USA jersey Wednesday in London when she breezed to a victory in her heat during the first round of qualifying in the women’s 800 meters.
“The flower to me means strength with femininity,” Montano said in June after winning the 800 at the U.S. Olympic trials. “I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”