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花旗国的半边天

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奥林匹克中的女性:2012里程碑(Olympic Women: 2012 Milestones)  

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随着2012奥运会的落幕,许多美国人正带着敬畏的心情,回顾今年赛事的主角以及赢得金牌的女运动员们。这一年,女性赢取了46枚金牌中的29枚, 超过了男性所获得的金牌数量。

奥林匹克中的女性:2012里程碑(Olympic Women: 2012 Milestones) - 美国马尾妹 - 花旗国的半边天

 

With the 2012 Olympics ending, many people in the United States are looking back with awe at the women who have headlined this year and brought home gold medals.  This year, women brought home more gold medals than men, with 29 out of 46 U.S. gold medals being won by women.   

Perhaps one of the most highlighted of all the women Olympians is Gabrielle Douglas, a 16-year-old gymnast.  Not only is Douglas the first Black person of any nationality to win an individual gold medal in gymnastics, but she is also the first U.S. gymnast to score an individual gold medal since 1996.  In other sporting events, Kayla Harrison won the gold medal in the 78-kilogram weight class for judo.  Harrison brought home the United States’ first-ever gold medal in judo.  2012 was the first year to include women’s boxing as an Olympic sport, and Clarissa Shields won a gold for middleweight boxing.  Finally, Missy Franklin is one of only four athletes who won five medals, making her the most decorated female athlete. With the Olympics over, many are crediting Title IX as one of the reasons for the United States’ women’s success in bringing home gold medals. 

Although U.S. women were heavily decorated, many other females made headlines in this year’s Games.  China’s standout swimmer, Ye Shiwen, set a new world record for the women’s 400-meter individual medley.  Saudi Arabia sent its first female athletes, Wodjan Shaherkani and Sarah Attar, competing in judo and running, respectively.  Furthermore, a very pregnant Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi, competed for Malaysia in shooting.  It’s no wonder that many are calling the 2012 Olympics “The Women’s Olympics.”

Discussion Questions

            Who is your favorite female Olympian?  Other than the women mentioned above, who else stood out this year?  Do you think that the success of these women will help to bring equality for women in sports back in their respective countries? 

谁是你最喜欢的奥林匹克女运动员?除了上面提到的那些女性,还有谁在今年的赛事中表现出色?你认为这些女运动员的成功会帮她们争取到在各自国家内发展运动事业的公平机会吗?

Sources

Baxter, K. (2012). Kayla Harrison: America’s new sweetheart is golden girl of judo. Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/2012/aug/02/sports/la-sp-on-kayla-harrison-us-judo-20120802

Black Celebrity Giving. (2012). Gabrielle Douglas makes history as first Black individual gymnast to win gold for Team USA. Retrieved from http://www.blackcelebritygiving.com/2012/08/abrielle-douglas-makes-history-as-first-black-individual-gymnast-to-win-gold-for-team-usa/

Holden, W. (2012). Olympics review: Missy Franklin most decorated female athlete. Retrieved from http://kdvr.com/2012/08/13/olympics-review-missy-franklin-most-decorated-female-athlete/

Lowen, L. (2012). Notable women at the London 2012 Olympics – The famous and infamous. Retrieved from http://womensissues.about.com/od/moversshakers/a/ Notable-Women-At-The-London-2012-Olympics-Famous-And-Infamous.htm

 

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