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5 Olympic Women Judged by Their Feats, Not Their Faces (Slideshow)

5 Olympic Women Judged by Their Feats, Not Their Faces (Slideshow)
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Since the 2012 Olympic games began in London, female athletes seem to be facing quite a bit of scrutiny regarding their physical appearance. Whether we’re talking about British weightlifter Zoe Smith, Australian swimmer Leisel Jones, or the members of the women’s Dutch field hockey team, there seems to be a whole lot of hullabaloo about what these ladies look like rather than what they’re capable of as athletes. To help bring us back to the main focus of the Olympic games–elite athletic prowess–here’s a look at 5 outstanding U.S. women currently competing in London and the amazing feats they are capable of.


Photo Credit: Jon Tunnell via Flickr

Sarah Robles

Weightlifter Sarah Robles out-lifted every U.S. competitor–male and female–during last year’s world championships. At 5’10.5 and weighing in at 275 pounds, her personal best is an astonishing 568 lbs.

That means she can lift (over her head, by the way)…
-A Steinway Model M Grand Piano (570 lbs)
-Two baby elephants (250 lbs each)
-A Kawasaki 800 SX-R Jet Ski (397 lbs)
-3 newborn Beluga whales (180 lbs each)

Not all at one time, of course. Understandably, Robles is the U.S.’s best chance at an Olympic medal in the women’s super heavyweight division, in which competition gets underway on August 5th. Good luck, Sarah!

Top Photo Credit: Doug Murray via Flickr

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4:31AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

they are all just great.

3:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

The title of the article said it all.

1:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Every female athlete needs more credit for their achievements and not for the way they look.

12:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012


8:07AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

They are often young and pretty, but the Olympics aren't a beauty contest!

7:54AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

They work hard to look great so why not notice it

6:10AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012


12:29AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

9:48PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

This happens because there are athletes who perform in the "glamour world" too, like Beckham, Sharapova, others date celebrities, for instance Pique (soccer player) dates Shakira, and so on. Definetely journalists are used to make comments about this sort of athlete and forget that the average athlete is a normal person. They forget that each sport develops a different type of body. There wont be many Sharapovas, so please talk about sport and forget looks.

8:31PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

It isn't about how they look but how they perform. How sexist. If it were a man it wouldn't be mentioned.

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