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

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Photo Credit: Eric van Leeuwen

Shalane Flanagan

Shalane Flanagan, recently profiled by ESPN Boston, is the U.S.’s top women’s marathon runner heading into the London Olympic games. She won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters (6.2 miles) at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and just recently made the transition from relatively shorter distance events to the beastly 26.2 mile marathon.

Apparently undaunted, Flanagan set a new record at this year’s Olympic trials in Houston, finishing in 2:25:38. That’s an average of about 5 minutes, 40 seconds per mile–for 26.2 miles.  Pretty impressive!  Flanagan runs up to 120 miles a week, or an average of 17 miles a day in preparation for the main event, which takes place August 5th.


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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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