The Olympic 'Sheroes' Championing Girl Power, Despite Sexism

While the media focusses on their relationship statuses and appearance, these female athletes are showing the world what really matters in Rio

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Another week of the Olympics, another week in sexism.

Yesterday, Chinese diver He Zi won silver in the women's 3m springboard. But instead focussing on the athlete's landmark sporting achievement, the BBC decided it had secondary value to her marriage proposal, which took place as she was receiving her medal.

During the ceremony, her boyfriend and fellow diver Quin Kai got down on one knee and surprised his girlfriend with an engagement ring. 

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While the proposal might have been the cherry on the cake to a memorable day for the Olympian, unfortunately the BBC posted an article titled 'Chinese diver proposes marriage at Olympic medal ceremony', which not only failed to mention Zi's name and career achievement but went on to explain she 'ended up with an even bigger prize' in the form of a proposal.

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Of course, the surprise engagement warrants attention (after all, it's not every day you're proposed to in front of the world after winning a silver medal) but it's not for the media to decide which is more important.

We're pretty sure the athlete deserves praise for grueling hours of training and pain that lead to  her Olympic moment, not for a proposal. 

The sexist comments come exactly a week after Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's second Rio gold medal win in Rio was attributed to her husband and coach Shane Tusup, and not the athelete in. the. water. 

In response to the on-going sexism in the Rio Olymics, we've rounded up a list of our favourite female 'sheroes' championing girl power in their sporting fields.  

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Simone Biles

It's becoming increasingly difficult to find an original superlative to describe the world champion gymnast. The 4ft 8ins athlete has been described as sporting gravity-dyeing moves after becoming the first U.S woman to win three Olympic gold medals in gymnastics in one Olympics.

Katie Ledecky

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Last week, the swimmer broke two world records in the women's 400m freestyle swim and brought home a fourth gold medal – the third U.S. woman in history to win four in a single Olympics. 

Yusra Mardini

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The Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini won the opening heat of 100m butterfly, just one year after jumping out of a sinking a dinghy for three hourse and pulling it to safety to the shore of Lesbos.

Team GB cyclists

Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Elinor Barker dominated the Olympic velodrome, beating the world record on Saturday to win gold with a time of 4:10.236.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Ibtihaj Muhammad is the first U.S. woman to compete in a hijab at the Olympics and won bronze in the women's team saber fencing event on Saturday. 

Katherine Grainger 

She might have missed out on gold with her teammate Victoria Thronley last week but Grainger's silver is a fantastic achievement after taking a two-year break from the sport. At the age of 40 and with four silvers and one gold, Grainger is one of a handful of female British Olympians with so many medals. 

Oksana Chusovitina 

Yesterday, the Uzbekistan gymnast competed in her 7th Olympic games in the women's vault competition (against Biles). At the age of 41, she is the oldest athlete ever to compete in women's gymnastics.

Jemima Sumgong

The runner has become the first Kenyan woman to win the Olympic marathon, finishing in two hours 24 minutes, four seconds. 

Team GB's rowing eight

Team GB's rowers made history on Saturday having won their first Olympic medal on Saturday. After 1000m they were in last place but pulled it back, taking silver behind USA in a time of six minutes 3.98 seconds. 

Take that, sexism. 

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