Olympic Female Athletes Overlooked As Media Focuses On Husbands

​Despite the women's athletic achievements, international media is putting their spouses in the spotlight


More women are competing in the Rio Olympics 2016 than in any other year throughout history.

There are more competitive opportunities for women than ever before. 

So, why is the media focussing on their husbands?

On Sunday, Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu (otherwise known as the 'Iron Lady') – who has just won her second Rio gold medal – broke a world record in the women's 400-metre individual medley. 


But instead of championing the athlete's historic win, NBC commentator Dan Hicks praised Hosszu's husband and coach, Shane Tusup, for being 'responsible'.

Sorry Dan, was her husband in the water?

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Despite defending his comment, viewers took to Twitter to criticise Hicks.


Unfortunately, it's not the first time the female Olympians have been overshadowed by their husbands in the media.

On Monday, a tweet promoting an article from the newspaper Chicago Tribune went viral after it referred to women's trap shooting bronze medalist Corey Cogdell as the 'Wife of a Bears Lineman'.

Because, you know, it's not like she has a name or her own sporting prowess to be known for...

Can we stop defining the female athlete's achievements by their martial status, please?

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