No burying the lead here. Our best Athletes are Women. Not Lebron, not Steph Curry, not Big Papi, Tom Brady or Gronk for all you New Englanders, or any other male athlete as far as I am concerned.
All the aforementioned athletes get to compete regularly in their sport against other top players, earn an unbelievable salary, get the best possible training, care and compete for championships year after year. Women’s sports on the other hand, is grossly underrepresented compared to male dominated sports. Most or all female athletes make pennies compared to their male counterparts, likely don’t compete in well established leagues, and compete nowhere near as frequently.
Our female Olympians not only have to beat out their entire peer group just for the opportunity to compete at the absolute highest level, the Olympic Gold is only up for grabs every four years. Throughout these first few days of the Olympics all I have been able to think about is the intensity of the pressure all of our athletes face to bring home the gold, knowing you have to wait four years for that next opportunity if you fail. Then I think about the women working tirelessly to become the absolute best with no real stage between the Olympics to cement them as the best of the best in their chosen sport. That is a kind of pressure that is difficult to even comprehend.
Despite all of this, our US women are straight up clutch. Katie Ledecky, Lillian King, Kerri Walsh Jennings, the women’s Gymnastics and Soccer team and many more are down right dominant. This isn’t like our four major sports where you can lose a championship one year and compete again the following year. These women have to wait four years! For some, four years could push them beyond their prime and there is never another shot for them. To go out on the largest stage imaginable and dominate the way many of our women do, puts them head and shoulders above everyone else, especially Lebron (sorry I’m a Lebron hater).