10 Must See Female Athletes in the 2012 Olympics

In doing research on the 2012 Olympics, I found that I was overwhelming impressed with the sheer number of athletes out there. As such, I wanted to put together a list of athletes whose accomplishments are unparalleled in many cases and are definitely not given as much of the spotlight as some of their fellow athletes. It’s not about gay or straight, it’s about powerful women who have earned recognition. Here is my list of 10 female athletes to watch in the 2012 Olympics.

1. Sarah Robles

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Sarah is widely considered to be the USA’s best chance for winning an Olympic gold in weightlifting at the 2012 Olympics. She has gained notoriety due to the fact that she has essentially lived in poverty while training for the Olympics as a result of the difficulty she has had securing sponsorships. This has largely been attributed to the fact that she does not necessarily fit American’s image of the Olympic athlete. In my opinion, any woman who can pick me up and throw me is my idea of an amazing Olympic athlete and someone I would like representing the USA.

2. Rikke Skov

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Rikke is a Danish handball player who led the national team to gold in the 2004 Olympics in Athens. She is a fan of commitment as she has been a member of the Viborg HK handball club at 14, where she has remained an active leader of the team. She also transcends gender being the only woman to win the EHF Handball award. She is married to a fellow handball player, Lotte, and they have daughters together.

3. Megan Rapinoe

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Megan recently came out of the closet, which was somewhat surprising as she is a very popular player on the US team and there was no inside push to make this kind of personal statement ahead of the biggest challenge of her life. She came out because she wanted to, and felt it was the right time to be a complete role model. She is known as one of the best goal scorers on the US team; she not only played all 6 games, but made the assist that helped the US beat Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Word Cup quarterfinal. She played pro soccer here in Chicago a few years ago and will most likely be an intrigual part to helping the US women’s team win gold once again in 2012. To read more about her coming out story, click here.

4. Alex Morgan

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Alex is another amazing player from the U.S. women’s soccer team, and is fast as lightning. As a sub, she helped score goals that propelled the U.S. women’s team to great success in the 2011 World Cup. She also happens to be a cat and motorcycle lover.

5. Judith Arndt

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Judith is a German 3 time Olympic cyclist who won the Bronze medal in 1996 and silver medal in 2004, as well as a number of other world championship titles. In 2005, she raked in her 5th win as the national road champion. She happens to be out and proud and she has been with her partner Petra Rossner for 15+ years. Not only a phenomenal athlete, but a shining example of what it means to be an inspirational public figure.

6. Marilyn Agliotti

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Marilyn is a field hockey player for the Netherlands but was born in South Africa. She was a leader on the team that won the 2008 Olympic gold medal. She is also outspoken on bringing to the forefront gay athletes who play field hockey; as a bonus, she can vocalize this support in both English and Dutch!

7. Lisa Raymond

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Lisa happens to be one of the best doubles tennis players in the world, and on Team USA. She has completed 11career grand slams, winning each of the four major tennis tournaments in a single year. At 38 years old, she set a new record this April by becoming the oldest female tennis player to be ranked #1 by the WTA. While she has not won an Olympic medal yet, many believe that she and her partner will claim an Olympic gold this year. Her outspoken life partner off the field, Rennae Stubbs, is also a very accomplished women’s tennis player.

8. Seimone Augustus

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Siemone is one of the premier female basketball players, also representing Team USA. She has played on championship teams at every level and helped lead the U.S. women’s basketball team to gold in 2008. She is fully expected to help lead the team to gold in 2012. She is also an out player and is engaged to marry her girlfriend LaTaya Varner.

9. Natalie Cook

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Natalie is a tremendous beach volleyball player for Australia. She holds the honor of being the only player to play in beach volleyball every year since it was introduced to the Olympics in 1996. In those years, her team has finished 3rd, 1st, 4th, and 5th in the last four Olympics. She is currently married to fellow beach volleyball player, Sarah Maxwell.

10. Jessica Landström

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Jessica is a key component to the Swedish national soccer team. She came out of the gates running; scoring her first international goal in the first game she played with the senior Swedish national team in 2007, and hasn’t stopped since. She scored goals, the winning one amongst them, in the 2011 FIFA World Cup that allowed her team to advance. She is fully expected to perform similarly in her first Olympic games in London. Jessica came out in 2008 to honor her relationship with her partner Sara, who is an avid supporter.

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2 Responses to “10 Must See Female Athletes in the 2012 Olympics”

  1. Natasha Kai hasn’t been on the USWNT for years. Perhaps any of the several other lesbian soccer players currently on the USWNT could be “must see” in her place.

    Posted by Slicey | July 27, 2012, 2:06 pm
  2. Slicey – thank you for the heads up. We added an athlete that’s on the Olympics. Thanks again!

    Posted by Vivian | July 27, 2012, 4:38 pm

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