Women Outnumber Men On the U.S. Olympic Team


For the first time ever, the U.S. is sending more women than men to the Olympics. The official team roster was released yesterday, listing the names of 269 women and 261 men. CEO Scott Blackmun called the record-breaking ratio “a true testament to the impact of Title IX, which in its 40-year history has increased sport opportunities for millions of females across the United States.” Among this year’s female Olympians is weightlifter Sarah Robles, whose incredible talents inspiredĀ ThinkProgress to launch a petition asking Nike to sponsor her. The London Olympics start July 27, with Americans competing inĀ 246 out of 302 medal events.