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  • Amazing Female Olympic Athletes
    03/07/2015

    @Claudia Bokel , member of the IOC Executive Board, has stated it clearly: “Sport is a great way to elevate equality. If we succeed in reaching equality in sport, we can succeed in society.” At Paris 1900, only 2.2% of the athletes were women. 112 years later in London, 44% of the competitors were female. Over that time period, the world has witnessed incredible feats by these inspirational athletes. Here are 8 such competitors, who have impressed millions with their athleticism and greatness.

    • Charlotte Cooper (GBR, tennis) was the first female athlete to win a gold. She competed at the Paris 1900 Games, winning women's singles and mixed doubles.
    • Fanny Durack (AUS, left) was the first woman to win gold in swimming (100m). In order to travel to Stockholm, she had to raise her own funds.
    • Larisa Latynina (URS, artistic gymnastics) has won an incredible 18 medals, 9 of which were gold. She dominated her sport from 1956 to 1964.
    • Madge Syers (GBR) helped pave the way for the 1st figure skating ladies competition at London 1908 by winning silver at the Worlds in 1902!
    • Did we mention that Madge Syers was the first woman to compete at the World Figure Skating Championships and the only woman entered in 1902?
    • "Babe" Didrikson (USA) excelled in many events, winning golds in javelin throw and hurdles and silver in high jump. She later took up golf, and dominated!
    • Jackie Joyner (USA), like Didrikson, was an all-around athlete, winning 6 medals including 2 golds in heptathlon and 1 gold in long jump.
    • Nawal El Moutawakel was the only female athlete from Morocco to compete at Los Angeles 1984. She won gold in 400m hurdles. http://bit.ly/1CFMCCe
    • @Nadia Comaneci (ROU) earned gymnastics' first perfect 10 during Montreal 1976. The 9 time Olympic medalist went on to record 6 more 10s during those Games!
  • Olympic Athletes' Recent #TBT Pics!!
    02/07/2015

    It's time to enjoy a blast from the past! Olympic athletes sometimes upload #tbt photos to social media, and we've gathered some of the most recent ones for you to enjoy.

    • Yes, it's fast, and no you can't ride it! @Carly Patterson (USA, artistic gymnastics) :)
    • This photograph of @Chris Paul was taken 10 years ago. Since then, Paul has helped Team USA win 2 golds.
    • @Fatima Moreira de Melo (NED, hockey) was 15 years old when this photo was taken!
    • @Karina LeBlanc (CAN, football) shared this great shot from 1999 during her first World Cup. 
    • @Kimmie Meissner (USA, figure skating) and her brother look so cute, don't they?! In her post, Meissner mentions 'how on point' her outfit is! We agree!
    • @Natalie Coughlin (USA, swimming, "me") is waiting for an autograph from @Summer Sanders (USA, swimming, "Summer"). Both are Olympic legends!
    • @Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED, swimming) is seen here at Costa Brava in Spain back in 1993!
    • Have you ever done a back flip in front of the Eiffel Tower? @Rosannagh MacLennan (CAN, trampoline) has!
    • @Brianna Decker (USA, ice hockey) shared a great photograph of her middle school football team.
    • @Shaun White (USA, snowboarding) posted "Never stop doing what you do" along with this great tbt photo.
    • @Anaïs Caradeux (FRA, freestyle skiing) posted this childhood picture for her birthday (30 June). She "thanks everyone for the warm wishes!"
  • 7 Life Hacks of Olympic Athletes
    26/06/2015
    Ever need a tool, but couldn't find it? You can either look for it, or use other objects in creative ways. A few Olympic athletes have shared their life hacks on social media, and we've put them here for you to see!
    • Lost your turkey baster? Thanks to this idea from @Keri-Anne Payne (GBR, swimming), all you need to save your dinner from drying out is a water bottle!
    • Sometimes when you're on top of a glacier, you just need to get out of the sun. Luckily @Michael Riddle (CAN, skiing) showed us how in this cool pic!
    • When your hair gets out of control, and you don't have a comb or brush, use a fork! Thanks @Matthew Mitcham (AUS, diving) for this tip :)
    • You don't need a shower cap as long as you have a plastic bag. Looking good, @Jeneba Tarmoh  (USA, athletics)!
    • @Chris Hoy (GBR, cycling) has retired from cycling, but he still races... with cars. When the windows got misty, Hoy used a hair dryer to defog!
    • @Nina Heglund (GBR, handball) can macgyver a bike with just a hair tie and a twig! Pretty sweet :)
    • No paper? No problem! @Jason Rogers (USA, fencing) used a banana peel as a notepad! Bananas = great for breakfast and memos!
  • What 10 Olympic Athletes Did for Olympic Day!
    24/06/2015

    Recently, we had a story about what Olympic athletes were doing to promote Olympic Day. Olympic Day was yesterday, and here are a few stories of what 10 Olympic Athletes did to celebrate!

    • @Valentina Marchei (Italy, figure skating) says she had an amazing Olympic Day as she posted this picture of herself stretching in Capri.
    • @Shannon Miller and Jaycee Phelps (USA, gymnastics) helped out at a fun fitness day in Indianapolis. They tried to set a world record for handstands!
    • @Emily Cook (USA, freestyle skiing) spent Olympic Day at Utah Olympic Park coaching the next generation of Olympians! (pic taken in October 2013)
    • @Stephanie Magiros (AUS, snowboarding) volunteered at a primary school in Sydney, sharing the Olympic spirit with the students there!
    • @Michael Phelps and @Allison Schmitt (USA, swimming) spent their Olympic Day at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
    • @Usain Bolt (JAM, athletics) posted this inspirational quote and pic of him and @Yohan Blake 
    • @Brendan Green (CAN, biathlon) trained for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. In the post, he said "Making the hard work count"
    • @Noelle Barahona (Chile, alpine skiing) did some rock climbing!
    • @Lolo Jones (USA, athletics, bobsleigh) posted this pic for Olympic Day, writing "One sport I won't make... Golf returns to The Olympics next year!"
    • @Felix Sanchez  (USA, athletics) reminisced about the Olympics, saying they have helped him learn "to adapt, focus, and dream". http://bit.ly/1GpVlKg
  • The Artwork of Henry Fraser
    18/06/2015

    Henry Fraser had a promising rugby career when he was 17. However, a spinal cord injury would leave him paralysed from the neck down in 2009. Fraser's attitude is best described in his own words: "Being challenged in life is inevitable, but I believe that being defeated is optional". He has started mouth-drawings, and much of his work is focused around Olympic athletes. You can see his work here.

    http://www.henryfraser.org/

    Follow him on Twitter @henryfraser0

    • Here, you can see Fraser working on a painting of @Usain Bolt. It takes a lot of concentration and effort.
    • This is the finished picture of Bolt. It's simply amazing!
    • @Usain Bolt was impressed too. He sent this tweet to Fraser, calling it "brilliant".
    • @Jessica Ennis (UK, athletics) was also one the subject of one of Fraser's paintings. She agreed to sign it, and Fraser will donate it to charity.
    • @Chris Hoy, (UK, cycling), the most decorated Olympic cyclist of all time, is depicted here riding. Hoy also signed it!
    • Can you tell who this is? Fraser drew @Roger Federer hitting an amazing through the legs shot.
    • This is @Roger Federer's tweet back to Fraser after seeing his work of art!
    • At Rio 2016, Rory McIlroy will be competing in golf for Ireland. Here, Fraser created a pencil drawing of him. McIlroy calls described it as "amazing"!