Who runs the world? GIRLS!
No seriously, as far as the U.S. Olympic teams are concerned, for the first time there are more women competing than men in the Olympic Games. Ok, so there are only eight MORE women competing than men, but still, it’s pretty cool.
The United States is sending 530 athletes to the Olympics (269 women and 261 men) in 25 of the 38 disciplines.
“I’m also proud that for the first time in history, the U.S. Olympic Team features more women than men,” says U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun in a statement.
Woo-hoo! Women breaking barriers! First female president! Ryan Lochte for world’s hottest swimmer! Woops, sorry, I got caught up in the theatrics of the exclamation points. Err, I mean, Women’s Volleyball team for the win!
More than half of the 530 athletes are competing for the first time.
Natalie Coughlin needs just one more medal to join fellow swimmers Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres as the most decorated American female Olympian with 12 medals.
The oldest competing lady is 54-year-old equestrian rider Karen O’Connor, while the youngest is 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky.
More fun facts about this year's Olympiads: Basketball player Tyson Chandler is the tallest American at 7-foot-1, while gymnast Gabby Douglas is one of the three shortest Americans, at 4-foot-11.
There are 53 dads and 11 moms on the team, two sets of twins (Bob and Mike Bryan in Tennis and Grant and Ross James in Rowing) and seven who come out of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
The Olympics start on July 27! Let the games begin!