Team USA Includes More Women Than Men

It’s a first in U.S. Olympic history

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Team USA is full of some serious girl power.

USA Today reports that for the first time, more women than men will compete for the United States, with 269 female and 261 male athletes making up the American team.

“It speaks to Title IX,” says Teresa Edwards, a five-time basketball medalist and the U.S. Olympic team chef de mission (a leadership role). “It’s evident where we’ve come from, especially with women in sports. I’m very proud of that—not so proud that I want to make the men jealous because a lot of men play a role in where we are now—but I’m proud to know that we’ve come this far.”

The youngest American Olympian is 15-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky, and the oldest is 54-year-old equestrian Karen O’Connor, the USA Today adds.

Ladies, make us proud.

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