Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Women I'm Watching at the Olympics

So I got all excited because someone put out a list of "Model Women" olympians. I jumped on that link and started scanning through the pictures and bios, and quickly realized that all of the women on the list are white.  A quick scan through the entire list of U.S. athletes showed that there are few women of color competing this year, but this "model" list included women from other countries as well. The "model" list could have included a more diverse group of women.

Alrighty then. Here's a list of five women, female olympians, that I'm paying attention to for these games.  I'm gonna be updating their accomplishments during the games, starting with the fact that Holy WOW these women made the olympic team!!!  Check these women out--I'm in awe. Clicking on their names will take you to photos and bios.

Women's Bobsled
26 years old, from Chico, CA
Ms. Azevedo is the brakeman for a 2-person bobsled team
Her events kick off on February 23.

More after the jump!

Women's Snowboard Cross
21 years old, from Girdwood, Alaska
Snowboard cross is WILD. If you haven't watched it, you're in for a treat.
Her events kick off February 16.

Pairs Figure Skating
25 years old, from Sugarland, TX
Ms. Evora partners with Mark Ladwig

Women's Figure Skating
16 years old, from Arcadia, CA
Ms. Nagasu's challenge will be to nail a triple-triple combo in performance!
Her events kick off February 23.

Women's Speed Skating
33 years old, from Miami, FL
Ms. Rodriguez has medaled twice before in the Olympics.
She is competing in the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, and Team Pursuit.
Her events kick off February 16.

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