Faster, taller, stronger … complying with the Olympic ideology is not the monopoly of men, nor is it restricted to sports matters.
At the national level, although our delegations are usually represented mostly by men – for example, this time they are 60 percent of the delegation -, having reached the medal table, it is women who have brought the most glory to the country. Of the last 23 medals, 15 we owe to women.
But, we said, it is not a purely competitive issue. A claim that had not been so evident in any of the previous editions has to do with the glaring differences between women’s and men’s outfits in some sports, and the unwillingness of some competitors to continue wearing clothes that they do not feel like wearing. comfortable. For example, the German women’s gymnastics team showed up wearing a unitard that completely covered arms and legs. For its part, the Norwegian handball team received a sanction for competing with shorts that covered a little more towards the thigh than the traditional beach bikini with which women – but not men – who compete in this sport.
Another important moment of female visibility in the Tokyo Games was in charge of who is perhaps the most recognized athlete in the Olympic Village: Simone Biles, the 24-year-old American who, after achieving impressive feats in previous editions, on this occasion He refused to continue competing, considering that his mental health was not enough to avoid putting himself at risk. Simone’s message is extremely powerful: good mood matters as much as physical, you cannot participate at any cost and no one but the athlete herself has the ability to define her limits.
Winners, masters of their body and their mind, this is how the women of the Olympics are, becoming models for the new generations about what it means to go faster, higher and stronger.
Miriam Hinojosa Dieck
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