Girls run the world, right? Well, if you ever doubted this, here is a good reason to change your mind. Women have been taking part in the Olympics since 1900 and won thousands of medals while at it. United States female athletes happen to be the most decorated in Olympian history.
So who are these women who flew and continue to fly the American flag high?
In total, Thompson has won 12 medals (8 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze). Though now an anesthesiologist and surgeon, Thompson’s star in swimming shone during the 1992 to 2004 Olympics. She dominated the events with her unrivaled speed under the waters. She started her swimming career at Stanford University, where she was a student.
Also, a swimmer, Torres, has 12 medals in total: 4 gold, 4 silver, and 4 bronze. Torres flew the American flag in five Olympic Games i.e., 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008. Notably, at 41, she was the oldest swimmer to be given a chance to represent the country in an Olympic event. Torres won a medal in every Olympic event she took part in. The four golds she has came from relay events. She won a silver in 2008 Olympics in the 50-meter freestyle individual race.
Coughlin also has 12 medals inside her bag – 3 gold, 4 silver, and 5 bronze. She took part in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympicgames, and in 2008, she won six medals to become the first athlete to win such a number of medals in a single event. One of the medals was gold she won in the 100- meter backstroke.
Felix’s prowess in track and field events was unrivaled. She has nine medals in total – 6 gold and 3 silver. She took part in Olympics for the first time in 2004 in Athens, where she won a silver in the 200-meter race.