It is no different for boxing which has been an Olympic sport since 1904, but women were only allowed in this year, 2012.
This is an incredible 108 year time span before women were permitted to play.
Even though women were included this year it was on a limited basis; 3 weight classes and 36 participants vs. the mens division of 5 weight classes, and 250 participants.
What would you guess happened? Women rocked!
Claressa Shields, 17 years of age took the US gold! The US men were nowhere to be found.
Leave it to a US girl to save the day. You can check out the amazing deets here.
Women are capable, willing, and driven in the ring. They offer exciting bouts that bring passion and excitement back to this dying sport that frankly, needs some enlivenment.
I hope that after these games the public can see how valuable it is to watch a women play in combat sports.
- Women bring thoughtful strategy to the ring.
- Women bring passion to the ring.
- Women bring technical skill to the ring.
- Women elevate combat sports to a place that would not be realized without our involvement.
Hail to women in the ring.
Kudos to Clarissa for bringing home the ONLY boxing gold for USA.
And props to everyone who acknowledges the advantage of having women play in combat games the same way as men have for years.
This is the Olympics of reckoning. In these London games we K.O.ed the naysayers, because we came out on top.
Women rock the ring!
What do you think about women playing in combat sports? Are you for or against it? Leave a comment below, I’d like to know what you think.