These Female Olympians Are Obliterating Gender Stereotypes

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio are in full swing, and already records are being broken and gender stereotypes are getting smashed.

It's a girl's world now, and whoever said females can't rule at any and all sports was terribly mistaken.

These five female athletes are proving that male-dominated pursuits are a thing of the past.

Claressa Shields, Boxer

Boxing is no feat for Claressa Shields, who in 2012, took home her first gold medal at the London Olympic Games. She was the first American woman ever to win a boxing gold medal and the first American boxer (either male or female) to win gold in back-to-back Olympic Games. It looks like another medal could be coming her way very soon.


Ginny Thrasher, Air Rifle Shooter

ICYMI, Ginny Thrasher took home USA's first gold medal in Rio by winning the women's 10-meter air rifle event. No big deal. 19-year-old Ginny exemplifies that age and gender should never hinder you from dreaming big. 


Kelly Griffin, Rugby Player

Kelly, an American rugby player, is the definition of girl power. She's the captain of the United States Women's Rugby Sevens team in Rio, and has previously won a bronze medal at the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup. Unstoppable.


Morghan King, Weightlifter

Weightlifting is no longer a male-dominated sport, and we've got the strong Olympian Morghan King to prove it. This year, Morghan finished sixth in the Women's 48kg weight class and set an American record (you go, girl) with a 182.9-pound lift in the snatch. Power to you. ????


Adeline Gray, Wrestler

Adeline Gray has the opportunity to make history this year in Rio. She could very well be the first woman to ever bring home a gold medal for the U.S. women's wrestling team. Adeline is making it known that wrestling won't be a novice sport for women much longer.

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Girls really can do anything. Click HERE to watch our nine-part series on four incredible female athletes on their quest to take home gold at the Olympics.