Borrowing a line from pop singer Beyonce, “Girls, we run this motha.” The official U.S. Olympic Team will have more female athletes on its roster than males. It’s an encouraging statistic that falls on the 40th anniversary year of Title IX and a testament to women in sports.
The U.S. Olympic Committee released its official roster for 2012 Olympic Games and it includes 269 women. This marks the first time in history that women outnumber the men (261) on the U.S. team. The oldest American on the roster is 54-year old Karen O’Connor, an equestrian rider and the youngest, 15-year old swimmer, Katie Ledecky. There are 13 moms on the team.
The Olympics start July 27 in London.
Parts of this story were from The Associated Press.