Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." These female athletes remind young girls that anything is possible through hard work, resilience, and dedication.
The Woman Post | Carolina Rodríguez Monclou
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The Woman Post chose five female athletes who are worth watching during Tokyo's 2021 Olympics.
- Stephanie Gilmore
Gilmore is in a special place in surfing history. Now a seven-time world champion tied for the best of all time. She's able to surf any wave, any size, on any board. The surfing superstar is from northern New South Wales on the east coast of Australia. In 2011 and 2013, she won the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award. In 2007, while still a rookie, she won her first world title. A feat that made her the first surfer in the world to do so. The 32 years old professional surfer is set to represent Australia at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
- Janja Garnbret
The Slovenian sport climber is the first woman to win overall titles in Lead climbing and bouldering at important competitions such as the World Athletics Championships. With sport climbing's Olympic debut beckoning, the three disciplines of Speed, Boulder, and Lead have been added together to create the Combined event at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021. According to the International Federation of Sport Climbing official channel, "the women's World record is 6.99 seconds" in the Speed category. Garnbret is one of the favorites of the competition.
- Morgan Hurd
The 19-years-old American artistic gymnast has amazed the public with her contemporary style. Hurd makes fluid and very beautiful movements. In an interview with Olympic, Hurd's choreographist, Dominic Zito, assures, "each routine I think she keeps getting better and better." She is one of the world's best athletes in her category and can only win the most important sporting events wearing glasses. According to ABC News, "Morgan Hurd won her first-ever all-around gold medal at the World Championships." Despite her young age, she's one of the most recognized female athletes.
- Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka is the fruit between the romance between a Haitian man and a Japanese woman. She competes representing the Asian country despite having lived most of her life in the United States. According to Forbes magazine, Naomi Osaka has become the athlete with the highest earnings, with $ 37.4 million. In November of 2018, Naomi finally dethroned world tennis champion, Serena Williams, when she won the US Open final. The 22-years-old professional tennis player will represent Japan at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
- Sky Brown
The 12 years old skater prodigy is one of the world's youngest Olympians. Last year, a devastating fall while she was practicing almost ended that dream, but Sky refused to slow down, and she got right back up. The Anglo-Japanese skateboarder, who competes for Great Britain, started skateboarding and surfing when she was three years old. Sky is going to compete in the Olympics in 2021 in Tokyo.
Although sports remain dominated by men financially and globally, these five female athletes empower women and girls through their wins and recognitions. Tokyo's 2021 Olympics is the perfect opportunity for all these young girls to show the world what they are capable of.