Female athletes qualify for the Olympics for one reason and one reason only, they're the best in the world at their respective sport. Still, media outlets and commentators sometimes make sexist comments, only to get quickly called out on Twitter and forced into an apology. The women of the 2016 Olympic games have kicked ass, and they deserve to be recognized for their insane skills. Here's 5 times the media got it wrong.
1. Corey Cogdell-Unrein
Three time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein won the bronze medal in women's trap shooting, but the Chicago Tribune was more impressed by who she's married to.
2. Katie Ledecky
The 19-year-old swimming phenomenon not only won gold, she broke a freaking world record, and yet Michael Phelps' second place medal still took top billing in the newspaper.
3. Katie Ledecky again.
Seriously though, Katie Ledecky won four gold medals and a silver in Rio, yet the Daily Mail posted a headline calling her the "female Michael Phelps."
The headline has since been updated, but the phrase is still used in the article.
4. Katinka Hosszu
When gold medal swimmer Katinka Hosszu of Hungary broke the world record in the 400-meter individual medley, the camera panned to her husband/coach. That's when NBC commentator Dan Hicks said, "and there's the man responsible." Twitter was quick to call out the commentator's sexism. He was forced to apologize.
5. The US Women's Gymnastics Team.
By now you know the US Women's Gymnastics Team dominated in the 2016 Olympics. Despite being undeniably amazing gold-medal winning athletes, NBC Olympic commentator Jim Watson thought it would be ok to say these female athletes looked like they "might as well be standing in the middle of the mall." Cause you know, bitches be
shoppin' winning gold medals.