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Team USA Will Have the Most Women Ever for 2016 Olympics

Exactly 555 athletes have been chosen to represent Team USA in the highly-anticipated 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Out of those, 292 athletes are women. Not only is that the highest number of female athletes to ever represent the United States, but it's also the most women to ever compete for a single nation in Olympic history.

This isn't the first time that the US has had a higher women-to-men ratio. In 2012, during the London Olympics, the country chose more women than men to compete for the first time in history. Before the US, China previously held the record for highest female participation. During the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Team China announced 639 athletes, 301 of which were women. But according to Olympic historians, only 289 ended up actually competing in the Games.

Things might change considering the official Olympic roster has yet to be released, but things are looking pretty good for the female athletes so far—as if we needed more reasons to countdown to the 2016 Olympic Games.


Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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