#OlympicsDidYouKnow While there were some athletic opportunities for young women in ancient Greece, women initially could not participate in the Olympics. Girls and maidens were allowed to watch the games and congratulate winners by tying colorful ribbons around their heads or limbs. Married women, however, could not even attend the games.
This year at Olympics nearly half of the competitors at the Rio Olympics are female -- the highest percentage of female athletes of any Olympic games. The 2016 Team USA alone boasts 292 female competitors of 554 total.
To keep up with more women’s Olympics coverage, make sure to tune in to the Women’s Gymnastics Individual All-Around Final airing on NBC today at 2 pm CT!