It’s hard to believe that this is the final day of the Olympics. It seems like just yesterday (actually two weeks ago) that we were watching that bizarre opening ceremony about the rise of industry and the Beatles and now we are approaching the closing ceremonies. Though it was during this Olympics that Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian ever and we were blown away by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, these Olympics clearly belonged to the ladies. First of all, the U.S. sent more female athletes than male to the games, joined by Russia, Canada and China. Plus Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei sent female athletes to the Olympics for the first time. And the addition of women’s boxing means women are competing in all 26 events, another first. And then once we got there, these amazing athletes did their thing and the world watched with awe.
Though there were some controversial moments, women ruled the 2012 Olympics. Timo Lumme, the director of television and marketing for the International Olympic Committee, said the dominance of female athletes has sparked a surge in viewership of the games among American girls, evidence that women’s success is already inspiring the next generation. Ratings are 89% higher among 12- to 17-year- old girls than for the hit teen drama Glee, the highest-rated network show in that demographic.Here are the 10 most important moments for women in this Olympics.