By Carmelina Stolzenberg
At the height of the Olympic events, many fans were outraged by the lack of appropriate attribution to certain Olympians for their outstanding accomplishments.
Olympic bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell-Unrein was only ever known because of her husband’s football fame.
Given these circumstances and the society we live in today, this story caught a lot of attention on social media. Twitter exploded with passionate feminists from all over the nation, some wittier than others.
@Kaylaburgess said, “Either being a wife is now an Olympic sport, or Tribune should tweet Corey Cogdell-Unrein is a shooting medalist.” Another reads as follows, @erinruberry, “I think you spelled ‘Three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein wins her second bronze medal’ wrong.”
These are two short, sweet and equally tweets summarizing the injustice that occurred.
Despite the lack of positive media coverage on the players, columnist Ben Machell tweeted, “Hijab vs. bikini thing aside, how much of a ‘culture clash’ is it really if you are both playing women’s beach volleyball at the Olympics.”
Their lifestyle and individuality have been called into question here rather than the nitty-gritty details of the sport.
Finally, there’s a continued lack of appropriate acknowledgement that the female athletes receive with this last, head-spinning example of Hungary’s, Katinka Hosszu, gold medalist in the 400-meter individual medley.
Upon completing her event, NBC announcer Dan Hicks attributed the attention and accomplishment of this incredible swimmer to her husband and coach, calling him “the man responsible” for her achievement. As if he had swam the event himself, and as if her achievement was not her own, but rather his. However, her hard work paid off, and she has now made a name for herself as well.
As the Olympics have come to an end, and the world is now more aware of sexism and inequality within these games, it is with great hope that we will see a change in the following Olympic games just two short years from now.