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3 infuriating examples of sexist Olympic coverage


The Olympics are underway--yay!--and with only a few days in, the coverage has been deemed pretty sexist by many onlookers.

The competition began on Friday, and so far there have been many questionable incidents involving NBC and the Chicago Tribune.

Up first: NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks basically credited Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu's record-breaking win to her husband, Shane Tusup. Tusup is also Hosszu's coach, BTW, and immediately following her win, cameras panned to him and the commentator said, "There's the man responsible." Seriously.

Then, there was an incident with a tweet from The Chicago Tribune. When Corey Cogdell-Unrein won a bronze medal in women's trap shooting, they posted a tweet saying, "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal."

Then, there was the time when a commentator belittled the US women's gymnastics team after they completely crushed the competition in the qualifying round. He said they looked like they “might as well be standing in the middle of a mall” as they were talking, laughing, and celebrating their performances.

These incidents highlight just how tough it is for female athletes to be taken seriously.

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3 infuriating examples of sexist Olympic coverage

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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