America may be known for its sporting events, but women play all around the world.
It’s not just Softball and the WNBA that have incredibly talented women athletes. With the Rio 2016 Olympic games having come and gone, America was reminded that there are women athletes across the globe who have done amazing things. Well, we were reminded to a degree. Of course, American media is very American-centric, so here’s a list of some international women athletes.
1 — Puerto Rico, Nikki Oppenheimer
Nikki Oppenheimer is a high school basketball player. Oppenheimer is actually from Glenview, IL, but she recently represented Puerto Rico in the sport. Oppenheimer helped Puerto Rico gain fourth place in the international tournament with an average of 11.6 points per game. “It was insanely amazing,” she said. “We qualified for worlds and I was told that was only the second time Puerto Rico has done that.” (Source)
2 — Ecuador, Poleth Méndez
Poleth Méndez is a Paralympic shot-putter. Though she did not win any medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she competed as Ecuador’s only female Paralympian. Mendez suffers from an intellectual disability, but that had not stopped her from fulfilling her athletic dreams. “People did know about the Olympic games,” she told Fusion, “but they didn’t imagine that someone from the village could leave or compete in something like this.” (Source)
3 — Jamaica, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is a track and field athlete. She was the first Jamaican women to win Olympic gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also finished an Olympic race in 2012 with a record time of 10.75 seconds. That was the second-fastest 100 meter run ran by a woman. (Source)
4 — Denmark, Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is an international tennis player. She is a former world number 1 on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour and she held that position for a total of 67 weeks. Wozniacki is the first woman from a Scandinavian country to do so. She’s also 20th in the world rankings over all. (Source)
5 — Canada, Sydney Leroux
Sydney Leroux is currently playing for Kansas City, but she’s a Canadian-born Women’s Soccer player. Though she didn’t play in the final, Leroux helped her American team get to the finals in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She also played in 2012 at the London Olympics, winning gold. She was the youngest member of an Olympic-gold winning team. (Source)