Her’s Day Thursday

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Last Thursday was International Women’s Day and I totally dropped the ball and didn’t blog! Ack! But, to be fair, Huff the Hubs was having major surgery done so I was a teensy bit preoccupied.

There were some great tweets, stories, and announcements on IWD, but I think my favorite was news from Mattel! They are expanding the Barbie line of “Sheroes”–female heroes to help inspire a new generation of young girls! I’ve mentioned the Misty Copeland doll before, but now the doll maker is adding to their fabulous female collection of dolls with over five new ladies!

The new women featured include:

Katherine Johnson

This remarkable woman–who entered high school at the age of TEN–was hired by NASA to basically be a human computer! She was one of the women portrayed in the film Hidden Figures and is definitely a role model!

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Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, now 18 years old, has carried on her father’s legacy and passion for wildlife and conservation, devoting her life to keeping animals off the extinction list! She has also added author and actress to her repertoire, writing several children’s books and starring in films with her favorite co-stars–animals!

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Gabby Douglas

Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas charmed the world with her amazing gymnastics abilities and bright smile during the 2012 London Olympics. She is a boundary breaker and an amazing athlete, earning her the title of Sheroe!

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To see the rest of the BAMFs on the list, click here!

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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Even though the Olympics are over, I’m still seeing posts about Olympic athletes (both past and present) pop up in my Facebook newsfeed. The other day, I came across an amazing video about an Olympian and I had to share her story with you!

Today’s leading lady is: Agnes Keleti!

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Agnes Keleti was born January 9, 1921 in Hungary to a Jewish family. Agnes started gymnastics when she was four years old and became the Hungarian National Champion in gymnastics at 16. Everyone believed Agnes would be represent Hungary in the 1940 Olympics, however the Nazi regime had other plans.

Because of the abhorrent treatment of the Jewish people, Agnes and her family were forced into hiding. Agnes made it through the war by purchasing Christian identification papers and working as a maid in a small Hungarian village. Her mother and sister also survived, however her father died in Auschwitz.

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After the war was over, Agnes almost immediately went back to training. Sadly, an injury caused Agnes to have to sit out at the 1948 Olympics. However, she made a comeback in 1952—at the “ripe old gymnastics age” of 31—and won her first gold medal in Floor Exercises! Agnes went on to win ten Olympic medals as well as the All-Around Hungarian championships ten times! She is the most decorated female Jewish Olympian of all time! A political upset in Hungary caused Agnes to defect to Israel, where she went on to coach the Israeli gymnastics team for nearly two decades. Though she is retired, Agnes still works on her gymnastic skills every day!

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Now THAT’S talent! Way to be, Agnes!

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In keeping with last week’s post about some lovely young ladies competing for Team USA in the Rio Olympics. Today, I want to tell y’all about some awesome women that aren’t letting age stop them from achieving Olympic greatness!

Kristin Armstrong

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This week, Kristin Armstrong took home her third iOlympic gold medal in the women’s individual time trial (cycling) the day before her 43rd birthday! She battled through a nosebleed and osteoarthritis in BOTH hips! What a BAMF!

 

Oksana Chusovitina

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Oksana has been comepeting in the Olympics for more than 25 years! She is proof that hard work pays off if you stick with it! Just check her out:

 

Kim Rhode

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Kim Rhode has been competing in the skeet shoot and double trap shooting since she was 13 years old! She’s been competing in the Olympics for TWENTY years and, while in Rio this year, became the first U.S. Olympian to qualify for an Olympic team on FIVE different continents! What a sharp shooter!

 

These ladies prove age is just a number!