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    The Rio Olympics have officially begun and as with all great events, there already appears to be some controversy. As both men and women compete in their chosen fields to be crowed the best of the best, the issue of sexism, racism or cheating has reared its ugly head.

    This week, sexism is the main cause for concern. Swimmer Katinka Hosszu won the 400-meter individual medley in record-breaking time. Commentators immediately said that it was her husband, Shane Tusup who was responsible for her success. This sent social media into overdrive with users calling out the sexist remarks.

    ​Hosszu like many other female athletes have had to work hard to get to where they are. Here are a few other ladies who are doing wonderfully in their fields and showing the world that women can achieve great things in a team, as well as solo.

    Simone Biles

    The New York Times describe this 4 ft. wonder as the world's best gymnast. Other outlets described her as the "freaking queen of everything."

    US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the qualifying for the women's Floor event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.
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    US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the qualifying for the women's Floor event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.

    Biles has proved them right and is competing in the Rio Olympic Games, hoping to go on and win a gold medal for the US team.

    Ibtihaj Muhammad 

    Muhammad, who is ranked second in the US and twelfth in the world in the field of fencing, made history by wearing her hijab.

    Her mother encouraged her to take up fencing as the sport met the Muslim requirements around clothing and modesty. Despite her loss at this year's Olympics, Ibtihaj still believes her journey will inspire others.

    ​"I don't feel like any part of this journey of mine has been a burden, I feel like it's a blessing to represent so many people who don't have voices or don't speak up. It's just been a really remarkable experience for me," Muhammad said.

    US Ibtihaj Muhammad reacts competing against France's Cecilia Berder in their women’s individual sabre qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 8, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.
    © AFP 2019 / Fabrice Coffrini
    US Ibtihaj Muhammad reacts competing against France's Cecilia Berder in their women’s individual sabre qualifying bout as part of the fencing event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on August 8, 2016, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.

    Yusra Mardini

    From refugee to Rio, Olympic athlete Yusra Mardini swam for three hours pushing a sinking boat, to save the lives of 20 others and now she is in the Olympics. Mardini is an inspiration to so many young ladies, especially refugees and migrants.

    Refugee Olympic Team's Yusra Mardini takes part in the Women's 100m Butterfly heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016
    © AFP 2019 / Martin Bureau
    Refugee Olympic Team's Yusra Mardini takes part in the Women's 100m Butterfly heat during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016

    Her journey proves that there is life after Syria.

    Annemiek van Vleuten

    ​The Dutch bike rider crashed out of the Olympic Games on Sunday 7th August, just six miles before the finish line. Her bike flipped and she landed in a ditch, lying motionless as onlookers were left shocked by the impact of her fall.

    Netherlands' Annemiek Van Vleuten waits for the start of the Women's road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.
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    Netherlands' Annemiek Van Vleuten waits for the start of the Women's road cycling race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016.

    However once in hospital she tweeted that all was okay and still had time to congratulate her team mate who did go onto win a medal. 

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