Sexism

Female Olympic athletes can break records, win gold … and still be described in terms of who their husbands are

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: Katinka Hosszu of Hungary celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke Final on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

As female Olympians smash world records and push their bodies toward incredible performances at this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio, commentators have been heaping praise and admiration … on their husbands.

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu sailed through the world record time of the 400-meter individual medley swim event Saturday, leaving NBC commentators to offer the analysis that Hosszu’s husband and coach, Shane Tusup, is “the man responsible” for Hosszu’s achievement, rather than Hosszu herself being able to claim that responsibility.

Another NBC commentator managed to say of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team, chock-full of powerful athletes competing at the top of the world competition, “They might as well be standing around at the mall.”

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune wrote glowingly about a hometown athlete and the Olympics in its coverage Sunday. Tweeting out a story about three-time Olympian Corey Cogdell-Unrein, the paper said, “Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a Bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.”

Codgell-Unrein has won two medals for trap shooting at the Olympics, but the Tribune decided to go with the fact that she’s also married to a football player to describe her to readers.

“In other news, husband of Olympic medalist Corey Cogdell can’t seem to win a Super Bowl,” tweeted cartoonist Scott Johnson.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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