'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
American women dominated the competition in London, winning 58 of their country's 104 medals. Of the 46 U.S. gold medals, women or women's teams won 29 of them. It's a feat that seems particularly fitting, as June 23 marked the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a piece of legislation that granted more equal access to women and girls in sports.
Swimming, track and field, basketball, women's soccer, Serena Williams and Aly Raisman. They all found their way onto U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst's highlight list from the London Games.
Kayla Harrison took her spot atop the medal stand, determined not to cry during the national anthem.
Kayla Harrison, the first American athlete of either gender to win gold in judo, said she felt privileged to take part in a record-breaking Olympics for women.
"It feels amazing to be a part of something that is so much bigger than myself," Harrison told USA Judo. "To be able to say that I am a strong, confident woman and Olympic champion is amazing, and I hope that we have a million little girls that are inspired right now."