Did You Know?

Bronze Statuette of a girl runner, probably from Sparta, ca. 500 BC, British Museum. Bronze Statuette of a girl runner, probably from Sparta, ca. 500 BC, British Museum.

  • The first women’s marathon was at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.
  • Softball made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. It’s an Olympic event for women only.
  • US Women’s Hockey made history in the 1998 Nagano Games winning the first gold medal in the first year of women’s Olympic hockey.
  • Women’s events introduced in 2000 at Sydney:
    • water polo
    • pole vaulting trampoline
    • synchronized diving
    • hammer throwers