With so much happening over in London, featuring one iconic woman this week just didn't seem sufficient. For the first time in history, the US has sent more women than men to the Olympic games. The women of the 2012 Olympic teams are not only wives, mothers, sisters, and friends, but fiercely competitive role-models who inspire us all to reach for our own greatness.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh: Beach Vollyball
Misty is currently the most successful beach volleyball player in the world, with 110 championships under her belt.
Kerri, mother of two and returning two time olympic champion has made history by winning two back to back gold medals, and possibly a third this year.
Gabby Douglas: Gymnastics
At just 16 years old, Gabby Douglas is now the reigning world champion of women's gymnastics. The first African-American woman to hold the title. Staying focused and determined, she showed true poise in the journey gold.
Hope Solo: Soccer
Considered to be the best goalkeeper in the world, Hope has had a career and life full of ups and downs. She continues to inspire children and adults a like to stay passionate and follow their dreams of success no matter what the obstacle.
Carmelita Jeter: Running
Jeter arrived at this year's games hoping to defend her title of worlds fastest woman. Coming in hundredths of a second behind the winner of the 100 meter race, Carmelita said of her race "I left my heart and soul on that track. When you do that you can't be upset."
Keep up with all of your favorite female olympians over at ESPNW throughout the rest of the games.