On July 27, athletes from around the world will march into Olympic Stadium to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
As avid sports fans, we always look forward to watching the world’s best athletes compete on the biggest stage of them all. As Americans, we enthusiastically cheer on our own, taking pride in every athlete who dons the red-white-and-blue uniform.
During the 2012 Olympics, a total of 530 athletes will represent the United States in 25 different sports. What’s significant to note is that this year—for the first time in U.S. Olympic history— the women finally will outnumber the men.
The U.S. team is made up of 269 women and 261 men who will be vying for medals in London. Included in that count is equestrian Karen O’Connor, who, at age 54, is the oldest Olympian on the entire team, and swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, the youngest.
It somehow seems appropriate that our nation’s most accomplished women athletes would achieve this feat on the 40-year anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that has increased sports opportunities for millions of women since its implementation. This statistic also reverberates with all of us at Dallas Fan Fares, a company comprised of mostly female employees.
Throughout the years, we have taken great pride in distinctions such as “Top 500 Women-Owned Businesses in America,” “Top 100 Women-Owned Businesses in Texas,” and “Top 500 Diversity Businesses in America,” as bestowed by DiversityBusiness.com and other industry organizations. And much like the U.S. Olympic squad, our “team” is filled with accomplished and talented women, ranging from recent college graduates to mothers of college graduates.
It’s a versatile group, reflecting a diversity of ages, backgrounds and skill sets (not to mention a few men who are as equally talented and accomplished as their female counterparts) and, together, we make one heck of a team!
And speaking of formidable teams, we can’t wait to start cheering on all the women and men who will be competing for our country at the London 2012 Olympic Games. It’s already a history-making squad, even before the first competition (which, interestingly enough, is women’s football) gets under way.
May the 2012 United States Olympic team continue to make history and headlines with its performances … and let the Games begin!
Did You Know? Dallas Fan Fares got its start 32 years ago when Kaye Burkhardt, a former schoolteacher and soon-to-be single mother needed to return to the workforce in order to provide for her four young children. The company has grown from its humble beginnings on Burkhardt’s kitchen table to a globally recognized leader in the fields of meeting management, incentive travel, destination management and sports hospitality, with a client list that includes Fortune 500 corporations and major sports conglomerates such as the National Football League.