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The 10 most outrageously sexist moments of the Rio Olympics so far

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This list will be updated as the Games go on...


Many things have shocked us about the Rio Olympics - such as the green diving pool, the double restart of the men's Keirin final or the disappearance of Dan Goodfellow - but perhaps most shocking of all is the ridiculous amount of sexism that has occurred. Here's the worst of it.

Cyclist Laura Trott became Britain's most successful Olympian of all-time on Tuesday when she won her 4th gold in Rio. However, this didn't stop her being the subject of sexism when her fiance Jason Kenny bagged his 6th gold medal. Commenting on Kenny's lack of emotion, commentator Chris Boardman said: "She’s [Trott] doing all the emotion for him – he’s [Kenny] looking at her wondering what’s for tea." This sparked outrage on Twitter...

...although Boardman insists it had nothing to do with gender.

Katinka Hosszu, the Hungarian swimmer, killed it in the 400m individual medley. She broke the world record by a massive two seconds. And, what did NBC do - [gave credit to her coach/husband. When he appeared on the television the station said "there's the person responsible for her performance."

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Olympic gymnasts can throw themselves in the air, triple-backflip, and bend in ways that we never thought humanly possible - yet the one newspaper chose to focus on their outfits. In its piece on the best and the worst leotards, they put the gymnasts under scrutiny for their looks - not their skills.

NBC was criticised for showing too many adverts during the opening ceremony. Their spokesman blamed it on women and said: "more women watch the Games than men, and for the women, they’re less interested in the result and more interested in the journey. It's sort of like the ultimate reality show and mini-series wrapped into one.”

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When Corey Cogdell-Unrein won her second Olympic bronze medal for trap shooting, the Chicago Tribune referred to her as "wife of Bears lineman Mitch Unrein". We look forward to reading about the husband of Olympian trap shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein in the near future.

Whether it be her legs or shoulders, BBC presenter Helen Skelton has repeatedly come under scrutiny on social media for what she is wearing. If you are thinking of tweeting about Skelton, remind yourself of your swimming lesson days, wearing a fleece on the clammy poolside while waiting for your classmates. Then add about 20 degrees of heat.

Marta Viera da Silva is arguably the best female footballer ever - but fans and commentators keep comparing her to male counterparts Neymar and Pele. She clearly had had enough earlier this week when she told a reporter: "Marta is Marta, Neymar is Neymar".

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Body-shaming trolls took to Twitter to criticise Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno on Tuesday. Fortunately, others took down the haters and stood up for the gymnast.

Cosmopolitan chose to mark the success of male Olympians in the most derogatory way possible, in their special gallery "36 of the Greatest Summer Olympic Bulges 2016".

These incidents have also been pointed out too:

Oiled up Tongan flag bearer, Pita Taufatofua, is given a chest massage live on - you guessed it - NBC.

NBC continues its sexist streak and asks the question that is on nobody's mind.


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