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It's Different for Girls

Sorry about the title, I'm a big Dierks Bentley fan. 

It's not pleasant, but the plight of women in 3rd and 4th world countries is at times abhorrent. Honor killings, acid attacks, rape, genital mutilation and more happening in 2017 is very difficult for this beer-bellied American to understand. Nigeria had certainly its struggles with 276 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, the majority still yet to be returned. 

From my quick informal count, Sub-Saharan African countries had 3 medals at the 2016 Olympics, in all sports. IN ALL SPORTS. Medals are a big deal and women having opportunities in Wrestling is an amazing opportunity. 

Now while most feel-good NBC stories that make soccer moms weep are just that, and then the athlete takes last like Eddie the Eagle. Odunayo Adekuoroye (Nigeria) enters this week as the #1 ranked Wrestler in the 55 kg class. She is just 23 and had a breakout performance at the 2015 World Championships claiming bronze. Adekuoroye is a shining example of Wrestling being an incredible opportunity for women from developing nations.  

These women travelling the world and being able to bring rare medals home is incredible and almost unique to Wrestling. Hopefully, the singing Adekuoroye will dance and double-leg her way to leading the way for women everywhere.