With the excitement of the current Olympics, and all the inspiring USA and worldwide competitors, it’s hard to escape thoughts of sport this week. As barriers are broken: record-breaking times, ages–old or young, and the addition of new sports for women (boxing for the first time this year)–we seem to have long- forgotten the earliest breaking of barriers, allowing women to compete in the same sports as men. When ‘modern’ era Olympics started in Athens in 1896, women were not allowed to compete. And even when, in 1900 Paris, they were permitted, individuals competed only in tennis, golf, croquet. We’ve come a long way since then–and surprisingly, only this year does every competing country have at least one woman representing their country.