Moments after the results were posted, Yuanhui crouched to the ground holding her stomach in obvious pain. After a minute to recuperate she rose to tell the reporter, "I feel I didn't swim well today. I let my teammates down because my period came yesterday. I'm feeling a bit weak, but this is not an excuse."
Her candid and genuine response to her performance has thousands rallying behind the brave woman who dared to say what too many keep silent.
In a society scared to discuss the effects and functions of the female reproductive system, Yuanhui has been a strong source of female empowerment that young female athletes can look up to.
How many times have you heard someone say, "You run like a girl"? It is a statement that has significant impact on young women as they navigate the slippery stepping-stones of maturing from a little girl to a young woman.
Sports are crucial in helping young females develop and maintain self-confidence. In a recent2015 U.S. consumer data study, results confirmed women aged 18 to 24 are twice as likely to be more confident if they continued to play sports regularly than those who quit or never played at all.
Our society needs to tackle this currently silent issue of females being told at a young age there are reasons why they can't play sports. Always is inviting everyone to rewrite the rules and give support to females.
Watch the empowering video below and share the message with all your friends. Just as Fu Yuanhui dared to speak out, let your own unique voice be heard.