Most athletes don't make history when they come in last or garner a standing ovation after being easily defeated by a far superior athlete. We've seen this happen with a few female athletes during the London Olympics. These are women who are pioneers and inspirations for countless women, even though they never had a shot at Olympic medals. They are female athletes who endured discrimination and abuse in order to become the first women to compete for their respective countries. These are countries that subjugate women and allow them very few rights, but had one major blow against their sexist regimes and laws when they had female athletes represent them on the global stage.