Gabby Douglas. Jessica Ennis. Missy Franklin. Ye Shiwen. And don't forget the Olympics' first female judo fighter from Saudi Arabia.
Some scoffed at early hype that the games would be a breakout moment for women, but 11 days in, female athletes have dominated the headlines. Save for a few bursts from Michael Phelps and the indomitable Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, it's hard to imagine the London Games without them.
Certainly, the 2012 Games would have lacked a majority of their defining moments, like Douglas soaring gracefully over the balance beam, or the supremely fit Ennis taking heptathlon gold for host Britain, or the six women's world records swept away in the pool, as opposed to just three by the men. Or the last-minute, overtime header by Alex Morgan that sent the U.S. women's soccer team to a white-knuckle semifinal victory against Canada.
And at least for the United States and China, the runaway medals leaders have been women. Through Tuesday afternoon, U.S. women had w...