Cool Female Olympian of the Day - Lizzie Armitstead

The first Team GB female Olympian on our radar this week is cyclist and general rock star Lizzie Armitstead
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The first Team GB female Olympian on our radar this week is cyclist and general rock star Lizzie Armitstead

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Our first Cool Female Olympian had to be cyclist Armitstead, who won us our first Team GB medal this weekend, getting silver in the women’s road cycling race.

23-year-old Lizzie, who’s from Yorkshire, took up cycling after Britain’s Cycling’s Olympic Talent Team visited her school.

This is her first Olympics, although she’s won medals in several world championships.

After the race she was also vocal in speaking out against sexism in cycling  (female road racing is still very much seen as the junior partner to the men’s event): "The sexism I have encountered in my career can get quite overwhelming and very frustrating," she told reporters after the race.

"You just get used to it, though, and there's not much I can do it about it now as an elite athlete. But I certainly hope to after my career is over."

An Olympic medal winner and a potential activist in the making? Pretty cool all round I say…