Do you know that more than 40 percent of the participants in the 2012 Olympic Games in London were women ? Women also took part in every kind of sports event , but that was not always the case . In Ancient Greece the symbol * of the Olympic Games was Nike the goddess * of victory * . But women were banned * from the games . Married women couldn’t even watch the games and women athletes were forbidden to compete . Since they couldn’t compete against the men , the women created a competition of their own . This took place every four years . However , there were only running races . When the modern Olympic Games began in 1896 , women were still not welcome . The founder * of the modern Olympics , Baron Pierre de Coubertin , thought that allowing women to compete would be boring and incorrect . Five women were allowed to compete in the 1900 Olympic Games , but only in three sporting events – golf , gymnastics and tennis . The first female Olympic champion , Charlotte Cooper , won a gold me...  אל הספר