Posts Tagged female athletes

Why doesn’t Sarah Robles, the highest ranked American weightlifter, have all the athletic sponsorships?


I mentioned this story about American weightlifter Sarah Robles already, but I think it deserves a whole post. The twenty-three-year-old is the highest ranked weightlifter in the country, beat out every female and male American at the world championships last year, and can lift more than 568 pounds–which is apparently equivalent to one large adult male lion. And yet Robles scraps by on $400 a month from U.S.A. Weightlifting and donations from friends because she doesn’t the kind of body that secures lucrative endorsement deals.

Track star Lolo Jones, 29, soccer player Alex Morgan, 22, and swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 29, are natural television stars with camera-friendly good looks and slim, muscular figures. But women weightlifters aren’t go-tos when ...


I mentioned this story about American weightlifter Sarah Robles already, but I think it deserves a whole post. The twenty-three-year-old is the highest ranked weightlifter in the country, beat out every female and male ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The US women boxers


Andrecia Wasson, right, and Raquel Miller at the US women’s boxing Olympic trials. (Photo credit: Jed Conklin/zReportage.com)

As we’ve mentioned before, a good century after the men did it, female boxers will compete in the Olympics for the first time this summer. That means that for the first time in Olympic history both men and women will be competing in every sport.

Mother Jones has an awesome photo essay of the three American boxers who have a shot at London 2012. Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields now head to competed in the 2012 Women’s World Boxing Championships in China for the final hurdle to qualify for the Olympics. Update: Thanks to commenter Sara ...


Andrecia Wasson, right, and Raquel Miller at the US women’s boxing Olympic trials. (Photo credit: Jed Conklin/zReportage.com)

As we’ve mentioned before, a good century after the men did it, female boxers will compete ...

Saudi Arabia one step closer to letting women compete in London Games

It looks like some Saudi women athletes will be allowed to compete in London this summer. According to the New York Times,

A pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Al-Hayat, reported Tuesday that the Saudi Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has approved the participation of female athletes in London as long as their sports “meet the standards of women’s decency and don’t contradict Islamic laws.”

The International Olympic Committee said in a statement that it met with Saudi Olympic officials last week and that it was “confident that Saudi Arabia is working to include women athletes and officials at the Olympic Games in London.”

This would be the first time ...

It looks like some Saudi women athletes will be allowed to compete in London this summer. According to the New York Times,

A pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Al-Hayat, reported Tuesday that the Saudi Crown ...

NYT profile senationalizes female athletes’ history of sexual assault

Quanitta Underwood is a a badass female boxer. She is a five-time national champion. She is ranked fourth in the world in her lightweight division. She’s being hailed as America’s best hope for an Olympic medal in boxing in London this year. She’s a beautiful black American woman who embodies strength, power, and speed like few ever have.

She’s also a survivor of sexual assault.

I am completely inspired by Quanitta’s intensely dramatic personal story of overcoming obstacles, including being assaulted by her father as a child, to achieve greatness in the ring. I love that her story is being told to the world, and that she is on the brink of making history at the Olympics. ...

Quanitta Underwood is a a badass female boxer. She is a five-time national champion. She is ranked fourth in the world in her lightweight division. She’s being hailed as America’s best hope ...

Badass woman athlete of the day: Christina Saenz de Santamaria

Since many of us spent yesterday celebrating a game that women aren’t really allowed to play, it seems fitting to spend a moments today celebrating a woman athlete.

And this woman is a total badass. She doesn’t throw or catch or tackle, but she does dive 60 metres (that’s about 197 feet) down into the ocean with no breathing assistance. The little-known sport is called free-diving, and recently, off the coast of Hawaii, Christina Saenz de Santamaria set two new Australian free-diving records.

If diving headfirst straight down into the ocean alone and holding your breath for over two minutes sounds dangerous, that’s because it is. But in an interview with Australia’s ABC News, Saenz de Santamaria explained ...

Since many of us spent yesterday celebrating a game that women aren’t really allowed to play, it seems fitting to spend a moments today celebrating a woman athlete.

And this woman is a total badass. She ...

The Women’s World Cup has begun!


(Image credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The 2011 Women’s World Cup kicked off in Germany yesterday. So if you, like me, felt the men’s tournament last summer flew by before you could adequately develop obsessive team loyalties, another summer of soccer is here!

In the opening matches, France beat Nigeria and Germany, the two-time defending champion and tournament favorite, defeated Canada. The U.S. team, though still ranked No. 1 in the world, has suffered a few recent losses going into the tournament. But it remains a strong contender with a shot at winning its first Cup since 1999. Brazil, led by all-star striker Marta, is also looking pretty damn good.

The hype leading up to the tournament has ...


(Image credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The 2011 Women’s World Cup kicked off in Germany yesterday. So if you, like me, felt the men’s tournament last summer flew by before you could adequately develop obsessive team ...

Wimbledon Likes Their Female Tennis Players Hot and Grunt-Free

I’ve got “zero love” for Wimbledon right now.

The official Wimbledon site is giving away free tickets to people for voting on the “best-looking female player”.

Really, Wimbledon, really? You couldn’t think of a better way to honor the top female tennis athletes in the world than to subject them to a glorified “hot or not” contest?

As if that weren’t enough, they’ve made sure to send their best copy-writers to get people excited about what I’m sure must be the showdown of the tournament:

“Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic are neck and neck in this category so far, with each having 27% of the vote. Have your say below, and cast your vote to let us know who ...

I’ve got “zero love” for Wimbledon right now.

The official Wimbledon site is giving away free tickets to people for voting on the “best-looking female player”.

Really, Wimbledon, really? You couldn’t think of a ...

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