International Women's Sports Hall of Fame

2001 IWSHOF inductee Janet Evans gives the thumbs-up after winning gold in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. 2001 IWSHOF inductee Janet Evans gives the thumbs-up after winning gold in the 400-meter freestyle at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.

The International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame recognizes the athletic achievements of those who have competed at least 25 years prior to the present year in the Pioneer category. Athletes whose accomplishments came within the past 25 years are inducted into the Contemporary category. In 1990, the Coach category was added and honors both active and retired coaches. To be eligible for nomination, an athlete must be retired from her sport for at least five years. In the coach category, she must have coached in the United States and have at least 10 years coaching experience. Selections are made worldwide and are based on achievements, breakthroughs, innovative style and ongoing commitment to the development of women’s sports.  

Past Winners

Hisako “Chako” Higuchi-Golf 2008
Hassiba Boulmerka-Track & Field 2008
Sue Enquist-Softball (Coach Category) 2008
Shannon Miller-Gymnastics 2008
Diana Nyad-Swimming 2006
C. Vivian Stringer-Basketball (Coach Category) 2006
Shane Gould-Swimming 2006
Nawal El Moutawakel-Track & Field 2006
Katarina Witt-Figure Skating 2005
Lusia Harris Stewart-Basketball 2005
Marjorie Wright-Softball (Coach Category) 2005
Beverely Kearney-Track & Field (Coach Category) 2004
Maria Esther Bueno-Tennis 2004
Nancy Hogshead Makar-Swimming 2004
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Track & Field 2003
Heather McKay - Squash/Racquetball 2003
Min Gao - Diving 2003
Linda Vollstedt - Golf (Coach Category) 2003
Jayne Torvill - Ice Dancing 2002
Betty Cuthbert - Track & Field 2002
Valerie Brisco - Track & Field 2002
Nikki Tomlinson Franke - Fencing (Coach Category) 2002
Bonnie Blair - Speed Skating 2001
Agnes Keleti-Biro - Gymnastics 2001
Mabel Fairbanks* - Figure Skating (Coach Category) 2001
Janet Evans - Swimming 2001
Marjorie Jackson-Nelson - Athletics 2000
Chris Carver - Synchronized Swimming (Coach Category) 2000
Tracie Ruiz-Conforto - Synchronized Swimming 2000
Shirley Babashoff - Swimming 2000
Joan Benoit Samuelson - Marathon Running 1999
Betty Jameson - Golf 1999
Tina Sloan Green - Lacrosse (Coach Category) 1999
Sandra Haynie - Golf 1999
Florence Griffith Joyner* - Track & Field 1998
Dorothy Hamill - Figure Skating 1998
Margaret Osborne DuPont - Tennis 1998
Tara VanDerveer - Basketball (Coach Category) 1998
Shirley Strickland de la Hunty* - Track & Field 1998
Diana Golden Brosnihan* - Skiing 1997
Barbara Ann Scott-King - Figure Skating 1997
Gail Emery - Synchronized Swimming (Coach Category) 1997
Evelyn Ashford - Track & Field 1997
Florence Chadwick* - Swimming 1996
Dianne Holum - Speedskating (Coach Category) 1996
Mae Faggs Starr* - Track & Field 1996
Lydia Skoblikova - Speedskating 1996
Betty Hicks - Golf 1995
Barbara Jacket - Track & Field (Coach Category) 1995
Annichen Kringstad - Orienteering 1995
Judy Devlin Hashman - Badminton 1995
Jody Conradt - Basketball (Coach Category) 1995
Grete Waitz* - Marathon Running 1995
Chi Cheng - Track & Field 1994
Liz Hartel - Equestrian 1994
Rusty Kanokogi* - Judo (Coach Category) 1994
Mary Lou Retton - Gymnastics 1993
Kornelia Ender - Swimming 1993
Kit Klein Outland* - Speedskating 1993
Toni Stone* - Baseball 1993
Sharron Backus - Softball (Coach Category) 1993
Mary T. Meagher - Swimming 1993
Carol Heiss Jenkins - Figure Skating 1992
Bessie Coleman* - Aviator 1992
Irena Kirszenstein Szewinska - Track & Field 1992
Margaret Wade* - Basketball (Coach Category) 1992
Ludmila Belousova-Protopopova - Figure Skating 1992
Constance Applebee* - Field Hockey (Coach Category) 1991
Cheryl Miller - Basketball 1991
Alice Coachman Davis - Athletics 1991
Vera Caslavska - Gymnastics 1991
Muriel Grossfield - Gymnastics (Coach Category) 1991
Crystal Cranz - Alpine Skiing 1991
Nadia Comaneci - Gymnastics 1990
Connie Carpenter Phinney - Cycling 1990
Nell Jackson* - Track & Field (Coach Category) 1990
Willa McGuire Cook - Water Skiing 1990
Pat Head Summit - Basketball (Coach Category) 1990
Ilona Shacherer-Elek* - Fencing 1989
Evonne Goolagong-Cawley - Tennis 1989
Theresa Weld Blanchard* - Figure Skating 1989
Joan Joyce - Softball 1989
Irina Rodnina - Figure Skating 1988
Aileen Riggin Soule* - Diving 1988
Willye White* - Track & Field 1988
Margaret Murdock - Shooting 1988
Louise Suggs - Golf 1987
JoAnne Carner - Golf 1987
Debbie Meyer-Reyes - Swimming 1987
Ludmilla Tourishceva - Gymnastics 1987
Maureen Connolly* - Tennis 1987
Marie Marvingt* - Aviator, Mountaineering 1987
Madeline Manning Mims - Track & Field 1987
Flo Hyman* - Volleyball 1986
Charlotte Dod* - Tennis, Archery, Golf 1986
Betsy Rawls - Golf 1986
Tracy Caulkins - Swimming 1986
Margaret Court - Tennis 1986
Hazel Wightman* - Tennis 1986
Ann Meyers - Basketball 1985
Ann Curtis Cuneo - Swimming 1985
Larissa Latynina - Gymnastics 1985
Dawn Fraser - Swimming 1985
Marion Ladewig - Bowling 1984
Kathy Whitworth - Golf 1984
Eleanora Sears* - Polo, Golf, Squash 1984
Suzanne Lenglen* - Tennis 1984
Pat McCormick - Diving 1984
Martina Navratilova - Tennis 1984
Col. Micki King - Diving 1983
Andrea Mead Lawrence* - Skiing 1983
Donna de Varona - Swimming 1983
Tenley Albright - Figure Skating 1983
Helen Stephens* - Track & Field 1983
Carol Mann - Golf 1982
Annemarie Moser-Proell - Skiing 1982
Fanny Blankers-Koen* - Track & Field 1982
Sonja Henie* - Figure Skating 1982
Olga Korbut - Gymnastics 1982
Mickey Wright - Golf 1981
Glenna Collett Vare* - Golf 1981
Chris Evert - Tennis 1981
Wyomia Tyus - Track & Field 1981
Sheila Young Ochowicz - Speedskating 1981
Peggy Fleming Jenkins - Figure Skating 1981
Billie Jean King - Tennis 1980
Eleanor Holm* - Swimming 1980
Althea Gibson* - Tennis 1980
Amelia Earhart* - Aviator 1980
Gertrude Ederle* - Swimming 1980
Patty Berg* - Golf 1980
Wilma Rudolph* - Track & Field 1980
Janet Guthrie - Auto Racing 1980
Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias* - Golf, Track 1980

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By Women's Sports Foundation

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