Sports

Racewalking, but Not to London

Elite racewalker Erin Taylor-Talcott recently achieved a qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic trials in the 50-kilometer distance. Great, right? One catch: the 50-k race is not on the Olympic program for women – she qualified for the men’s trials.

On Wednesday, Taylor-Talcott gained provisional entry into the men’s trials and perhaps became the first woman to do so. Taylor-Talcott can compete in the 50K Olympic trials as a so-called guest upon agreeing not to try to participate in the men’s event at the London Games, the national governing body said.

In conversations over the past week, Taylor-Talcott had expressed frustration over her inability to get direct answers from track and field officials about the status of her eligibility for the Olympic trials.

“They’re afraid I’ll beat a bunch of guys, and that’ll be embarrassing,” she said Tuesday. “My response to the guys is, ‘Go faster.’ They should be saying, ‘We have a girl that’s pretty good at 50K; let’s be proud.’”

Read the full story here.

Our Mission

The Women’s Sports Foundation is a non-profit that advances the lives of women through sports and physical activity.

About the Foundation

RELATED POSTS

CEO Kathryn Olson: 2012 is the 'Year of the Woman'

2012: The Year of the Woman. Just one month after we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation’s enduring influence was felt with a fury at the London Olympic Games, where American female athletes dominated everything from archery to water polo.

Watch: Jennie Finch pleads the IOC to Back Softball

WSF Athlete Advisory Panel member Jennie Finch delivered an impassioned speech at the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Women and Sports Conference in Los Angeles this weekend. Watch as Jennie shares her story and encourages everyone to “Back Softball."

From Vancouver to London to Sochi: How Do Women’s Participation Numbers Stack Up?

The 2012 London Olympic Games were widely celebrated as the “Games of the Woman.” But the Winter Olympics Games have not always been as equitable as its warm weather counterpart. Our 2010 report, “Women in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games: An Analysis of Participation, Leadership, and Media Opportunities,” examined this very idea from the drivers’ seat of the Vancouver Olympics. How do the numbers for the Sochi Games stack up? Are we making more strides toward total equality at the Winter Olympics?