At age 24, Lee Stecklein has accomplished more than many people do in a lifetime. Playing defense for the U.S. national women’s ice hockey team, she won a gold medal in her second Winter Olympics last year in PyeongChang, South Korea. It was the first U.S. gold since the inaugural 1998 Olympic women’s hockey tournament.…
One year ago, the world’s top winter athletes gathered in South Korea for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Now, the Women’s Sports Foundation has published in-depth research on female representation in the Games in its report “Women in the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games: An Analysis of Participation, Leadership and Media Coverage.”…
Few people have overcome adversity in the way Paralympian Scout Bassett has. Born in Nanjing, China and losing her leg in a fire left Bassett on the street at just one and half years of age. She was found and taken to a nearby orphanage where she lived for the next seven years. Suffering from…
With the help of Travel & Training Fund partners Gatorade, we are so proud to have fueled the Olympic dreams of some incredible athletes and past recipients whose performances last week in Sochi were so inspiring. Keep reading to find out how #TeamWSFinSochi competed in the final week of the Winter Olympic Games and learn more about the Fund that has awarded almost two million dollars to aspiring champions since 1984.
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?
In 1968, the 22-year-old daughter of a General Mills line worker from Pontiac, Michigan, traveled to Mexico City to represent the United States in the Nineteenth Olympic Games. Her name was Micki King and although she had never represented her high school or university in her sport – diving – she was the overwhelming gold-medal favorite. An injury during the final competition kept her off the medal podium in ’68, but she was vindicated four years later in Munich, when she became Olympic champion in the three-meter springboard. Since her moment atop the medal podium in West Germany, Micki has remained a leader in women’s sports and a loyal friend to the Women’s Sports Foundation, most recently providing guidance on our newest research, Women in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the days ahead of our release of the eye-opening deep look at female athletes’ participation in London, we sat down with Micki to learn about her Olympic experience, how her sport stacks up in gender equity and why female leaders in the Olympic movement are critical to the success of every athlete.
When gymnast Gabby Douglas flipped her way to the top of the medal podium in London this summer, she instantly had the world at her fingertips. In one night, the 16-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., native became a bonafide superstar, with endorsement deals and sponsorship offers flying in faster than her uneven bars dismount. But what many people did not know is that Gabby’s history-making Olympic gold nearly didn’t happen. In January, facing exorbitant expenses, Natalie Hawkins, Gabby’s mom, applied for our Travel & Training Fund grant on behalf of Gabby. Before we selected the class of 2012 Travel & Training Fund grantees, Gabby competed and won big in London. She has since decided to give the funds back to the WSF so that another athlete has the chance to pursue her dreams. We sat down with Natalie to talk about her family’s journey and their life-changing experience in London.
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.
The London Olympic Games kick off TODAY! For two weeks, the entire planet will be captivated by these incredible athletes and their seemingly otherworldly feats. With the Games just hours away, we have been thinking a lot about the greatest Olympic moments of all time. This week, we counted down our top 20. The final four are next!
The London Olympic Games kick off tomorrow! For two weeks, the entire planet will be captivated by these incredible athletes and their seemingly otherworldly feats. With the Games just days away, we have been thinking a lot about the greatest Olympic moments of all time. This week, we will be counting down our top 20. Moments 8 – 5 are up next.