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There are so many female athletes who have changed the course of almost every sport that it is difficult to pick just 10. However, there are only a few inspiring women out there who we cannot ignore for their exceptional contribution to the sport and their immense contribution. Impact both on and off the field.
Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in sprinting at a single Olympics. Rudolph contracted polio when he was five years old, but he did not let it stop – he turned his weakness into strength and became the fastest woman in the world at the 1960 Olympics.
He gained international recognition not only for his acting but also for his exceptional courage. She is an iconic figure and a true inspiration to all black and female athletes who strive to make their mark in the sport.
A top star in women’s ice hockey, Hillary Knight is a nine-time World Championship medalist and three-time Olympic medalist. He also led the USA team to a gold medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, the team’s first Olympic victory in 20 years. Since then, she has dedicated herself to creating a sustainable, united and professional women’s hockey league to encourage more women to get involved.
Emma Radukanu A British tennis player who was born in Toronto, Canada but went to school in London. He made his professional debut in 2018 in this male-dominated game. As a 16-year-old amateur player, however, he was selected to play at Wimbledon where he defeated the great Laila Fernandez and began his professional career.
From this great start, his journey has gone from strength to strength. Most recently, he entered the 2022 US Open as a qualifier and made it to the finals of the most awaited tournament.
One of the best athletes of all time, Michelle Ackers is known for her resilience, faith, leadership and perseverance. She was an athlete before her time who dominated American women’s football with her strength and perfect skills. She was a top scorer in the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup, scoring 10 goals in just six matches.
Ronda Rousey is a professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. She is the only woman to have won both the WWE and UFC Championships and the title of a pay-per-view event. Rousey is also a proud author of autobiographies, and has starred in several popular films, including “Mile 22” and “Furious 7”.
The great golfer Nancy Lopez dropped out of college in her second year to pursue her passion for golf and turned it into a successful career. He won nine tournaments in his first season as an amateur player and was selected LPGA Rookie of the Year and Pair of the Year. He also won the Vare Trophy which is given to skilled and experienced players with the lowest scoring average for the season. She is the only female golfer to have won three prestigious awards in the same season.
Lindsay Vaughan is one of only two female skiers in the world to have won four World Cups overall. He won three titles in a row from 2008 to 2010 and then another in 2012. In 2010, she participated in the Winter Olympics and was crowned the first American woman to win a gold medal in the downhill skiing category. Lindsay is one of the greatest skiers of all time and in addition to numerous wins and gold medals she is a final champion and open advocate of “Girl Power”!
Everyone knows Serena Williams is a symbol of resilience and strength. She is regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time and her unparalleled victory has made her an inspirational sports icon. In 2019, she became the only woman to be ranked on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid athletes. Serena has won multiple awards – she has more “Grand Slam” titles in singles, doubles and mixed doubles than any other active player.
Maya Moore has won the WNBA title four times and the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. The highlight of his career is the unbeaten streak of 90 games with the Huskies in a prestigious NCAA record across all men’s and women’s teams. He has also won numerous notable titles in the Euro League, Chinese League and Spanish League.
Four-time world all-round champion, Simon Byles is an American gymnast who has won numerous Olympic all-round, vault and floor gold medals at the Olympics. He is one of the best equipped gymnasts to set a U.S. record for winning the most gold medals in gymnastics at a single Olympics.
Unwrapping the wrapper
Our favorite female athletes are physically strong, mentally strong and really inspiring. These women fight hard and break all barriers for equality and by breaking the glass roof they have become cultural game changers.
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