5 Claws-Out Athlete Cat Fights

Catfight alert! U.S. skier Julia Mancuso (right) has had it with teammate Lindsey Vonn (left), and is letting the press know all about it. “People are having a hard time reaching their potential because it’s such a struggle for attention,” said Mancuso. “You come to meetings after races and it’s like it’s a bad day if Lindsey didn’t do well.” Her anger might not just be stemming from Vonn’s sometimes distracting photo shoots—Vonn also (maybe) blew Mancuso’s chances of coming in first place in the slalom. When Vonn crashed ahead of Mancuso on the course, officials had to have Mancuso start her run over because of “deteriorating conditions.”

Vonn was not pleased with Mancuso’s words. “It definitely has hurt me that she said some negative things,” Vonn told the Seattle Times. “All I can do is continue to support her like I always have been and hope that she reciprocates that.” [Newser]

I never understood why guys get off on girl fights, but there seems to be a lot of pent-up aggression with female athletes in particular. Check out these exxxtreme clashes, after the jump.

  • Remember New Mexico University soccer player Elizabeth Lambert’s unsportswoman-like behavior last year when she elbowed, tripped, kicked, and pulled a girl to the ground by her hair? Sounds like she got her sports cues from Tonya Harding. Yeah, not to reward her for bad behavior, but she might be the scariest girl fighter ever.
  • Serena Williams managed to fight her way out of the U.S. Open in 2009 when a tiny lineswoman called a foot fault. Serena reportedly yelled at the woman, “If I could, I would take this f**king ball and shove it down your f**king throat.” She was docked a point on match point, giving away her potential win to Belgian player Kim Clijsters. When asked later if she wanted to apologize, Serena said, “An apology for? From me? How many people yell at linespeople? Players, athletes get frustrated. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that happen … I used to have a real temper, and I’ve gotten a lot better.” [Daily Mail]
  • At the World Championship water polo tournament in Rome, an American player named Elsie Windes got kicked out of the game after punching Canada’s team captain Krystina Alogbo in the face. This was right after Windes had scored a goal. The punch was called “violence” instead of “brutality,” which means Windes couldn’t play, but her team was only penalized 20 seconds and still won the game. It takes some skill to score a goal and punch a girl all while balancing yourself in water. [AFP]
  • The WNBA suspended 10 players and Detroit’s assistant coach after they got into a fist-throwing pile-up. WNBA president Donna Orender said, “None of us can recall an incident like this.” The harshest penalty of four games suspension was given to the Shock’s forward, Plenette Pierson, who “initiated and escalated” the fight. That sounds more exciting than most basketball games. Maybe I would start watching sports if they all turned into reality TV? [NBC Sports]