Sports newbies, get educated today! Learn what these women have done and still do to impress guys with their sports knowledge. Hint: Faking it is kind of lame and probably won’t work. Keep reading »
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- In a historic move, Natalie Randolph, 29, a teacher at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., was introduced as the school’s head football coach this morning. As a former women’s professional football player, Randolph was a wide receiver for the D.C. Divas team. In 1985 a woman was named head football coach for a different D.C. high school, but was removed from the position one day later. [CNN]
- Four women, including superstar Danica Patrick, will be racing this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be the first time ever that four women have started an IndyCar Series race. [USA Today]
- A study of over 46,000 has found that women who took birth control pills beginning in the late 1960s lived longer than women who never went on the pill; the pill also, apparently, cut the risk of death from bowel cancer by almost 40 percent. [AP]
If you have been scratching your head trying to figure out the finer points of curling, perhaps you’d be more interested in watching Olympic pole dancers compete for the gold? This is not a joke … competitive pole dancers are lobbying for a spot in the 2012 Olympics. Due to rapid national and international growth, these moves once relegated to seedy strip joints are now being recognized as an up-and-coming athletic event. Shut up! I wonder what the costumes would look like? No doubt they would take their cues from the figure skaters. I’m not so certain that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is quite ready to say yes to lucite platform shoes and tassels quite yet, but hey, if they did, it would certainly be interesting. After the jump, some more sports that think they deserve a spot in the Olympics. Keep reading »
Tonight, when you turn on the Olympics and watch the ice dancing competition, you’ll see couples look lustily at one another as they dance the tango. Some of these pairs, however, are siblings. Of the 23 ice-dancing teams competing in the Olympics, four are brother-sister duos. Ick.
When I think back to the good ol’ kid years, one of my strongest memories is swim team—the grueling practices, the butterflies in my stomach waiting on the starting block to dive in for a race, even the joy of a Cheerwine (yeah, it’s a Southern thing) after a big win. Many of my friends echo this and very strongly remember their time on the volleyball team or as a star on their high school women’s basketball team. Title IX, which requires schools that get public funding to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, has been in effect for nearly 40 years, and it’s led to an explosion in the number of girls participating in sports. Researchers are now starting to look at what kind of effect that’s had. In addition to having lower rates of teen pregnancy, girls involved in sports also get better grades and report higher levels of self-esteem. And a new study by Dr. Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania looked at statistics state-by-state and found that in places where more girls participated in sports, there was a 20 percent increase in women’s education level and a 40 percent boost in employment for women ages 25 to 34. Another study by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago correlated lots of girls participating in sports with a seven percent decrease in risk of obesity once the girls reach their 40s. Today, one in three girls plays a sport compared to one in two boys. What will happen when those numbers are equal?
Poor Lindsey Vonn. She was on the top of everyone’s list of Winter Olympians to watch, and even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, butt high in the air, next to the words, “America’s Best Woman Skiier Ever.” But, sadly, she’s injured her shin, suffering a deep bruise during practice a week ago that has made putting her ski boot on an “excruciating” endeavor. News of her injury has sent sports stations into a frenzy of calculations on how it will affect her. Vonn remains hopeful that she will be healthy enough for a medal-winning performance, especially since she was slowed down by an injury at the 2006 Olympics that her cost her a top-three finish. [USA]
Interestingly, a study was recently released showing that women in sports suffer more, and from more severe injuries, at least in part because most training regimes are designed for men, who tend to have more resilient ligaments and stronger muscles. This sure seems to be the case. Lindsey is not nearly the only woman whose recent injuries might cost her her Olympic dreams. Here are some other sad stories. Keep reading »
If you’re training for a marathon with the intention of losing weight, you may find yourself engaged in a complicated battle. According to The New York Times, having a lower weight can have a serious negative impact on your athletic training. Meaning, if you’re shedding pounds, and using that as a motivator to increase your athletic performance, you may take the edge off your strength.
Poor Nancy Kerrigan. She became fodder for made-for-TV movies back in 1994, when six weeks before the winter Olympics, the ex-husband of her figure-skating rival, Tonya Harding, clubbed her right knee with a police baton. Now, just two weeks from the 2010 Olympics, Kerrigan is back in the spotlight for another series of very unfortunate incidents. Sunday night, Nancy’s brother Mark, 45, got into a scuffle with Nancy’s father, Daniel Kerrigan, 70, over making a telephone call. The two fought, knocking pictures off the wall. At one point, Mark put his hands around Daniel’s throat, and Daniel fell to the floor. An ambulance rushed Daniel to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Mark resisted arrest and police officers had to use pepper spray to subdue him.
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As we settle into the sad realization that were only midway through winter, a few lucky ladies are getting in their last month of practice before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The games kick off in Vancouver on Feb. 12, but this group of girls have been growing up and getting ready since they first set foot into a snowboard, skis, a sled, or skates. With a talented mix of both seasoned and fresh competitors, one thing is certain—they are all hungry for the gold. Here is your guide to America’s leading ladies in all things sport and snow.