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President Obama and Gymnast McKayla Maroney are Not Impressed

The 2012 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team stopped by the White House Thursday to visit with President Barack Obama. McKayla Maroney, a vault specialist,  took home the silver medal in the individual vault competition at the London Games, and followed up with a facial expression that went viral. Maroney hinted on Twitter Thursday that she may …

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It’s a Go: Diana Nyad’s Fourth Attempt at Cuba-Florida Swim

Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad called upon her farflung crew to get themselves to Key West this weekend for her fourth attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Taking advantage of weather signs and conditions, Nyad (less than a week shy of her 63rd birthday)  leaped into the waters off Havana on Saturday, August 18th, …

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Teen Boxer Claressa Shields in the Olympic Record Books

Women’s boxing is new to the Summer Olympics in 2012 and 17-year-old U.S. boxer Claressa Shields carved her name in the record books as the first middleweight gold medalist by winning a 19-12 decision over Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova Thursday (Aug. 9). The victory made Shields the only American boxer at the London Games— and the …

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In Honor of Those Who Pushed for the Right of Girls to Play

As many of you may know, the anniversary of Title IX is TODAY. While this piece of legislation sought to grant equal opportunities for both boys and girls in all federal funded programs, it made the most impact in the world of sports. Before 1972 it was rare that girls had opportunities to play organized …

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‘You Let a GIRL Beat You’ Penned by Top Female Sports Pioneer

Sure, most Southern Californian’s remember the blond, blue-eyed pitcher who formed his own mini-union with southpaw -superstar, Sandy Koufax, during the Dodger’s glory days; but how many people remember his wife, Ann Meyers?  And yet it was she, not Don Drysdale, who racked up more honors, firsts, accolades and awards than any other athlete on …

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Women Who Ran for President

Monday, February 20, 2012 is the third Monday of February, and it is the day the United States officially observes George Washington’s Birthday. Unofficially, the holiday is expanded to include all US presidents, especially Washington and Abraham Lincoln. You may remember Hilary Rodham Clinton’s run for the Democratic nomination in 2008 or Sarah Palin’s stint …

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IOC celebrates six winners at 2012 Women and Sport Awards #womenandsport

  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday honoured five women and one organisation for their outstanding contributions to the development of women’s participation in sport and sports administration during a ceremony for the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards in Los Angeles. Presented on the opening night of the 5th World Conference on Women …

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Human Rights Group Calls on IOC/Saudi Arabia to End Ban on Women’s Sports

As the world prepares for the 2012 Olympics in London this summer and the 5th IOC World Conference on Women in Sport gets underway in Los Angeles, the Saudi government continues to discriminate against women. The country has never sent a female athlete to the Olympics and has never been penalized by the international Olympic …

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Happy National Girls & Women in Sports Day #NGWSD

It is the first Wednesday in February which means it’s the day of the year to honor the athletic successes of women and girls in your community. The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) is celebrating the 26th National Girls and Women in Sports Day February 1, 2012. This year’s theme: “Title …

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