Sports are the ultimate team endeavor. Whether it’s in the schoolyard or the professional arena, sports demand that everyone work together, so it’s important that every player on the pitch understands how to play the game. But it’s also essential that they learn how to putt correctly. If a player does not learn to play the game by the rules, it can become a tough battle with the opposing team. So, it’s important that all players learn to putt correctly, regardless of their playing ability.
Ever since the Olympics began in 1932, women have been participating in the world’s most popular and competitive sporting events. One of the most memorable in the long jump, a skill that is usually mastered by elite athletes in their early teens. But despite being an event dominated by females, there are still relatively few female jumpers on the international scene.
- Anastasia Yankova
Anastasia Yankova is a 22-year-old Russian track athlete hoping to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She won the bronze medal in the 4×400 m relay at the 2015 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Yankova trains with the Russian military team and must pass all kinds of tests and physical challenges to compete.
- Maria Sharapova
In 2005, Maria Sharapova became a world-class tennis star. She’s been ranked the number 1 ranked player in the world, the highest-ranking of a tennis player since Serena Williams, who was ranked number 1 the year she won the first of her three Grand Slam titles. In 2007, she became the youngest female tennis player to capture the number 1 ranking since Virginia Wade in 1972.
- Jennie Finch
Jennie Finch is the first woman to reach 1,000 career wins in baseball, the all-time leader in both career pitching wins and the all-time leader in both career saves. She has the lowest ERA of any modern pitcher with at least 200 career innings pitched. In addition to her spectacular pitching, Finch was a four-time All-Star, three-time Olympian, and a World Series champion.
- Candace Parker
Time for a new addition to the league. A perennial All-Defensive Team member, last season Candace Parker was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks after three successful seasons to the New York Liberty. She was with the Liberty in the two seasons, and Parker was the only player in the league with 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds. After being traded to the Sparks, Parker has continued her strong play, averaging 20.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game so far this season. She is also an All-Star for the first time in her career.
- Anastasia Ashley
Anastasia Ashley is a 24-year-old American figure skater who is currently ranked 20th in the world after her world ranking fell from 8th in 2013 to 12th in 2014. She is one of the youngest skaters in the top 20 and beat out some of the best skaters in the world for the top spot. Online, she has 3.6 million followers on her Twitter account and 1.2 million on Instagram, and she has over 320,000 followers on her YouTube channel. Her brother is Otabek Anastasia and is an aspiring figure skater ranked 56th in the world. Anastasia is currently coached by Igor Shpilband, a Russian figure skater.
- Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is one of the fastest women to ever compete in the 100 m and 200 m. At the 2008 Olympics, she ran the 100 m in a time of 10.76s. She is the first woman to break the ten-second barrier. She is also the first woman to break the twenty-second barrier. In the 100 m, she recorded a time of 11.09. She is a two-time Olympian and a repeat champion at the World Championships.
- Dalilah Muhammad
Dalilah Muhammad, a track and field sprinter from the USA, specializes in the 100-meter dash. Winning the gold medal in the World Youth Championships in the 100-meter dash in 2012, she broke the fastest time ever recorded for a female sprinter at the time in the process. That same year, she won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in the 100-meter dash. In 2013, she also won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the World Championships.
As the world of sports continues to grow in popularity, female athletes are expected to keep pace. From soccer to gymnastics to running, women are not only taking part in sports but winning. But what are the driving forces behind this trend? What personalities drive these women to push themselves to new heights? And just how will the world of sports change in the coming years