Category: women in sports

Angelica Rozeanu (1921-2006) was a
Romanian table tennis player. She is considered the best female player in the
history of the sport.

She first won a national competition at the age of 12, and was national
champion 21 years in a row. She also won a total of 17 world titles, six of
which were consecutive.

Annika
Sörenstam
(b. 1970) is a
former professional golfer from Sweden. She is known as one of the best female
players of all times, having won 72 official LGPA tournaments.

Her
professional career started in 1992, and since then she has set multiple all-time
scoring records and has won Player of the Year Award eight times. She has
founded an Academy in Florida which hosts clinics for junior golfers and events
that unite the top girl players from around the world.

Margaret
Varner Bloss
(b. 1927)
is a former athlete, excelling in badminton, tennis and squash. She is the only
person to ever represent the US at international level in all three sports.

She won several
titles in all three sports, including the US Singles in Badminton in 1955 and four
consecutive national squash titles. She was inducted into several US halls of
fame for her proficiency in sport.

Wyomia Tyus (b. 1945) is a retired African American
athlete. She has won several gold medals in international championships, and is
the first person to ever retain the Olympic title in the 100 m discipline.

She first participated in the 1964 Olympics, at the age of
19, where she equalled the world record and won the 100 m event. She achieved
this again in 1968, also setting a new world record and winning gold in relay.
In the year 1974, she won every single one of the twenty-two races that she
entered.

Janet Evans
(b. 1971) is a
competition swimmer who won numerous championships and gold medals in
international events. She also held seven world records at the end of her
career,

She has won four
gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, as well as five in World
Championships and twelve in Pan Pacific Championships. In 1989 she received the
James E. Sullivan Award for being the top amateur athlete in the US, and held
the title of Female World Swimmer of the Year three times.

Diana Nyad (b.
1949) is a long-distance swimmer, author and journalist. Among her feats are
swimming around Manhattan in 1975, and being the first person to swim from Cuba
to Florida without a shark cage. She was 64 when she achieved this in 2013.

In 1970, during her first ever race, she
set a world record in women’s marathon swimming. She then broke many others,
such as the record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit in 1979. In 2013,
she swam continuously for 48 hours, a charitable effort which raised more than $105,000
for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Ellen Roosevelt (1868-1954) was a professional tennis player. She won three Grand
Slam titles in her career, in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Her first win was at the 1890 US
Championships, where she defeated the previous champion. The same year, she won
the doubles title along with her sister Grace – the first pair of sisters to
win the US Championships, and the only one until the Williams sisters achieved
the same in 1999.

Mary Joe Fernández (b. 1971) is a professional tennis player. She won two Grand Slam
titles and two Olympic gold medals in doubles, and has been the runner-up in
three Grand Slam tournaments in singles.

She turned professional in 1986 and won her
first title in 1989. She peaked at World No. 4 in both singles and doubles, in
1990 and 1991 respectively. After retirement, she was the coach for the 2012
Olympic tennis team.

Gertrude Kleinova (1918-1976) was a Czechoslovak table tennis player and three-times
world champion in the sport. She was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration
camp.

She participated in the 1935 and 1936 World
Championships, where she won three gold medals. Being of Jewish heritage, she
was deported to the concentration camp in 1941 – she survived, but her husband
was killed. She was posthumously inducted into the International Jewish Sports
Hall of Fame in 1994.

Viktorija
Čmilytė
(b. 1983) is a
Lithuanian chess player. She was awarded the FIDE title of Grandmaster in 2010.

She started playing
at the age of six, and won her first title, the European Youth Chess
Championships, at ten. She is a European champion and twice-national champion.