Category: women in sports

Helen Glover (b. 1986) is a British rower, par…

Helen
Glover
(b. 1986) is
a British rower, part of the national team. She is considered the best female
rower in the world, having held that position since 2015.

She is a
triple World champion, triple European champion and quintuple World Cup
champion. In her first Olympic Games in 2012, she won the gold medal and set
the Olympic record in women’s coxless pairs, alongside her partner Heather
Stanning.

Dafne Schippers (b. 1992) is a track and field…

Dafne Schippers (b. 1992) is a track and field athlete from The Netherlands. She is the
third-fastest woman of all time in the 200m event, for which she also holds the
European record.

She has won 17 medals in international competitions,
including 7 gold. Throughout her career, she has set numerous national records,
many of which still stand.

Deborah Compagnoni (b. 1970) is a retired alpi…

Deborah
Compagnoni
(b. 1970) is a retired alpine skier from
Italy. She was won a total of six gold medals in international competitions, of
which three in the Winter Olympics.

She participated in three different Olympic
Games, winning gold in all of them. In addition, she won a total of 16 races in
the Alpine Skiing World Cup, and is considered the best Italian skier of all
time.

Lucy Shuker (b. 1980) is a wheelchair tennis p…

Lucy Shuker
(b. 1980) is a wheelchair tennis player, currently the highest ranked
female athlete in this sport in Britain. She was one of the first British
players to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport, alongside her doubles
partner Jordanne Whiley.

She played badminton professionally until she had an accident that left
her paralysed at the age of 21. In 2013 she became the first Wheelchair Tennis
Player from the UK to compete in all the four major Grand Slams of the year,
also reaching her peak position of World No. 5.

Irena Szewińska (1946-2018) was a Polish sprin…

Irena
Szewińska
(1946-2018) was a Polish sprinter and one of the best athletes in the
world for almost two decades. She is the only athlete in history who held the
world record in the 100 m, 200 m and 400 m events.

She participated in five Olympic Games throughout her career, winning
seven medals (three gold) and breaking six world records. She won numerous
other medals in European Championships and was named United Press International
Athlete of the Year in 1974.

Barbara Ann Scott (1928-2012) was a Canadian f…

Barbara Ann
Scott
(1928-2012) was a Canadian figure skater, known for her many feats in
international events. She was a Canadian national champion four times, World champion
twice, and the Olympic champion in 1948.

She started ice skating at the age of seven
and won her first national junior title at eleven. She is the first and the
only Canadian to win the gold medal for ladies’ single figure skating.

Yelena Shushunova (1969-2018) was a prolific R…

Yelena
Shushunova
(1969-2018) was a prolific Russian gymnast, active in the 1980s. Her medal
record included 17 gold medals in international events.

She began competing at the age of 12 and was already winning national competitions
the following year. She is one of five female gymnasts who have won all-around
titles in all major competitions, and one of ten who have won a medal in every
event at the World Championships.

Tatyana McFadden (b. 1989) is a Russian-born A…

Tatyana
McFadden
(b. 1989) is a Russian-born American Paralympian.
She has won 17 Paralympic Medals, seven of which are gold, as well as numerous
others in international competitions.

She was born with spina bifida and
paralysed from the waist down. She was won several wheelchair marathons,
including London, Boston and Chicago, as well as New York, the latter six times.
In 2015, she broke the women’s NYC marathon record by more than seven minutes.

Senda Berenson Abbott (1868-1954) is an import…

Senda Berenson Abbott (1868-1954) is an
important figure in women’s basketball for being the author of the first Basketball
Guide for Women, published in 1901. She adapted and modified the rules of the
sport in order to enable more female players to participate.

She was born in the Russian Empire and emigrated
to the US with her family at the age of seven. She joined the Boston Normal School
of Gymnastics, and later became a sports ambassador for various schools.
She was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1955, the first woman so honoured.

Margaret Osborne duPont (1918-2012) was a tenn…

Margaret Osborne duPont (1918-2012) was a tennis
player ranked as World No. 1 in 1947. She won 37 Grand Slam titles throughout
her career, out of which a record-setting 25 were US Championships.

Her titles included six singles, 21 doubles and
10 mixed doubles. She was runner-up in 14 additional competitions. Her number of
wins places her fourth on the all-time list.