Olympic Girls: Simone Manuel

While another Simone (Biles) was making history on the gymnastics floor, Simone Manuel was making history in the swimming pool. Simone had a sixteen year journey to get to Rio having started swimming aged just 4 years old. She swam at her local swimming club in Sugar...

Olympic Girls: Katie Ledecky

Most 19 year olds have spent their summer being 19 year olds, while Katie Ledecky has spent hers making herself an international superstar. Katie comes from a family of swimmers and so was encouraged to start swimming at a young age; she went on to compete for her...

Olympic Girls: Jenny Thompson

The beauty of the Olympic Games is that it is an amateur event. Sure, many of the top athletes have million dollar endorsement deals with athletic companies and some participate in professional competitions throughout the year (tennis and basketball being two prime...

A brief history of beachwear

As Michalina wrote in an earlier post, it’s the time of year where we can’t move for bikini articles, and her blog about the famous Bikini Girls Mosaic last week got me thinking. While the ladies in Sicily’s Roman mosaic are more ready for a workout than to...

Appearance before ability?

Type “women in sport” into Google and third in the list of related searches is for “hottest women in sport.” Too often, women in sport are judged not by their abilities and achievements, but by their appearance. BBC commentator John Inverdale was heavily...

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