It is always a good moment to honor some women athletes who have inspired us in different sports disciplines.
It is not easy to select a few of them since the list of successful women in sports is extensive. However, we have made a selection based on the stories that have inspired us the most!
We all know that millions of women practice sports every day for diverse reasons, such as health, personal growth, feeling and looking better, or even lowering their stress levels. It is worth mentioning that all motivations for engaging in physical activity are valid. The Woman Post will briefly mention the stories of some women that stand as symbols of women’s achievements in various sports:
1. Simone Biles
Most of us have heard about this young athlete, who was only 19 years old in the past Rio Olympic Games. She won 4 gold and one bronze medal in artistic gymnastics. If this weren’t impressive enough, various news channels confirmed that she had Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD after the games.
2. Venus and Serena Williams
It is impossible to think of tennis without mentioning these two American women who have won 8 Olympic medals. They have also won 14 Slam doubles titles in important competitions such as Roland Garros 1999 and 2010), Wimbledon (2000, 2008, 2009, 2012 y 2016), and Australia Open (2001, 2003, 2009 y 2010).
3. Marta Vieira da Silva
She is one of the most recognized female football players around the globe. Vieira, born in Brazil, has won 5 consecutive times the FIFA World Player Award (2006-2010), which honors the world’s best women and men players every year. She has also been in second place for this award in two different years. She also was a member of the Brazilian Football Selection when they won 2 silver Olympic medals (2004 and 2008).
4. Nadia Comăneci
Born in 1961 in Romania, Nadia Comăneci was the first gymnast to obtain a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic event. Her coach Béla Károlyi discovered her when she was only six years old. During Comăneci’s first international competition, in 1972, she won three gold medals. Later in 1975, she beat the 5-time European champion Ludmilla Tourischeva, winning four gold medals and one silver. In 1976 she became the first woman to perform a backward double jump.
5. Núria Picas
Born in Spain in 1976, Picas is a trail runner and sky runner. Shortly after running her first mountain marathon, in which she came third, she had an accident. The doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to run again, but that didn’t stop Núria. She started running again and won the Ultra-Trail Cavalls del Vent in 2011. In 2012 she became champion of the Ultra-Trail World Championship.
6. Ronda Jean Rousey
Ronda is an American professional wrestler, and former judoka mixed martial artist. She is known for being the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo, winning bronze at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Rousey has put the role of women in mixed martial arts in the spotlight. She has been able to win combats by knockouts in only 14 seconds.
7. Dawn Fraser
Fraser was the first woman to swim 100m freestyle in less than a minute in 1962 (59.9 seconds). In 1964, she lowered her mark to 58.9 seconds. Soon after setting her record, Fraser and her mother had a car accident where Dawn suffered neck and back injuries. Fraser recovered just in time to participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she won a gold and a silver medal.
So next time you’re feeling a bit lazy to exercise in the morning, you might find inspiration in one of these women athletes who have achieved so much in their field.