Tag: olympics

Serena Williams: Why Girls Should Stick With Sports

By Michelle Konstantinovsky Serena Williams Serena Williams—yes, the Serena Williams who revolutionized tennis, won more Grand Slam titles than any other player in the Open Era, and earned four Olympic gold medals over the course of her career—made her professional debut when she was 14. While that seems young, many girls are already on their way out of sports by then. In fact, according to the Women’s Sports…

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German Gymnastics Team Apparel Promotes Empowerment

By Madeline Hislop The German women’s gymnastics team elected to wear full length bodysuits at the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers on Sunday, a decision they made to push back against the sexualisation of women in gymnastics. The team, comprised of Sarah Voss, Pauline Schaefer-Betz, Elisabeth Seitz and Kim Bui, wore red and white full length unitards that covered their legs down to…

Tokyo Olympics: Athletes to Watch This Summer

No list of Olympic athletes could encompass all the stories of human achievement on display at the Summer Games. But if you’re looking for some names to root for (or against) at the Olympics in Tokyo, here are a few to start with. (Note that some still need to qualify to compete this year.) By The New York Times Gymnastics Simone Biles, United States Biles,…

Chaunte Lowe Is Training for Tokyo Through Breast Cancer

By Macaela MacKenzie If anyone knows grit, it’s Chaunte Lowe. The 37-year-old high jumper has competed in four Olympics through three pregnancies. She brought home a bronze medal in 2008 and still holds the American record for the women’s high jump (both indoor and outdoor). And now she’s training for a mind-boggling fifth Olympic appearance—while facing a breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, and a…