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False fret: No proof female HS X-country runners can’t go .62 more

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

By Vanessa Wilkins “Go the extra mile -- it’s never crowded,” so the saying goes. But what about an extra .62 of a mile? For thousands of girls on high school cross country teams, racing to the finish means running a course 1,000 meters shorter than their male counterparts.  In 2012, ESPN ...

Thai women grab volleyball title; find focus on their looks

Monday, September 30th, 2013

By Mariah Philips The elation of a surprise victory is universal – and infectious. The emotion is so powerful that it doesn't matter where in the world you are, what team it is – or the sex of the players. Everyone loves a come-from-behind winner on the international sports stage, whether it’s America’s ...

Battle of the Sexes Puzzler: Throw the match to pay a debt? If Riggs had won, he would have gotten $100K in prize money

Friday, September 20th, 2013

By Laura Pappano Exactly 40 years ago, over 30,000 spectators filled the Houston Astrodome and 50 million more tuned in on TV to watch “The Battle of the Sexes.” Billie Jean King, a 29-year-old who would be #1 in the world for five years (winning six Wimbledon Championships and four U.S. Open ...

Mom on son’s concussion: “It really affected him mentally”

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

By Katie Culver The risk of getting hurt is part of playing sports. We parents of athletic children understand that. But rising awareness of concussions presents a new avenue of worry. How can we spot a concussion and what can we expect if our child suffers one? I spoke recently with ...

Mortarboard moment: Sharing advice I got from Gail Marquis, Olympic superstar and Wall Street success

Friday, May 10th, 2013

By Ashleigh Sargent Gail Marquis is a powerful woman in sports, business, and volunteer foundation work.  She won a silver medal as a part of the 1976 U.S. Women’s Basketball Olympic Team and played basketball professionally in Europe, before taking her competitive drive and spirit to Wall Street where she worked ...

Do we have the stomach for football?

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

By Laura Pappano News that NFL veteran Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, suffered from degenerative brain disease was hardly a revelation. We paused, saddened, on Thursday when the National Institutes of Health announced that Seau’s brain revealed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy – the result of absorbing frequent blows to ...

Warm-up playlist: Time to get pumped up without being put down

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

By Ashleigh Sargent and Mariah Philips Get ready, it’s game day!!!!! As you prepare mentally and physically, you want help getting into your zone. Which songs pop up on the warm-up playlist? Chances are, messages of female empowerment and gender equality are not major themes in your favorite jams. In fact, it might ...

How would Lindsey Vonn fare against men? (Pretty well, I calculate)

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

By Laura Pappano When the International Ski Federation turned down Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete in the men’s downhill World Cup the explanation was wearily familiar – there are races for guys and races for women and they’re separate. Actually, FIS secretary general Sarah Lewis didn’t put it quite like that, rather ...

Olympic mettle has no gender

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

By Katie Culver How can one not be inspired by the Olympics?! The 10 days of coverage I’ve watched remind me of my spirited Olympic dreams. As a young gymnast, I was rapt by Nadia Comaneci (the first perfect 10!) in 1980 and by Mary Lou Retton in 1984. Women’s soccer years ...

Marathon Olympic challenge: More female athletes, but fewer events

Friday, July 27th, 2012

  By Laura Pappano In 1963, a Sports Illustrated story headlined, “Why Can’t We Beat This Girl?” got at one tender aspect of the Cold War conflict: U.S. Olympic medal counts suffered in comparison to the Soviets because American women, we learned, “will not even try.” No need to worry about that now. This ...