Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Today is...National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Today is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Who is your favorite female athlete?
The 1900 Olympics was the first to include female competitors.
Edith Cummings, a golfer, was the first woman athlete to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
In 1973 Billy Jean King played former number 1 male tennis player Bobby Riggs in a Battle of the Sexes tennis match after Riggs made states claiming that the women's game was inferior to the men's game. King beat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Janet Gurthrie was the first woman to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.
Liz Heaston was the first female athlete to play and score in a college football game, in 1997.
Dara Torres is the first and only swimmer from the US to compete in five Olypmic Games. She is also the oldest swimmer ever to earn a place on the US Olympic team.
The 2012 Summer Olympics was the first time the American team has more female than male athletes.
Fanny Durack was the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold metal in a swimming event, in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. She and Mina Wylie had to pay their own expenses to be allowed to go to the games.
Helene de Pourtales was the first female Olympic champion for sailing. She won as part of a team with her husband and nephew.
Charlotte Cooper was the first woman to win as an individual in the Olympics, winning tennis singles. She also won mixed doubles.