They've sprinted, kicked, backflipped, triple-lutzed, and TKO'd their way into sports history. Learn more about notable female athletes such as Bonnie Blair, Hope Solo, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
Ronda Rousey is making history: the UFC announced they’re inducting her as their first female Hall of Famer in a ceremony this July 5 in Las Vegas. “There would be no women in UFC without Ronda Rousey,” UFC President Dana White said in the statement.
In a CNN interview, beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings says she was warned she might lose her sponsorships when she discovered she was six weeks pregnant with her first child at the London Olympics. “Certain brands stepped up when others leave. That’s just the cycle of life,” she said.
Lindsey Vonn won the third and what may be the last Olympic medal of her career: a bronze in downhill skiing. The athlete has battled major knee constructions, multiple broken bones, nerve damage and shredded cartilage since her last 2010 Olympic appearance in Vancouver.
McKayla Maroney has spoken publicly for the first time about the sexual abuse she experienced by gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar at the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In October 2017, she was the first of her 2012 Olympic teammates to reveal abuse.
Simone Biles says she was sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. She implied the abuse was similar to allegations made by more than 140 women. Nassar pleaded guilty to a series of sex crimes in 2017 but denied recent accusations.
Danica Patrick crashed in the Indianapolis 500, the final race of her career, though she walked away unharmed. Thirteen years earlier, she made history as the first woman to hold the lead in IndyCar racing's signature event.
Tennis star Anna Kournikova and her partner of over a decade, singer Enrique Iglesias, have reportedly welcomed twins, a boy and a girl. The babies are the first kids for both parents, who have been talking babies since at least 2011.