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.
Gymnast Aly Raisman accepted the ESPYs' Arthur Ashe Courage Award on behalf of the numerous victims of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse. "To all the survivors out there, don't let anyone rewrite your story," she said. "Your truth does matter, you matter and you are not alone."
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.
During the finals of the U.S. Open, Serena Williams got in a heated dispute with the umpire after he gave her a coaching violation and she accused him of sexism and attacking her character. "You owe me an apology!" she said. Williams was fined $17,000 for the incident.
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.
Venus Williams is scheduled for a highly-anticipated match versus sister Serena in Friday’s U.S. Open. "Unfortunately and fortunately, we have to play each other. We make each other better. We bring out the best when we play each other...I think we're used to it now,” Serena said.
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.