By Paula Edelson
The accomplishments of girls within the activities are inspirational and remarkable. From the ladies who first broke via gender obstacles to the ladies who've benefited from their predecessors ground-breaking decision
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Nike Is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998, p. 75. ਗ CARILLO, MARY (1957– ) Tennis Player, Broadcaster John McEnroe may be the most famous tennis player ever to emerge from Douglaston, New York, but he is by no means the only one. McEnroe’s neighbor and one-time mixed doubles partner, Mary Carillo, has done her Long Island neighborhood proud, not only by winning a Grand Slam title during her playing days, but by serving as one of the most knowledgeable and articulate sports broadcasters on television.
Blair crouched down extremely low and was able to keep her position during turns and at high speeds. As important, she was able to Bonnie Blair stands on the medal podium at the 1994 Olympic Games. Blair’s total of five Olympic gold medals makes her the most celebrated Olympic woman athlete in history. (Chris Cole/Getty Images) 21 BLAZEJOWSKI, CAROL keep her strides in an even rhythm throughout an entire race. Those skills—along with the hoarse cheers of the Blair Bunch—accompanied Blair to Albertville, and led her to two more gold medals; she defended her championship in the 500-meter race and won the 1,000-meter event as well.
Some of her peers questioned her willingness to keep competing when she was so clearly past her prime, but Brough loved the tournaments, especially the one in Great Britain. “You win Wimbledon and you don’t want to quit,” she said later. Eventually Brough did stop competing, but she did not leave the game completely. She married Alan Clapp, a dentist, in 1958, and became a tennis teacher. She continued to play and teach her beloved sport until her retirement in the early 1990s. Further Reading King, Billie Jean, and Cynthia Starr.
A to Z of American Women in Sports (A to Z of Women) by Paula Edelson