We’re suffering so hard from Olympics withdrawal. They had us marveling at sporting a jumpsuit. We now have a way to justify our current mood: HANGRY. And perhaps, we might feel a compulsion to buy the Moulin Rouge soundtrack and play it over and over. HOT! We loved the moment that Mirai Nagasu became the first US woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics- like cheered hard for that one, out of our seats and on our feet cheered, like we just stuck that shit! And we’re in awe that out of 84 snowboarding runs by 24 women, Chloe Kim put up the four highest scores, securing her spot as a fresh-faced and fun 17-year-old-superstar-to-be who then proceeded to declared herself “her own valentine.” WE <3 HER!
So. Much. Crushing it.
If you loved these Olympic moments or missed out on the fun but still need a fix, we’ve got your back. That’s right, we’ve created our own kind of March Madness—a bunch of badass female athletes to inspire YOUR spring training.
We’re just getting started. Look for more lists on Thursdays this March as we high-five these awesome athletes and you find fab females to follow.
First up are 15 women who inspire us to be stars in our own right:
- Chloe Kim: American snowboarder and a 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist of the 2018 United States Olympic team. In 2018 she became the youngest woman ever to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the age of 17 years. She is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win a gold medal in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
- Hope Solo (soccer): American soccer goalkeeper, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and World Cup champion. She was the goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team from 2000 through August 2016.
- Katrin Davidsdottir: CrossFit athlete known for her four appearances at the CrossFit Games. She is the women's champion of the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Katrín is the second woman to repeat as champion, following in the footsteps of her countrywoman, 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games champion.
- Simone (Swimone) Manue : Simon shocked the world when she won gold in the Rio 2016 Olympics in 100-meter freestyle. In that moment, the 20-year old and first-time Olympian became the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic Gold in swimming.
- Jessica Ennis-Hill : Olympic champion and British record-holder in the heptathlon and has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, less than a year after giving birth to her son Reggie. She’s a highly visible, likeable and inspiring role model – and she took a principled stand when her local football club, Sheffield United, was considering re-hiring convicted rapist Ched Evans on his release from prison. Her first political statement, it was hugely brave and proved a turning point in the controversy.
- Jessamyn Stanley: A brilliant account for body positive yoga, Jessamyn’s philosophy is “How do I feel?” not “How do I look?” She is also the author of Every Body Yoga. We’re smitten.
- Michelle de Bouillons: Brazilian professional surfer de Bouillons grew up by the beach in Rio de Janeiro, she was taught to surf by her father at age 8.
- Julia Mancuso: “Super Jules” as her teammates have dubbed her, has won the most Olympic medals for a female in the sport of alpine ski racing, Mancuso spends much of her time in Hawaii where she follows other active pursuits such as yoga, surfing, and paddleboarding as a 33-year-old retiree from the demanding sport.
- Allyson Felix: American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters. At 200 meters, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a 3-time World champion (2005–09), and 2-time Olympic silver medalist (2004–08). At 400 meters, she is the 2015 World champion, 2011 World silver medalist, 2016 Olympic silver medalist, and 2017 World bronze medalist. Felix has won five additional Olympic gold medals as a member of the United States' women's relay teams: three at 4 × 400 meters (2008–16), and two at 4 x 100 meters (2012–16). The 2012 U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 meters team also set the women's 4x100 meters world-record that still stands. Felix is the only female track and field athlete to ever win six Olympic gold medals, and is tied with Merlene Ottey as the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history, with a total of nine Olympic medals. Felix is also the most decorated athlete in IAAF World Championships history with 16 career medals (Wiki).
- Sania Mirza: A tennis player with six Grand Slam doubles titles to her name. She is the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.
- Christina Grunwald Freschl is as Climbing Magazine (2017) describes, “a small-town girl from Wisconsin who caught the climbing bug on a family trip to Yosemite in 1998.” Since her first trip up Swan Slab, she’s built an impressive résumé of Valley offwidths, including Blind Faith (5.11d) on the Rostrum and a rare ascent of Basket Case (5.11b) on Basket Dome.
- Sister Madonna Buder: Age: EIGHTY-FREAKIN-SIX - WOW! She is a triathlete with a special fondness for Ironmans. Known as the “Iron Nun” because of her prolific triathlon and Ironman career, Sister Madonna Buder inspires others with her unwavering optimism and purpose. Because of her drive, she’s been chosen as the face of Nike’s new “Unlimited Youth” video (one part of their “Unlimited” campaign). Crediting “The Man Upstairs” as her coach, this inspirational woman has completed over 360 triathlons and 45 Ironmans — a three-part race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a full marathon. She is the oldest person to ever finish an Ironman Triathlon in under the 17-hour time limit. She’s even forced the Ironman organization to create new categories — 75 to 79 and 80 to 84 age groups. She also broke the finish time record for the latter age group, completing an Ironman in 16 hours and 32 minutes. Sister Madonna definitely has a motto we all can live by: “The only failure is not to try, because your effort in itself is a success.”
- Nicola Adams -Double Olympic champion, LGBT icon and proud Yorkshire lass. Nicola Adams has now turned pro after a hugely successful amateur career and is currently in a race with her partner (and fellow boxer) Marlen Esparza to a world title.
- Angela Rypein - Angela is the star quarterback of the Seattle Mist in the Legends Football League, an all-female football league. Rypein is the daughter of Mark Rypien, a former Super Bowl MVP who played for the Washington Redskins, so you know football is in Angela’s blood. When not playing football she is an entrepreneur and just all around badass beauty.
- Lizzie Armanto is the Californian professional skateboarder with a particular love for verticals and bowls. Her account features incredible pictures and videos of her outstanding skill set.
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