Topic: women in sports

Meet Sloane Stephens, The Future Of American Tennis

Meet Sloane Stephens, The Future Of American Tennis

Serena Williams isn’t used to losing tennis matches, and tennis fans aren’t used to watching her lose. That’s what made her loss last night to a teenager at the Australian Open so shocking. Meet Sloane Stephens, the charismatic 19-year-old who achieved a career high last night in defeating Williams, currently ranked #3 with a shot at #1. Today, Stephens is being hailed as the future of tennis. More »

Pioneering Track Coach Resigns After Affair With Student Athlete

Pioneering Track Coach Resigns After Affair With Student Athlete

Bev Kearney is a Hall of Fame track and field coach whose near-miraculous story of recovering from a horrible car accident made her a nationally known hero. Now, she’s stepping down from her job in disgrace, after admitting to a sexual relationship with a student athlete. Her story suggests that it’s not just powerful men who get professionally tripped up by relationships with underlings. More »

Serena Williams Reaches Career High With U.S. Open Win And Emotional Control

Serena Williams Reaches Career High With U.S. Open Win And Emotional Control

Serena Williams did it again. After a summer in which the 30 year old won the singles and doubles at Wimbledon, won the singles and doubles gold medals at the Summer Olympics, she now has won the U.S. Open. Yesterday she beat the number one ranked Victoria Azarenka in a final that went into three sets, the first one to do so since 1995. This was her 15th Grand Slam title win but, more importantly, after a rocky behavior history at the Open, Serena showed she could keep her cool. More »

Woman Rejected More Than 30 Times By Company Makes A Counter-Offer: ‘Suck My D—’

Woman Rejected More Than 30 Times By Company Makes A Counter-Offer: 'Suck My D---'

Taylor Grey Meyer applied more than 30 times to various jobs offered by the baseball team the San Diego Padres. She had also been rejected more than 30 times. Then she got an email from the team inviting her to pay $495 to attend a job fair where she’d supposedly have a chance to secure one of more than 50 open positions. And that’s when Meyer snapped. “After careful review, I must decline,” she quickly replied. “I realize I may be burning a bridge here, but in the spirit of reciprocity, I would like to extend you a counter-offer to suck my dick.” More »

At These Female-Dominated Olympic Games, ‘Strong Is The New Pretty.’

At These Female-Dominated Olympic Games, 'Strong Is The New Pretty.'

These Olympic Games, which draw to a close this weekend, have turned up awesome story after awesome story featuring female athletes: Spunky gymnast Gabby Douglas, boxing teen Claressa Shields, threepeat beach volleyball champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, and yesterday afternoon, the US women’s soccer team earned a gold medal against the Japanese team that had beaten them in last year’s World Cup. And it’s not the individual stories that have been exciting; it’s the big one, too. All of us — men, women, boys, and girls — are happily watching these female athletes do their thing. And those men and boys are notable. As Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins put it in an inspiring column this week, “Adult human males are now waiting in line for tickets to things they used to make fun of.” More »

Female Gold Medal Winners Are Three Times Likelier To Cry Than Men

Female Gold Medal Winners Are Three Times Likelier To Cry Than Men

We’ve discussed the issue of crying at work here at The Grindstone, and we’ve written about the Olympics a lot recently, too. Now, let’s talk about crying at the Olympics. After reviewing footage of 129 gold-medal winners, the Wall Street Journal has put together a cool little analysis of who has cried the most at the Games in London. The results may surprise you. More »

Olympic Scandal: Rower Sent Home Because Her Boyfriend’s A Neo-Nazi

Olympic Scandal: Rower Sent Home Because Her Boyfriendâs A Neo-Nazi

A Olympic rower for Germany has come home early from London after her role in a major scandal. No, not cheating or doping; and not throwing matches like those infamous badminton teams. Instead, Nadja Drygalla is dating a neo-Nazi. Her boyfriend, a competitive rower himself, sounds like an awful person. But should dating a jerk really make you ineligible for the Olympics? More »

Next Big Prize For Gabby Douglas: $10 Million In Endorsements

Next Big Prize For Gabby Douglas: $10 Million In Endorsements

After her electrifying win in the gymnastics all-around competition last night, America has a new sweetheart, and her name is Gabby Douglas. Douglas boasts a million-watt smile, incredible skills (look at her!), and she’s the first African-American ever to take the top prize in Olympic gymnastics. That means not only joy and triumph, but millions of dollars in endorsements. More »

Outrage! 8 Female Badminton Players Unfairly Disqualified From The Olympics For Throwing Matches

Outrage! 8 Female Badminton Players Unfairly Disqualified From The Olympics For Throwing Matches

It’s the shocking scandal that’s rocking the Olympics today: Eight female badminton players were accused of losing their matches on purpose, and then authorities swiftly threw the women out of the Games. The four pairs of top players — two from South Korea, one from China, and one from Indonesia — were punished for “not using one’s best efforts to win a match” and “conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport,” in the harsh words of the Badminton World Federation. The crowds at the matches were so angry at the obvious under-playing, including bungled serves, that you could hear “boo”s during the match. Sounds pretty outrageous! But the more outrageous fact is that these women were throwing their matches for perfectly rational reasons, and they were encouraged to do so by the very structure of the tournament. I demand justice for the lady badminton players! More »

How Sexy Ads Sabotage Female Athletes

How Sexy Ads Sabotage Female Athletes

All things considered, the Olympics are a beacon of gender equality: Female athletes at the Games are heaped with praise and attention. In many sports, including gymnastics and volleyball, women draw significantly more attention than the guys; in others, like swimming, things are about equal. This year, for the first time, there are more women on the American Olympic team than men. But if the Olympics are a celebration of physical prowess in all its forms, then why do companies use female athletes so rarely in advertising, and why do they bungle it so badly when they do? A new study says it’s because advertisers overestimate consumers’ appetite for hot bodies. More »