Sunday, December 16, 2018


Simone Biles, four-time Olympic champion, continued her record setting ways at the 2018 World Championships by winning her fourth career world championship with a record-setting margin of victory, almost 2 full points, since the open-ended scoring system was put into place.

Biles 13 overall World Championship gold medals are the most by any gymnast, male or female, and she became the first female gymnast to win four all-around world titles.

Biles won six medals in total at the 2018 competition, bringing her total haul to 20, which ties her with Svetlana Khorkina of Russia for the most total medals by a female gymnast.

Watch Simone Biles favorite event, floor exercise, at the 2018 World Championship in Qatar here.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

#1 In sports, being the best is what dreams are made of and for some those dreams become reality.  For Marit Bjoren from Norway it means becoming the most decorated athlete in the history of the Winter Olympic Games.  Bjoren won 5 cross-country medals in Korea, bringing her total count to 15 cross-country Olympic medals.

Friday, December 14, 2018

#2 Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese man or woman to win a Grand Slam tennis tournament. As a girl, Osaka dreamed of playing Serena at the US Open.  What happened during the match and afterwards at the trophy ceremony demonstrate that at times fact can be stranger than fiction.  At age 20, Osaka handled the US Open Final controversy with grace and humbleness after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4.  Watch the US Open Ceremony here.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

#3 Keeping the pressure on USA Gymnastics.  While Larry Nassar was sentenced on January 24, 2018, the gymnasts and their supporters have kept the pressure on for broader reforms and accountability within gymnastics and the broader Olympic and National Competition arena.  In January 2018, USA Gymnastics' entire Board of Directors resigned, President and CEO Kerry Perry resigned in September, followed by Interim CEO and President Mary Bono resigning in October.  In November, the USOC announced that it was starting the process to decertify USAG as the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. And in December, USAG announced it was filing bankruptcy as the lawsuits continue to mount and distribution of insurance money needs to be decided.  The athletes will continue to be the voice for generations to come.  A key message is ensure discussions between parents and guardians and their children go beyond "Stranger Danger" and also address that those individuals known to the family must protect the child and that any feelings of uncomfortableness should be address with safe parents and guardians.  Watch Aly Raisman's speech at Nassar's sentencing.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

#4 Amidst challenging conditions consisting of heavy rain, wind gusts of more than 25 miles per hour, and some of the coldest temperatures in 30 years, Desiree "Desi" Linden, 34 and two-time Olympian, won the 122nd Boston Marathon and became the first American woman to win the women's race since Lisa Larsen Weidenback did so in 1985 after pulling away from a competitive field.  Watch her winning moment here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

#5 Two NFL cheerleaders, one with the Miami Dolphins, the other with the New Orleans Saints, who are represented by a Florida employment attorney, are seeking arbitration and a 4-hour meeting with Roger Goodell as well as $1 in compensation over being fired. In Kristan Ware's case, it's allegedly for speaking publicly about her decision to not have sex before marriage.  For Bailey Davis, and the Saints, it's over her decision to post a photo of herself in a one-piece swimsuit on her Instagram page.

Beyond these two specific examples, the broader issues include a lack of clarity regarding what is teh role of the cheerleaders and dancers in today's #MeToo environment, as well as workplace policies, compensation, and how cheerleaders and dancers are treated by NFL teams.

The pervasive opinion by teams is that there is an endless supply of women who want ot be cheerleaders coupoled with teh #MeToo movement realities should lead the Commissioner to lead league-wide actions to address the role of and working conditions for cheerleading and dancing athletes.  Hear from the claimants to learn more about their position.

Monday, December 10, 2018

#6 What must it feel like to be on top of not just one, but two Winter Olympic sports?  Ester Ledecka became the first woman to ever win gold medals using two different types of equipment, a snowboard and skis, at a single Winter Olympic.  Ledecka is also the first woman to win gold in two separate disciplines at the same Winter Olympic Games.  Anfisa Reztsova previously won gold in two separate disciplines at different Olympics.  Watch her parallel giant slalom win here.