In the 1984 Olympics she earned a perfect 10.0 in Vault making her the first female gymnast in the U.S. to win the Olympic All Around title. “Mary Lou Retton’s wholesome exuberance won her many commercial endorsements, including the appearance on a Wheaties cereal box!”(biography.com) She is in great demand as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson. She made many commercials, appeared in several movies and T.V. shows, and is a popular speaker. Mary Lou Retton is still an amazing role model for many young athletes including gymnasts.
For instance, Jackie chose to go to UCLA, also known as University of California Los Angeles, on a basketball scholarship (“Jackie Joyner Kersee biography”). Suddenly, Jackie’s mother dies of meningitis, In 1980, after the funeral, JAckie chose to work even harder to honor her mother (“Jackie Joyner Kersee biography”). Jackie won the long jump record with a 7.45 meter jump and then won another world record in the Heptathlon with 7,291 points (“Jackie Joyner Kersee Biography”). Jackie won several medals year after year becoming one of the world 's greatest athletes. As a result, people loved watching Jackie on the olympics and made her loved all over the world.
Francie Larrieu Smith, an iconic runner has achieved and accomplished many successes in her life. The iconic champion was born on 11/23/1952 in San Francisco bay areas and later graduation from the University of California in Los Angeles. Her willing-to-do, competitive, and challenge-accepting attitude greatly played a significant rule in her victories. When she first started running, her biggest ambition was to win the Olympics medal and then quit so that she could get married and have family and kids, but she didn’t think that she would get caught in running career for more than 30 years. She started working for achieving her maxim gradually since then.
Over twenty Grand Slam titles, ten doubles championships, countless Olympic gold medals, and being considered the best female tennis player in history are just a few of Serena Williams’s many astonishing accomplishments (bio.com). She not only has maintained the perfect physical structure to be a tennis player for over two decades, but she also has the mental strength to push through each match. Serena Williams is a perfect example of the American dream that one can come from nothing and be successful through her hard work and determination. The legend of Serena Williams all started in 1981. Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan into the family of Richard and Oracene Williams.
Worthy was a seven-time All-Star, a member two All-NBA Third Teams, and won the 1988 NBA Finals MVP. During the 1988 finals, Worthy averaged 22 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game, but what was most impressive was his game seven performance. In that game seven, Worthy erupted for 36 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. At the time it was just the second time in NBA history that a player recorded a triple-double in a game seven of the NBA finals. In his 12 seasons, the Lakers made nine playoff appearances, winning three championships.
She also, admitted that she had been taking the steroid, the clear, during the Summer Olympics. After her convictions, her medals were striped by the U.S. Olympic Committee, meaning it was like she never won in the Games. (“What Makes Marion Jones Run?”). In the spring of 2008 she had to go to a federal prison, one that was located right outside of Dallas, Texas. Even though Jones was in prison, running continued to be a passion of her’s.
This hero rose up from the rock bottom and makes a difference in many lives everyday. In 2013, Jazz started Purple Tails, a company that makes rubber mermaid tails and sells them for transgender youth, and she is also the co-founder of Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation which also assists transgender youth. One CNN article stated, “‘I’ve always known exactly who I am. I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body,‘Jazz said in the video, which encourages teens to be your true self”’ (Grinberg). Jazz fought a battle with the United States Soccer Federation to allow Jazz to play on the girls’ soccer team, and two and a half years later she succeeded.
Women, Title IX Wins Big in Olympics.” The author informs the reader about how for the first time in history the female athletes outnumbered male athletes in the most recent Olympics. Nhan further states the female athletes of the recent spring Olympics won 29 of the 46 medals. Title IX has impacted the high school, colleges, and now the
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