Happy International Women's Day! I just want to let all of you wonderful women out there to know that you are amazing human beings and I am glad that you exist! If you are a man out there, thank you for supporting women and being kind human beings because the world needs more men like you.
With this wonderful holiday, I will begin to share remarkable women in sports who inspire me. Sit back and enjoy the powerful women that exist in this world.
Powerful Facts: Szabados made 34 saves to become the first female goaltender to win a Southern Professional Hockey League game when her former team won 5-4 in overtime on Nov. 21, 2014.
In 2015, Szabados became the first woman to record a shutout in a men's professional hockey league in a 3-0 win.
Szabados won 2 gold medals with Canada in 2010 and 2014.
She will represent Canada this month when they play in the Women's Worlds in Plymouth, Michigan, USA.
Powerful Facts: Kim was 14 when she won Gold in the super pipe event in the Winter X Games in 2015.
Kim has won 3 golds in the super pipe event at the Winter X Games in Aspen and Oslo.
She was the flag bearer at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics and won gold in the halfpipe and slopestyle events.
Kim won the title in the halfpipe event at the 2017 Burton US Open three days ago; she is still 16 years old.
2017 UConn Women's Basketball Team
Sport: Basketball (look above!)
Powerful Facts: 107: That's the new record for a win streak in NCAA basketball history.
841: Days since UConn last lost a game (as of March 5).
104: Double-digit wins during the streak. Only 3 games have been challenging for them, if you even want to say that.
78: Wins while ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25. The Huskies have not been ranked lower than No. 3 during the streak.
20: More wins than the men's record. The UCLA men's team, led by coach John Wooden, won 88 straight games from 1970-74. UConn now has two separate win streaks that surpass that total.
2: Least amount of points allowed in a single quarter during the streak. Yep. One team could only score that during one quarter vs. this team.
2: National titles won during streak. The Huskies have won four straight championships and 11 total in program history.
(all numbers come from ncaa.com!)
Every Team in the SheBelieves Cup
Countries: England, France, Germany, USA
Powerful Facts: The France roster came into SheBelieves with a combined total of 311 goals scored.
England’s roster includes 15 of the 23 players that helped England to a historic third-place finish at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Germany has won six consecutive European titles. The last time Germany wasn’t reigning European champion was in 1994.
The U.S. players organized the event to empower young girls everywhere and are very aware of how to make the future a better place for all.
(Info from ussoccer.com.)
Country: México (look above!)
Powerful Facts: Five years after setting up the national team program, the country is celebrating its first ever gold medal at a full IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship event after winning the qualification tournament in 2014.
Their win has inspired people not only in México, but in other Latin American countries as well. The country is going through a slow period in soccer right now and this is providing them with joy.
The Rojas twins, Joanna (5 points) and Giovanna (4 points), were two of the four players on the roster who were born in the 21st century.
Claudia Tellez, second in scoring on the team with 8 points, was a 2016 CWHL draft pick for the Calgary Inferno.
(Info from iihf.com.)
Hope you enjoyed these stories and maybe feel inspired by all these wonderful women! Remember that the restrictions that society puts on you are not impossible to break and keep fighting those who oppose your rights because you are a human being who deserves them.
Women in sports are trailblazers for those who need their voices heard because they fought against the society that did not believe in women playing 'manly' games.
It's the 21st century and now women have their own professional leagues that are growing and are setting higher standards for young athletes everywhere. Keep up the good work because the future is looking better and better! -J
Hi, I'm Jenna and I'm a sports fan! I've been avidly watching sports since 2011 because I found that by watching sports, I would be able to communicate with my dad and brother better. Ever since I got into sports, I've been able to enjoy myself more when I go to sporting events with my family.