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May 13, 2024 at 3:21 PM

When to Grit and When to Quit

Erin told her parents she wanted to be an Olympian when she was just six years old. Trusting their daughter’s intuition, Erin’s parents put her in ballet and gymnastics, which gave her an early taste for discipline and body awareness, both of which ...
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April 29, 2024 at 4:20 PM

I Thought it Was Just Me — The Lonely and Often Isolating Road as an Olympic Athlete

I felt out of place or put on a pedestal as an Olympic hopeful athlete. If I didn’t have a type of food or drink at a gathering I was asked, “Oh can you not have that as an Olympic athlete, is it against your ‘diet’?” and if I had a drink or a food ...
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April 18, 2024 at 12:24 PM

Reclaiming My Light: Navigating the Darkness of Sexual Assault in Sport

Sexual assault thrives in silence and secrecy, but by sharing my story, raising awareness, and demanding accountability, I hope to create a safer and more inclusive environment for athletes of all genders. Together, we can dismantle the culture of ...
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April 4, 2024 at 4:33 PM

The Price of the Podium: Understanding the Athlete Economy

Explore the intricacies of the athlete economy beyond the glitz of big-figure deals, focusing on the financial challenges and opportunities for women athletes on their journey to the top. This blog delves into the often overlooked aspects of pro ...
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April 3, 2024 at 2:54 PM

I Chose to Represent My “Other” Country

I heard so many people say, “You took the easy road out to make the Nigerian Olympic team, because Team USA is one of the hardest teams to make in the world.” Let’s dissect that real quick. They aren’t wrong about Team USA being one of the hardest ...
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March 27, 2024 at 11:36 AM

Body Dysmorphia in the Female Athlete

Body dysmorphia is a preoccupation with perceived flaws in appearance, which can significantly impact daily functioning and well-being. I feel it’s worse than it’s ever been with social media in general, where it’s part of an athlete's job to post ...
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March 25, 2024 at 5:07 PM

The Lonely World of Women's Outdoor Sports

When it comes to outdoor and extreme sports, women often find themselves at the top of a game few are playing. They’ve become so specialized that sharing a workout with someone becomes really tricky: often, to train with other women is to pump the ...
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March 21, 2024 at 11:26 AM

From Heartbreak to Perseverance: How to Navigate a Divorce as a Professional Athlete

In my attempt to balance a professional sports career, military career and be a wife, I quickly noticed the relational hardship of feeling like we lived separate lives. It wasn’t until December of 2022, when I was competing in my first World Cup ...
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February 28, 2024 at 3:02 PM

Ladies, Start Your Engines

In some ways Erika arrived at that moment: she was seated in a McLaren GT4, racing professionally in Europe, being invited onto podcasts and finally recognized for the talent she’d felt in her fingers during that first race in the parking lot. On ...
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February 21, 2024 at 4:05 PM

The Bittersweet Journey of an Olympic Hopeful

The hopefulness though often fades after morning. I look at my expenses and training, and all I see is how far behind I am and how many obstacles are in my way. I feel in my heart I am part of the Olympic movement as an Olympic hopeful, but the way ...
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February 14, 2024 at 11:00 AM

The Fairytale of Finding Love

Some of us playing abroad have found our Prince Charming. For most of us, and especially those with melanated skin, choosing to pursue our career is like being locked in an ivory tower – the prospect of finding love is slim to none.
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February 6, 2024 at 10:35 AM

The Best Football Players You've Never Heard Of

Highlighting the overlooked history of women in American football, this narrative reveals the enduring spirit and breakthroughs of women who have defied conventions to play, coach, and lead in a sport entwined with masculine identity. It spotlights ...
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