One of the most emotional moments at the 2017 ESPYs was when former First Lady Michelle Obama honored the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968 and the organization now stands as the world’s largest sports organization for millions of children and adults living with intellectual disabilities in more than 100 countries.
Obama came out to a standing ovation and then said, “I am here tonight to honor a remarkable woman.”
“Through her passionate service, she made the world more welcoming and fair,” she said. “Alongside heroes like Jackie Robinson … Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, there’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver.”
A heartfelt video then played, featuring children sharing their first-person stories of how their intellectual disabilities negatively affected their lives. Children spoke about “getting shoved in lockers” at school, just because they were different.
Shriver, who died in 2009, was also mother to Maria Shriver and sister of the late President John F. Kennedy. She was inspired to start the Special Olympics because her sister Rosemary was born with intellectual disabilities.
The video explained how at the time when she began her crusade for acceptance, those with intellectual disabilities were institutionalized and marginalized. First, she began Camp Shriver in 1960 as a place for all types of children to compete, then as it grew, she dreamed of something bigger – the Special Olympics.
The world couldn’t keep its eyes off two athletes at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer - Nancy Kerrigan, the elegant brunette from the Northeast, and Tonya Harding, the feisty blonde engulfed in scandal. Just weeks before the Olympics on Jan. 6, 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Kerrigan was stunningly clubbed on the right knee by an unknown assailant and left wailing, “Why, why, why?” As the bizarre “why” mystery unraveled, it was revealed that Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to literally eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Now two decades later, “The Price of Gold” takes a fresh look through Harding’s turbulent career and life at the spectacle that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating and has Harding still facing questions over what she knew and when she knew it.
1. Top 3 favorite players?
2. Favorite new kid?
3. Favorite newbie?
4. Favorite USWNT rival/opponent?
5. NWSL team/s that you support?
6. Favorite nickname?
7. Favorite non-NT American NWSL player?
8. Top 3 matches you like rewatching?
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13. Position you’d like to play on the team? Number?
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16. Favorite retiree?
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18. Best goal celebration?
19. Favorite USWNT kit? For GKs?
20. Most heartbreaking injury?
21. Favorite significant other?
22. Player you’d like to see get more minutes?
23. Favorite goalkeeper?
24. Cutest soccer kid?
25. Coolest soccer mom?
26. Best Twitter feed? Best Instagram feed?
27. Favorite 99er?
28. Future captain from the young ones?
29. Best style off the pitch?
30. Coolest tattoo/s?
31. Top 3 US Soccer videos?
32. Favorite formation?
33. Cheney’s hair: straight or curly? What about Christen’s?
34. Kelley as a forward, middy, or defender?
35. Oddest friendship?
36. Best game day hair?
37. Weirder to see: Tobin with high socks or Becky with sleeves?
38. Best super sub?
39. Blonde Hope Solo or Brunette Hope Solo?
40. Abby’s headers or Alex’s left footed shots?
41. Favorite defender?
42. Most creative player?
43. Non-NT NWSL player you really want to be called up?
44. HAO game faces or Pinoe goal celebrations?
45. Most underrated player?
46. Favorite corner kick taker?
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48. Penalty kick taker?
49. Top 3 moments in the NWSL?
50. Favorite commentators? (FS1, ESPN, NWSL)
51. Olympics or World Cup?
52. Go-to starting XI from the current NT player pool?
53. Starting XI from the current NWSL player pool?
54. Your All Star starting XI (from past and current USWNT and NWSL players)?
55. Favorite social media moment?
56. Best NWSL team social media?
57. Who is your favorite Mewis?
58. Curve it like Christen or Nutmeg like Tobin?
59. Who’s the best dancer on the team?
60. Favorite NWSL international player?
61. Favorite CANWNT player in the NWSL?
62. Carli’s hat tricks or Kelley’s throw-in spin?
63. Whitney with Beluga whales, Kelley with squirrels, Sydney with Boss or Moe with Macarons?
64. Light kits or dark kits?
65. Favorite body issue photo shoot?
66. Favorite veteran/newbie friendship?
It would be really hard to walk away after the world cup, knowing that the olympics is right around the corner, but I want those younger players to know, based not only on my words but my actions, that I actually believe in them. You could imagine if we won a world cup and I walked away, that’s me giving them the nod. You got this.
Home to more than 10,000 athletes at the Summer Games and 2,700 at the Winter, the Olympic Village is one of the world’s most exclusive clubs. To join, prospective members need only have spectacular talent and – we long assumed – a chaste devotion to the most intense competition of their lives. But the image of a celibate Games began to flicker in ‘92 when it was reported that the Games’ organizers had ordered in prophylactics like pizza. Then, at the 2000 Sydney Games, 70,000 condoms wasn’t enough, prompting a second order of 20,000 and a new standing order of 100,000 condoms per Olympics.
Many Olympians, past and present, abide by what Summer Sanders, a swimmer who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze in Barcelona, calls the second Olympic motto: “What happens in the village stays in the village.” Yet if you ask enough active and retired athletes often enough to spill their secrets, the village gates will fly open. It quickly becomes clear that, summer or winter, the games go on long after the medal ceremony. “There’s a lot of sex going on,” says women’s soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo, a gold medalist in 2008. How much sex? “I’d say it’s 70 percent to 75 percent of Olympians,” offers world-record-holding swimmer Ryan Lochte, who will be in London for his third Games. “Hey, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do."