Often compared to Zinedine Zidane and admired for her skills, Louisa Nécib is considered like one of the best players in the world of women’s soccer nowadays. Her talent is undeniable and make her a unique player on the field. At the age of 29 she is retiring after the Olympics (in Rio) this summer, which means one thing for the french girls : bring the gold home.
Surya Bonaly is the only female figure skater in history to do a backflip (a thoroughly illegal and dangerous move) – and in so doing, pioneered a move called a “Bonaly,” where one does a split in midair and lands on one foot. The other three skaters who’ve done a backflip (all male) have landed on both feet,
As the video above states, she was rebellious and outspoken, and did not fit the standard image of figure skaters – either in skin tone or in types of moves performed. At the 1994 Olympics, she tied with Yuka Sato (a woman in the more traditional “ice princess” mold). When Bonaly received second place after a 5-4 panel decision, she protested by refusing to stand on the podium.
She’s retired now, living in the United States and coaching a new generation of girls to break boundaries.
Sip. Smile. Repeat. Sneak peek behind-the-scenes with U.S. Women’s National Soccer team player Ali Krieger of our latest campaign. (Fun fact: ZICO is the official coconut water of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games!)
A quick illustration for an online article about the Zika virus and the decision that athletes have to make: If they want to take part in the olympics and risk being infected or if they stay at home and be safe. Especially for women which want to have children someday it must be a difficult one, as the virus can cause severe birth defects.
Meet James Lenger (@jameslenger) and Jess Davis (@jessdavis_usa): two pentathlon competitors in one incredible relationship. “We met at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,” James says. “We had trained together and been friends for a couple of years, which eventually led to us dating.” The two are bringing attention to the lesser-known sport, which consists of fencing, rifle shooting, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country running. Between competing in the ITU World Triathlon Championships and training for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying that James and Jess are busy is an understatement. “We both understand each other’s schedules,” Jess says. “It’s a good balance between being able to keep the sport separate but being able to support each other.”
Hedaya Malak Won the World Taekwondo Grand Prix And Is Going To The Olympic Games in Rio
Securing herself a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, and sailing through to receive the -57 kg gold medal at the 2015 World Taekwondo Grand Prix, Egypt’s Hedaya Malak qualifies herself as one of the top 5 women in taekwondo and one of the coolest women in 2016.
Her unbeatable drive, passion, and motivation allows Malak to qualify for this year’s Olympics at Rio, at fourth in the ranking, expecting to move to the third.