100 Sports 100 Women 100 Inspiring Athletes

USA TODAY, July 2006 | Go to article overview

100 Sports 100 Women 100 Inspiring Athletes


SUPERWOMEN: 100 Women-100 Sports is an eye-opening coffee table book that inspired a subsequent photo exhibition that shows female athletes at their best: passionate, determined, and strong. Each of these fearless females offers a unique tale of triumph, excellence, and courage.

Consider the sheer willpower that infused Jackie Joyner-Kersee's performance at the 1996 Olympic Games. Recognize the glorious confidence displayed by Janet Guthrie when she pulled up at the starting line of the Indianapolis 500 in 1977. Spend a moment appreciating the perseverance of Rachael Scdoris, a top competitor in sled-dog racing despite being legally blind. The exhibition showcases sports superstars viewers will recognize immediately, as well as athletes who may not be so familiar--but all are exceptional and extraordinary individuals.

These portraits, as well as the candid and personal interview text that accompanies each, are the work of photographer Jodi Buren. "I wanted to document the beauty of the woman athlete--to remove her helmet and focus on her spirit," she says. Buren explains how she sought to find the person inside the athlete, to discover that particular individual's thoughts, dreams, goals, and desires. She found herself inspired by this group, by their strength, energy, and sheer love of the game. Her ultimate objective, she emphasizes, was to give girls across America an opportunity to learn about sports and the women who compete in them.

"It was an incredible journey. With each shoot, the momentum and excitement for the project escalated," Buren recalls. "The athletes were eager to share their stories and seemed honored to be recognized. I was an audience of one and, as I sat on track fields, in parking lots, and in kitchens around the country, I laughed and cried--and was forever changed. I saw what sports can do for women. I [witnessed] this over and over again. [They] were confident, driven, powerful, determined ... in control of their bodies and their lives. I am in awe of these women. I am inspired and humbled by them.

"I left each interview wanting to achieve more, wanting to be a better person, wife, mother, photographer. It was no longer just about sport: it was about being a woman, about giving all that you can, about fulfilling your dreams."

While the photographs are appreciated for their artistry and originality, "SuperWomen" also is an educational tool and a platform for women's athletics. Audiences are introduced not only to uncommon sports such as wakeboarding, down hill mountain biking, mono-skiing, and open water distance swimming, but to athletes who have overcome obstacles and broken down stereotypes. Scdoris recently became the first legally blind athlete to complete the famed 1,100-mile Iditorad Trail Sled Dog Race. In 1967, Katherine Switzer was the first woman to register for the Boston Marathon in a time when it was considered impossible for a woman to run the grueling 26.2 miles. At age 12, Lisa Fernandez was told that her arms were too short to be a successful softball pitcher; she now is the proud owner of three Olympic gold medals and is the record holder for striking out 25 batters in an Olympic game.

Observes Buren: "Each time I met female athletes, I saw a common thread of vitality and passion for their sport and in their outlook on life."

On the media front, however, less than eight percent of all sports coverage is granted to female athletics. Women's Studies scholar Lea Ann Schell notes that, "When female athletes are the focus of media attention, the images often sexualize and trivialize their efforts. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

100 Sports 100 Women 100 Inspiring Athletes
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.