Women In Sports

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Iranian Olympian has defected

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist said her decision to leave Iran was difficult, but necessary.
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Top five stories in Iran in 2019

2019 was a year of unrest in Iran as people took to the streets to protest a regime that continued to oppress its citizens while fueling conflicts abroad.
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Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
Woman holding a young girl at the top of a mountain (Courtesy Hollie Kenney)

7-year-old Texan climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

Motivated by her late father's memory, 7-year-old Montannah Kenney becomes the youngest to reach Africa's highest peak at 5,895 meters.
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Top female athletes: Pulling no punches and riding high

Top female athletes are making their mark in sports that were once considered just for men. Meet some of the women who have what it takes to succeed in boxing, wrestling, and more.
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Scoring gains for disability rights on and off the track

The experiences of two women Paralympians show how competitive sports can open up opportunities and change the lives of people with disabilities.
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Versatile Paralympian poised for another medal run

Born in Ukraine, Oksana Masters is a double-amputee who has become one of America’s most versatile Paralympians, winning medals in both the Winter and Summer Games.
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Female Olympians inspire the next generation

As the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games come to a close, the next generation of athletes is getting started. The women of Team USA want to help lead these girls to their own future greatness.
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The style and drama of Olympic figure skating

Figure skating has become an iconic part of the Winter Games, with spectators fascinated by the stories behind the skaters and the drama and fashion they bring to the Olympics.