women in sports

Female coach giving American football player in uniform instructions during practice (© Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images)

Women tackle new opportunities in the NFL

The NFL will start the 2021 season with a record number of female coaches. Learn how the league is increasing women's roles in football.
Man jumping backward over pole (© Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Americans to watch at the Tokyo Paralympics [photo gallery]

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will showcase athletes whose stories are as varied as their sports. Meet some of the American contenders.
Carissa Moore riding wave on surfboard (© Francisco Seco/AP Images)

Meet Olympian Carissa Moore, world champion surfer [poster]

Carissa Moore is the top-ranked female surfer worldwide and one of four surfers on the USA Surfing Team. Surfing will make its debut at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles doing flip on balance beam (© Jeff Roberson/AP Images)

Meet Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles [poster]

Simone Biles is one of the most accomplished gymnasts in history, with 25 medals from world championship events. Learn more about the 24-year-old Olympian.
Silhouette of man performing long jump (© Charlie Riedel/AP Images)

U.S. athletes to watch in Tokyo [photo gallery]

The United States is sending 613 athletes to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Here are some contenders to keep an eye on.
Woman standing on baseball field in stadium (© Joseph Guzy/Miami Marlins)

Baseball’s first female general manager makes history

Kim Ng has broken barriers and made history by becoming the first female general manager in baseball. She will lead the Miami Marlins starting in 2021.
Smiling woman wrapping Iranian flag around her shoulders (© Robert F. Bukaty/AP Images)

Iranian Olympian has defected

Iran’s only female Olympic medalist said her decision to leave Iran was difficult, but necessary.
Protesters gathered around fire and smoke (© AFP/Getty Images)

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.
Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

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.