women in sports

Hockey players in uniform lined up for photo (© AP Images)

Which country has the best women’s hockey team?

With the Winter Olympics looming in 2018, hockey fans look to Michigan, where eight nations are competing in the ice hockey Women’s World Championship.
Young woman wearing baseball cap and hijab swinging at a ball with a bat (© AP Images)

Batter up! These women are bringing baseball to Gaza.

Baseball has grown in popularity in the Middle East. In Gaza, interest in baseball turned out to be stronger among girls than boys.
Serena and Venus Williams holding tennis trophies (© Getty Images)

Legendary Williams sisters still redefining tennis at 30+

Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams have made their mark off the tennis courts too, inspiring young women to push for greatness.
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Finding strength through sports [webchat]

Talk with several female athletes and a sports reporter in a live, global webchat about “Finding Strength Through Sports" March 29 at 6 a.m. EDT.
Woman in hijab and hockey gear skating on ice rink (© Washington Post via Getty Images)

The hockey world is abuzz over the skills of a young...

Fatima Al Ali, a hockey-playing, hijab-wearing woman from Abu Dhabi with a wicked slapshot, got to live her dream and practice with the Washington Capitals.
Composite image of photos of six athletes (© AP Images)

Who made Athlete of the Year?

Professional basketball player LeBron James and Olympic gold medalist gymnast Simone Biles each won another top honor: 2016′s Athlete of the Year.
Close-up portrait of tennis star Serena Williams (© Rick Chapman)

Wanted: Portraits of top female athletes

Women in America excel at sports, but their images can be hard to find. The National Portrait Gallery is building up its collection showing female athletes.
Carli Lloyd kneeling on field, celebrating goal with teammates (© AP Images)

U.S. women a major force at the Olympics

For the second straight Olympics, women athletes outnumber men on the U.S. Olympic team, 292 to 262. Team USA will field the most women of any nation.
Jesse Owens crossing finish line in race in large stadium (© Alamy/INTERFOTO)

U.S. Olympic standouts: A look back in photos

American athletes from earlier Olympics who broke records in their sports and barriers in society are remembered in this photo gallery.