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The 36 iconic female athletes who have changed the world of women's sports for the better

Added 11-23-22 08:14:04pm EST - “From Billie Jean King and Mary Lou Retton to Megan Rapinoe and the Williams sisters, here are 36 iconic athletes who've elevated women's sports.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “The 36 iconic female athletes who have changed the world of women's sports for the better”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Recent breakthroughs have helped usher female athletes and their organizations closer to the mainstream than they've ever been. According to a 2018 Nielsen report on the rise of women's sports, 84% of general sports fans now have an interest in women's sports.

But for decades, pioneering women in sports have worked to foster progress and inspire others hoping to accomplish history-defining athletic feats of their own.

The push to bring women's sports to the masses started with names like Wilma Rudolph and Billie Jean King but has grown to include women like Serena and Venus Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Katie Ledecky. 

Below, we take you through the 36 most iconic female athletes that have helped put women's sports in the spotlight.

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics. She overcame the loss of strength in her left leg and foot, caused by polio at five years old, to become the fastest woman in the world at the 1960 Olympics. She held the records for the 100 meters at 11.2 seconds and 200 meters at 22.9 seconds.

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