Researching champions of women’s athletics on the internet is an exercise in patience. Scores of women will be touted as the “sexiest”, “hottest” or the “most popular” athletes, but when it comes to records of pure, physical accomplishments, such names prove rather difficult to find.
Despite what a quick Googling might lead you to believe, female athletes continue to break barriers in many sports, and it’s possible that mixed leagues are in our immediate future. Such an event is not entirely unforeseeable: throughout history many women have excelled in numerous sports, even exceeding the accomplishments of their male counterparts. We look back at some of the finest.