Is it my imagination, or has the "face" of women's athletics changed drastically over the years?
I'm a child of the 60s and 70s. I personally knew very few females who played sports. The ones who did were usually dubbed "Tomboys."
There was a bit of a stigma associated with it.
Don't get me wrong, there were some tremendous female athletes on the national and international level during those years -- Althea Gibson, Kathy Whitworth, Olga Korbut, and of course, perhaps the best of them all, Billie Jean King.
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I'm not just talking about the beach volleyball players, who wear possibly the smallest bikinis I've ever seen (I'm not complaining). I actually noticed most of these women during the opening ceremonies, when they were all completely covered and wearing sweatsuits.
These women are truly beautiful. Breathtakingly so. Long, flowing hair, incredible skin, searing eyes, and makeup (something none of the aforementioned women would EVER wear during competition).
So what happened to change the female athlete from looking like the 1972 East German swim team to looking like they just stepped off the pages of Vogue and onto the sports field?
I have a theory.
A few weeks ago was the 30th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that guaranteed equality for women in sports. Participation since then has skyrocketed. There are more women in competitive sports now that at any time in history.
Because of that, it only stands to reason that, with more and more women playing sports, there would naturally be more and more attractive women playing sports, right?
I also think that women athletes have seen Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova, and Danica Patrick parlay their looks, combined with their talent, into multi-million dollar marketing and sponsorship opportunities. So if you have athletic talent, why not highlight your other physical attributes if it can help make you more money?
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Well, trust me when I say that many of these women have quite a few "strengths" to show off.