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Inside One Woman’s Mission To Change Sports Coverage Forever

There’s more interest in these sports than many believe

This January, American gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman posed for the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This comes just five months after the two led the U.S. to a dominant gold-medal performance in the Summer Olympics—an event which typically provides an increased focus on and platform for women’s sports.

For Americans, that focus generally (but not exclusively) includes women’s track, gymnastics, and the women’s national soccer team—the latter of which is currently battling sanctioning body U.S. Soccer for pay equal to what the less-successful men’s national team receives.

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Famous Athletes Pushing 40—And Pushing Boundaries

The dominance of older athletes is changing the way we think of peak performance and career longevity

In The Who’s legendary hit “My Generation,” Roger Daltrey sings, “I hope I die before I get old.”

That was in 1965. Daltrey and bandmate Pete Townshend, both now in their 70s, still are rocking as The Who and performing spectacular live shows. Getting old barely has slowed them down.

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Usain Bolt Experiences Unexpected, Crushing Defeat

The legendary sprinter’s record is tarnished—and it’s not even his fault

Usain Bolt is down to eight Olympic gold medals. (Photo by J. Brichto via Wikimedia Commons)

Usain Bolt’s triple-triple is no more, and it’s not even his fault.

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UConn Proves Women’s Sports Don’t Need To Come In Second

The women’s basketball program doesn’t take a back seat to the men’s

UConn fans and cheerleaders react to a basket from Crystal Dangerfield of the UConn Huskies against the Baylor Bears on November 17, 2016, in Storrs, Connecticut. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

We here at GOOD Sports have spent December focusing on women’s sports, largely as a counter to the disproportionate amount of coverage men’s sports receives. It’s not difficult to understand how the inequity became reality, but it can be frustrating to see how slowly that reality is changing, if at all. Of course, when it comes to experiencing women playing sports at a high level in front of a passionate fan base and with extensive media coverage, maybe I’m spoiled. After all, I’m from Storrs, Connecticut.

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The United States Has A Lot To Learn From Australia On Women In Sports

Medical expenses, childcare, and a big raise may soon be the new normal

New Zealand faces Australia during the Constellation Cup International Test match on October 20, 2016. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Many professional female athletes are vastly underpaid. Australia is starting to change that.

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This Election Feels Just Like A Game 7 Loss For Sports Fans

Sometimes Red Sox and red states both can make you feel lousy

Hillary Clinton supporters (left) and New York Yankees fans circa 2004 (right) both felt shock. (Photos via Getty Images)

I hate the Boston Red Sox.

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