Award-winning sports journalist Nancy Armour interviews icons, Olympians, and trailblazers in this eight-part series exploring how women have revolutionized sports as we know it, and the ripple effects they have on society as a whole. USA TODAY Sports is joined by Laurie Hernandez, Muffet McGraw, Nneka Ogwumike, Doris Burke and more. These women are journalists, coaches, and athletes from a variety of sports, including football, gymnastics, soccer, and BMX freestyle. Each have had very different lives and careers, but every single one of them offers fresh and interesting insight into how women have fought to shape the world of sports, and what they think still needs to be done. From the pressbox to the podium, this is how women are Changing the Game.
Introducing The Sneak: The Disappearance of Mario Rossi
A missing racing genius. A NASCAR drug smuggling scandal. A broken and haunted family. What happened to Mario Rossi?
Simone Manuel Wants to Have a Conversation
As a Black woman in an overwhelmingly white sport, Simone Manuel knows her experiences and opinions on racism and inclusion carry weight. But she’s tired of talking. Addressing systemic racism is a societal problem and, if it’s going to be fixed, everyone needs to be part of the conversation.
Tierna Davidson Upholds the Tradition
When Tierna Davidson earned a spot on last summer’s World Cup squad, she knew what was expected. Dominance on the field, of course, as the defender was the youngest member of the team that won a fourth World Cup title. But strength off of it, too, as Davidson has joined her teammates in using her platform to advocate for women, the LGBTQ community and people of color.
Jen Welter Doesn’t Want to be Last
Jen Welter was the first woman to coach in the NFL, hired five years ago as a training camp assistant with the Arizona Cardinals. But momentous as her hiring was, it’s the women who’ve come after her that make Welter so proud. Being first is great. Not being the last is even better.
Cheyenne Woods Finds Her Way
Cheyenne Woods doesn’t want anyone else to define her. As a professional golfer and with her last name, she knows the questions are unavoidable. But she’s found a way to establish her own identity, to make a mark in her own way.
Chelsea Wolfe Wants In on the (Olympic) Games
Chelsea Wolfe just wants equal treatment. As a female BMX freestyle rider, she and her fellow competitors have been excluded from their sport’s biggest events. As a trans athlete, society has tried to exclude her very existence. When BMX freestyle makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Chelsea wants to be there. For herself, for her sport and for the trans community.
After listening to a few episodes, I’ll continue to listen as an avid sports fan with a sport media background. These are stories that need to be told on a higher platform. This podcast is a great start.
During the McGraw episode, I felt there was a conflict between the messaging and the headline sponsor. Throughout this podcast the message is clear - women breaking barriers and paving the way for more to follow and surpass. That being said, the headline sponsor is a makeup company. I’m not saying these women are against wearing makeup, I’m saying McGraw sharing her desire to empower the women who played for her followed after with a mascara advertisement simply does not match.
Great content - but get rid of this sponsor!
I was thrilled to come across a well produced sports podcast featuring women. But what genius approved a makeup company as a sponsor and, double cringe, a male advertisement promoter for said makeup? The overall message of female empowerment of this show is completely derailed by the producers sellout to a makeup brand - I hope they fix this in the next season.
What sports needs
This is an amazing compilation of people and topics, done by one of the best sports journalists around. Her unique perspective combining amateur and professional sports, popular and Olympic, leads to questions and ideas otherwise not addressed. Highly recommend!