Female athletes deserve recognition for success, achievements

By Anthony Garcia

February 11, 2014

I love sports.

No, really, sports are one of the most important sources of entertainment in my life.

It really doesn’t matter what the sport is. Whether I’m watching basketball, football, baseball or soccer, I’m a huge fan of the drama and the stories that each sport produces.

For me, that enthusiasm and interest in sports even expands past genders. I’m a huge fan of Serena Williams, love watching Abby Wambach score goals and enjoy seeing Danica Patrick race past the others on the racetrack.

There are female stars in sports everywhere, especially in soccer. Yet, their male counterparts dwarf their popularity by no fault of their own.

When you think of basketball, you think of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and maybe down the line you’ll remember that Candace Parker is one of the best female players in the world.

When you picture a soccer match, you automatically imagine Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling circles around defenders, you picture Lionel Messi streaking down the field but you may not envision Alex Morgan making a spectacular shot.

We as Americans and consumers of popular media tend to place a greater emphasis on the male side of sports, which is certainly understandable.

Watching Jay Cutler throw four touchdowns or four interceptions is exciting and thrilling to watch, just as seeing Justin Verlander dominate batters is impressive. But, female athletes surely deserve more recognition than they currently receive.

Here are just a few things that have occurred in the world of female sports that you may or may not of heard:

  • Abby Wambach became the second highest scorer in women’s U.S. soccer history and captured her second gold medal.
  • Lindsey Vonn won four out of the last five World Cups championships in skiing.
  • Maria Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam when she won the French Open while also raking in $26.7 million over her career.
  • Danica Patrick has a record 12 Super Bowl commercial appearances while also finishing eighth in the Daytona 500 in 2013.

All of these things are courtesy of female athletes and it really is shame that many of these great stories are put on the back burner since they aren’t about the guys.

We aren’t immune to that kind of attention here at Dominican, either.

I do find it interesting that women’s basketball games aren’t as well attended as the men’s games are are, even though they play their games right after each other and in the same location too.

Women athletes deserve to be celebrated as much as the men do, since they also push themselves to physical limits and achievements that many of us could only hope to achieve.

Heck, I hope to be able to get a workout in if I can find the time, let alone win a gold medal on a world stage.