We must dismantle the grandfathered-in systemic advantages that male athletes and male-dominated sports infrastructures continue to enjoy.
Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.
The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.
Known primarily as an uneven bars specialist, Lee turned in a grace-under-pressure performance for the ages during Tuesday’s team final.
Day 2 of the event on Sunday night in St. Louis will determine which American gymnasts will be among Simone Biles’s supporting cast at the Tokyo Games.
Yes, Simone Biles is a lock to be one of the six American women heading to Tokyo next month, but there is also quite a bit of suspense at the trials in St. Louis.
Changes in the sport, which is still struggling to recover from a sexual abuse scandal, were evident at a championship event in Texas.
Biles cruised to a record seventh U.S. title on Sunday. The team that will join her in Tokyo is starting to take shape, too.
The coronavirus disrupted lives around the world and sent the gymnast Sunisa Lee, the swimmer Rudy Garcia-Tolson, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Lewis on unexpected journeys.
Sunisa Lee was afraid she was infected with the coronavirus. She emerged from isolation with renewed resilience and a brand-new outlook on training.
Sunisa Lee had been ecstatic to return to her gym at the start of June. Then came tumult in Minnesota and the death of two close relatives. “I just want this year to be over. I’m so ready for 2021.”
Sunisa Lee, 17, had stellar showings at the national and world championships, and her sights on making the U.S. women’s Olympic team. Those plans are now up in the air.
Female gymnasts often compete at younger ages than their Olympic peers and have a far more concentrated opportunity at the top. Into that intense world dropped the coronavirus pandemic.