Caroline Ouellette is a current member of the Canadian women’s national team and the CWHL’s Montreal Stars. Ouellette scored 229 points in her time at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, bringing her in the Top 10 in all-time NCAA scoring. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, a five-time gold medalist and a four-time silver medalist at the World Championships, and a two-time Clarkson Cup champion. This makes her one of the three women to join the Triple Gold Club for winning the Clarkson Cup, an Olympic gold medal, and a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships.
Cassie Campbell captained the Canadian women’s national team to gold in both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. After retiring in 2006, Campbell became the first woman to do color commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. In 2009, she received the honor of running part of the torch relay for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Additionally, Campbell works as a motivational speaker and does lots of charity work in the Toronto area.
Congratulations to Abby Wambach for becoming the leader in international goals scored with 160! What a legend!
Christine Sinclair currently plays for the Portland Thorns FC. She captained the Canadian Women’s National Team to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. That same year, Sinclair received the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s athlete of the year and the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s female athlete of the year. Currently, she is third overall in all-time international goals scored by a female player with 145 goals.
Katie Ledecky was only 15 years old when she qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. She won the gold medal in the 800m freestyle, setting the American record in the process. At the Golden Goggle Awards, Ledecky was awarded the 2012 Best Female Performance of the Year and the Breakout Performer of the Year. She still swims for her high school team in Bethesda, Maryland.
As a young girl, Cammi Granato was first introduced to the game of hockey through her brothers. The eldest, Tony, would go on to play in the NHL. But Cammi loved hockey, she was passionate about it, and she more than held her own against her brothers. Granato played in an all-boys league from kindergarten until her junior year of high school, experiencing some things that her brother admits “weren’t a whole lot of fun for her”. But her talent didn’t go unnoticed, and Providence College awarded her a scholarship to play for them. Granato represented the United States in every international tournament from 1990 to 2005. She won a gold medal in 1998 and a silver in 2002. In 1997, the New York Islanders invited her to attend training camp, but she declined (and with good reason - the Islanders are dumb). Granato was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008, the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, and the following year became one of the first two women to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A Washington Post columnist by the name of Michael Wilbon once described Mia Hamm as “Perhaps the most important athlete of the past 15 years”, and he certainly wasn’t exaggerating. Hamm retired in 2004, but she still holds the record for the most international goals of any soccer player, male or female, in the history of soccer (158). She was named the FIFA World Player of the Year in both 2001 and 2002, and won two gold and one silver Olympic medals. Annually, Hamm holds a celebrity soccer game in LA to raise money for families needing marrow and cord blood transplants. She was the hero for thousands of kids, male and female, who picked up a soccer ball for the first time thanks to her. Mia Hamm truly made it cool for women to play sports.
A graduate of Stanford University, Sally Jenkins has gone on to make a name for herself as one of the most amazing sports writers of her generation. Currently, Jenkins writes for The Washington Post, and formerly she was a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Also, she’s written nine books, three of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2002, she was awarded the Associated Press' Columnist of the Year Award.
University of Southern California grad Rebecca Soni has won six Olympic medals in her swimming career. Soni currently holds the world record in the 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, and the 4x100m medley relay. She was named Swimming World’s World Swimmer of the Year Award in 2010 and 2011 and the American Swimmer of the Year Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
At just 22 years old, Brittney Griner has already made a name for herself as one of the best basketball players ever. During her time at Baylor University, Griner became the first NCAA player ever to score 2000 points and block 500 shots. She led her team to become the 2012 NCAA Champions and was named the AP Division I Player of the Year and awarded the ESPY for Best Female Athlete that same year. At the 2013 WNBA Draft, she was drafted first overall by the Phoenix Mercury, where she has already matched the WNBA dunk record. Griner has also come out as lesbian and says that she is passionate about bringing the issue of bullying (particularly toward the LGBT community) into the public eye.