Women who changed the history of sport

08/03/2021

March 8 is International Women's Day, so we remember some of the many sportswomen who changed history in their disciplines and have become true sports legends.

We kick off with Lucy Harris, who became the first and only woman in history to be part of a men's team in the NBA. The Jazz, at that time from New Orleans, selected her in the seventh round of the 1977 Draft, Lucy declined sometime later because she was pregnant, even so, she is considered a historical figure of the sport because she was also the second woman coach when she served as an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Of course, in this list, we could not fail to mention Serena Williams, who is one Grand Slam title away from reaching Margaret Court's 24, the most dominant tennis player in major tournaments. The American has not only been characterized by her dominance in the white sport but also for her outstanding physical power, for being the face of one of the most important sports brands in the world, and has become a social leader thanks to her character and mentality.

Last but not least, the Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who lived a very complicated childhood due to the Second World War but thanks to destiny found refuge in Ballet and Gymnastics, the latter immortalized her in the history of the Olympic Games. Between 1956 and 1964, Latynina became the most dominant athlete, winning 18 Olympic medals: 9 golds, 5 silvers, and 4 bronzes, the largest harvest of medals until the appearance of Michael Phelps.

By Mexicanist