March 8 is the official women’s day. I am not a lot of group feminism, of banners, of purple colors or of well-sounding slogans. Too much political pollution, too much histrionics, and too much marketing. Also, I don’t think that people can be brought together in groups because of their sexual characteristics. Each woman is so diverse, so richly complicated, and so plural that homogenizing them based on sex is just as complicated and useless as trying to understand the cosmos through a thirteenth-century world map. I don’t believe in groups of women protesting. I believe in individual women who set an example with their feats. I believe and I feel motivated. I have the closest example at home: since March 8, 2020, Dr. Mar Sánchez Somolinos has gotten up every day at six in the morning to fight the pandemic from her position at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, without missing a day , without losing the smile. I couldn’t have done it.
It is true that people have a different genetic and morphological inheritance according to our sex, and that this endowment provides greater muscle power for men and gestation capacity for women. But going beyond the barriers of biological laws, and entering the universes of human culture, such as art, sports, politics, science or philosophy, What is the difference between men and women?
Sticking to sport, which is what this blog is about, I am sure that many would point out to me that the difference between male and female sports is brutal. And without a doubt this has been the trend historically, but things are changing and at an accelerated pace. The other day I witnessed a goal on television in which a footballer dribbled at the peak of the area leaving two defenders sitting and took such a threaded shoe that it slipped through the squad. He had it all: strength, speed, aesthetic beauty, refined technique, power and spectacle. A goal that Messi or Modric could have signed, but that was the work of a footballer, a woman.
I know perfectly well that the argument of those who continue to see an insurmountable difference between men and women is that this athlete could not have scored that goal against a first division men’s team, that there is a lot of physical power imbalance. And that may be so, but is football, and by extension sport, a matter of mere physical power? Doesn’t technique, intelligence, attitude and passion prevail? ¿Someone really thinks that a woman cannot develop or surpass Messi’s technique, be smarter than Kross, have more imagination than Mpapé, or show more passion than Sergio Ramos? And on the other hand, does anyone believe that a woman cannot overcome the physical power that Iniesta had?
If you believe it, maybe you should rethink things again. In the fastest ski mode, speed ski, a woman, Valentina Greggio, competing with men, is the candidate to break the absolute speed record on two boards Do you know Edurne Pasaban? There are 14 mountains over 8,000 meters that can give you references. Sarah Fuller became in November 2020 the first woman on a men’s football team, she kicked for the Vanderbilt Commodores with the slogan “Play Like a Girl” and leading her team. In 2015, Jen Welter was hired as a coach for the tough guys. linebackers by the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. And Daniela Guillén, from the KTM Spain team, has become the youngest rider, at just 15 years old, to compete in the MX2 Absolute Spanish Championship this weekend. And I could keep giving you examples until you fill 20 blog posts.
Why, however, has the difference in performance between men and women been so wide to date? By pure statistics. Until not long ago, women have not practiced the same sports disciplines as men, nor with the same resources of material, competition, coaches or social support. Till the date. When the level of participation is equalized, female sports stars in any category will emerge. Do not doubt that you and I will see a FC Barcelona or a Real Madrid captained by a 10 named Elena or Claudia, pulling their teammates in the middle of a Champions League final. It is better that Florentino Pérez is reforming the dressing rooms of the Santiago Bernabéu, it will not be long for female phenomena of world football to reach him. And do you know what the best part will be? That, even if you and me come to surprise, for our children it will be completely normal. For them, whether their sports idols are men or women will be irrelevant.
The date when celebrating International Women’s Day, such as Redhead Day or Gemini Day, is extravagant is very close. Humans are not sexes, colors or nationalities, we are people, singular, unique individuals, each one with full potential, not conditioned by external labels and with no limits other than our own will. There are no differences between men and women. Sport is witnessing that sex, as a distinctive element, is disappearing at the same speed that an ice cream melts in the hot summer. There are no gazelles in the savannah anymore, the lionesses have arrived and are roaring thunderously.
SEVEN MAGNIFICENT LIONS
Valentina Greggio [‘SPEED SKI’]
The fastest woman in the world on skis. Valentina competes in speed ski, where he has set the world speed record with a record of 247.083 kilometers per hour. It adopts a much more compact position than most of the competitors and very few movements, which makes the races seem very calm. Core strength, perfect technique, and a very cool head are part of the package. A very tough opponent for any competitor, male or female.
Daniela guillen [MOTOCRÓS]
A KTM Spain rider, Daniela got on a motorcycle for the first time at the age of three and has never ceased to amaze the motoring world ever since. In the 84cc Spanish Championship Daniela was the only female driver out of 34 competitorsAfter 24 minutes of fighting on the dirt bike, she was proclaimed champion, leaving the rest of the male competitors in the ditch.
Sarah Fuller [FÚTBOL AMERICANO]
On November 28, 2020, Sarah Fuller held the position of kicker on the Vanderbilt University football team. At halftime, the Missouri Tigers were winning the game and Sarah, very unhappy with the attitude of her teammates, harangued them so passionately in the locker room that the coaches’ jaws dropped. Sarah became the first woman to play and score in a Power Five conference, considered the elite conference in college football.
Alice Robinson [ESQUÍ ALPINO]
At the age of eight he began his career in the world of skiing with the Queenstown Alpine Ski Team. After a brilliant start in FIS competitions, in 2018 Alice was selected to participate with the New Zealand national team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. At only 16 years old, he is the youngest Winter Olympian in New Zealand history. In the Aare World Championship he climbed to his first podium, after conquering the second position in the GS of Andorra.
Jade Jones [TAEKWONDO]
From her humble beginnings in Flint, Wales, Jade Jones has become the best taekwondo athlete in the world in the weight class 57 kilos. Proud of her roots, Jade started in this sport thanks to her grandfather, at the age of eight. It is now known as the Head hunter (the headhunter) for his aggressive style and the high marks he receives for his head kicking techniques. She has won every major title and is now focused on winning her third gold at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Her passion is to leave a legacy to women’s sports and youth.
Ashima Shiraishi [ESCALADA]
Just before his 15th birthday, he reached V15 Horizon on Japan’s Mount Hiei and became the first woman and the youngest person to climb it. She has been called the most successful climber in history, having climbed two V15s (a grade no other woman has ever achieved) and multiple V14s. At the 2017 IFSC World Junior Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, Ashima won three medals: gold in Boulder and Sport, and silver in Combined. She is now a three-time defending multi-discipline youth world champion.
Sarah Hoefflin [FREESTYLE]
Sara is the embodiment of the saying “it’s never too late.” At the age of 25, when most female athletes began to think about retirement, Sarah made the leap to professional sports. After graduating in Neuroscience from Cardiff University, he moved to France and began training in the snow. In 2015, she was recruited by the Swiss team coach to join the team, and two years later she finished first in the rankings of slopestyle from the FIS and won his first Crystal Globe. A Meteoric career difficult to see in any other sport.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.