Today’s Dame of the Day is Hilary Knight (July 12, 1989-). As a kid growing up in Illinois, Knight spent plenty of time on the ice playing hockey. After high school, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, led the school’s women’s hockey team to a national championship, and scored the most career points of any lady Badger to date. Following graduation, Knight began playing professionally and represented the United States at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics; she won two silver medals.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Katerina Izmailova (June 10, 1977-). As an Olympic athlete, Izmailova is one of a handful of people to represent her native Tajikistan at the games.. This swimmer competed at the 2000, 2008, and 2012 Olympics.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Alia Atkinson (December 11, 1988-). As a swimmer, Atkinson represents her native Jamaica and competed at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. Atkinson’s specialty is the 100 meter breaststroke, a distance she won at the 2014 Short Course World Championships. With this victory, Atkinson became the first black woman to win a world swimming title.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Eileen Coparoppa (March 31, 1981-). After attending college in the United States, she returned to her home country of Panama to train as a freestyle swimmer. Over the course of her career, Coparoppa represented Panama at three consecutive Olympic Games. She also won a silver and bronze medal at the Pan American Games.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Tatyana McFadden (April 21, 1989-). Born with spina bifida in Russia, McFadden lived in an orphanage until age six. Once she was adopted by a family in Baltimore, Maryland, she dabbled in a variety of sports. As she grew older, she demonstrated a tremendous talent for wheelchair racing. In 2013, she became the first person to ever win the Los Angeles, London, Chicago and New York Marathons in the same year. During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, McFadden won the silver medal for the 1k cross country skiing event.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Joan Benoit-Samuelson (May 16, 1957-). 17 days before the 1984 Olympic marathon trials, Benoit-Samuelson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery; she recovered in time to win the race and secure a spot on the Olympic team. At the Olympics, Benoit-Samuelson won the gold medal for the first-ever running of the women’s marathon. To date, she still holds the fastest times for American women at the Chicago and Olympic marathons.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Veronica Campbell-Brown (May 15, 1982-). As a 100 and 200 meter sprinter, she holds three gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. In 2008, she became the second woman to ever win back to back gold medals in the 200 meters. She is also one of nine athletes worldwide to win a world championship athletic event at the youth, junior, and senior level.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Nicola Adams (October 26, 1982-). Adams started boxing at age 13 and worked the English circuit while financing her career as a builder and a soap opera extra. The ICC supported funding for women’s boxing in 2009, so Adams began fighting every chance she could. With the inclusion of women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics, Adams became the first woman and first openly LGBT person to win a gold medal for boxing.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Jackie Joyner-Kersee (March 3, 1962-). Although she struggled with asthma, Joyner-Kersee was able to overcome the impediment and qualified for the Olympic trials when she was in high school. Competing as a heptathlete and a long jumper, she won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals over the span of four Olympic Games. To this day, Joyner-Kersee still holds the Olympic and world record for the heptathlon. After her retirement, she remained on the Board of Directors for USA Track and Field and pursued several philanthropic projects.