Today’s Dame of the Day is Miki Gorman (August 9, 1935 – September 19, 2015). Gorman took up long distance running in her 30s and debuted with a 100 mile indoor race. (!!!) Four years later, she won the Boston Marathon and set a new course record. Gorman is the only woman to win both the Boston and New York City marathon twice and is one of two women to ever win both marathons in the same year.
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 Julieta Granada (November 17, 1986). When she was 14, Granada moved from Paraguay with her mother and started competing on the U.S. Junior Golf circuit. At age 18, Granada turned pro and, during her rookie season, won the LPGA’s ADT tournament. With this victory, Granada earned the first $1 million prize purse for women’s golf. In addition to her tour appearances in the United States and Europe, Granada won gold at the 2014 South American Games and won the bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.
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 Irina Krush (December 24, 1983-). Born in Ukraine, Krush moved to Brooklyn, New York with her family when she was five. As a high school student, Krush participated on her school’s competitive chess team. In 1998, Krush won the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, becoming the youngest champion ever at age 14. Since her initial victory, Krush went on to dominate the competition, winning the title in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Kaltouma Nadjina (November 16, 1976-). As a student, Nadjina showed promise as a sprinter; when she got older, a grant from the International Olympic Committee allowed her to leave her native Chad and move to Canada to train full-time. Nadjina holds the Chadian records for the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Danah Al-Nasrallah (March 7, 1988-). In 2004, Al-Nasrallah became the first Kuwaiti woman to compete in the Olympic games; she represented her country as a track and field competitor. Today, she continues her involvement in the running community as an assistant cross country coach in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Juliana Buhring (June 2, 1981-). After growing up in a cult in the English countryside, Buhring escaped and took up long distance cycling. In 2012, she set the record for the Fastest Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Bike; Buhring traveled 18,000 miles over the course of 152 days. Buhring is frequently the sole female competitor in races and she is widely considered one of the best long distance cyclists in the world.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Junko Tabei (September 22, 1939-). While studying English literature in college, Tabei founded the Ladies’ Climbing Club. After climbing Mount Fuji and other large mountains around Japan, Tabei decided to go big. In 1975, she became the first woman to summit Mount Everest and, in 1992, became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits. When she’s not climbing, Tabei continues to champion environmental preservation.
This past week, Hotswag left for Michigan in preparation for his sister’s wedding. He’s spending the week grilling all the foods, swimming in the lake, and (if luck serves him) fixing up his motorcycle for a ride back to New York. His late grandfather left him a Honda cafe racer and, with a little work, he aims to return it to fine working order. The idea of cruising through the Midwestern United States on a bike sounds glorious, and I wish him the best of luck.
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I’m a nervous person, so city rides aren’t for me. While my enthusiasm for motorcycles wanes in inverse proportion to the population (just thinking about riding up First Avenue on a bike floods me with anxiety), there are plenty of badass women cruising urban streets. For the past 18 years, the Miss Fires have recruited women across NYC to share their love of bikes. How do you become a member? All you need is a bike and a valid motorcycle license. Women who are into mopeds, classic cars, and racing bikes are also encouraged to join.
In addition to gaining a new set of riding and drinking buddies, Miss Fires members expand their skill sets with workshops and out-of-city adventures. Recently, some members rode to Connecticut to practice trail riding at a certified clinic. No matter where they ride, the Miss Fires love sharing the stories behind their bikes. Some members have been around since the club’s inception while others are fresh on the scene; member Kristen Reed recently shared her own story in the documentary series Stories of Bike.
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While I think I need to get more comfortable with biking NYC before I spring for a motorcycle of my own, I fully support the Miss Fires and their badass brand of biker sisterhood. Follow them on Facebook or check out their website for frequent updates. Ride on, ladies!