Nina Kuscsik: How One Woman Forever Changed The Sport Of Running

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Until the 1970s women were barred from participating in marathons in the USA.  The running world was dubbed the “Boys Club”.  According to Nina Kuscsik “They said our uteruses would fall out”.

Nina Kuscsik is a pioneer.  She advocated for rule changes in the sport of running so that women could be included.

Born in 1939, Nina competed in cycling and skating in her youth.  It was a $1 copy of Bill Bowerman’s instructional book “Jogging” that inspired Nina to become a runner.

Nina trained for, and ran in, the 1969 Boston Marathon.  She was listed as an unofficial runner because women were not allowed to enter.  Her finish time did not appear in the results.  This sparked Nina’s desire to spearhead a movement.

Nina attended the Amateur Athletic Union’s annual conference in 1971 where she presented a proposal for an end to the ban on women.  The committee agreed to allow “certain women” to run, but still required a separate women’s start.

Along with seven other women, Nina ran under the new AAU rules for the 1972 Boston Marathon.  Her time of 3:10:26 was officially recorded.  This made Nina the first female champion.

On June 3, 1972 the first all-women’s road race was founded.  A few months later, at the 1972 New York City Marathon, Nina and five other women protested women’s separate-start status.  The story went to press and the ladies resumed their run.  Nina and runner Pat Barrett finished all four and a half loops of Central Park.  Nina was the first woman to complete marathons in New York and Boston in the same year.

At the 1972 AAU convention, Nina continued to advocate on the behalf of women.  Her lawyer demanded that the “separate but equal” starting line requirement be taken off the books.  Nina won the case and the rule was dropped.

Now, at age 77, Nina has completed 80 marathons.

(nyrr.org)

Faith It Until You Make It

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Kim Glass: You Just Got Served

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Volleyball is in Kim Glass’ blood.  The 6’3 outside hitter was named Gatorade State Player of the Year at Conestoga Valley High School, in Lancaster Pennsylvania.  At the University of Arizona, she went on to become a four-time All-Pac-10 pick and three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American.  Her record breaking accomplishments landed her a spot with the U.S. National Volleyball team.

In her first Olympic appearance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kim helped Team USA to a silver medal win.

As if her storied volleyball career were not enough, Kim also models.  She auditioned for Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model” five times before landing between the pages of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Kim is currently a Personal Trainer at Unbreakable Performance.

 

 

 

Rosie Napravnik: Jockey-ing for position

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There was a time when being a jockey was a man’s thing.  Thanks in large part to women like Rosie Napravnik the landscape of the sport has evolved.

Rosie is synonymous with horses.  She has been on, and around, horses since she was a toddler.

Rosie has accomplished things few others have.  She is the first female rider to capture the Louisiana Derby, the sixth woman to ride and place in the Kentucky Derby, and the first woman to win the Kentucky Oaks.

On being a female jockey: “I don’t feel like I paved the way for females in the industry.  There will always be an issue in racing-especially for a jockey.  After establishing that I was capable, I was not lacking opportunities.”

Rosie announced her retirement in 2014, as she and husband, trainer Joe Sharp, were expecting their first child.

The Time Is Now!

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