The Americans have a useful word – derived from Yiddish – to describe the actions of the US women’s soccer team there, chutzpah. If it were not for gender discrimination absolutely none of these women would be playing international soccer. They wouldn’t even be playing club games, nor even college. And yet the demand is that there must be gender parity.
One thing that would be useful. Anyone got any more examples here?
As has been pointed out about Florence Joyner Griffiths when she got her Olympic medal in world record time. That time would have got her, in that same year, fourth place in the Bronx High School competition among men. Or when the Matildas, the Oz women’s soccer team, played the colts side (say, 14 to 15 year olds) of an Oz professional men’s club they lost 7 Nil. The Williams sisters both lost, horrendously, to a man ranked 200 and more in the world at the time.
Did Rhonda Rousey go through with that UFC fight against a bloke? Any other examples of tip toppers in women’s sport failing dismally in open competition?