Let’s have a look at some of the most famous female athletes in the history of sports.
Billie Jean King (1943, US, tennis)
Having won a total of 38 Grand Slam titles, including 12 single titles, in 1973, Billie Jean Kingwon the famous battle of the sexes against Bobby Riggs, which was an early advocate of equality for women.
Lottie Dod (1871-1960, England, golf, archery, tennis)
Lottie Dod won Wimbledon singles champions for five times. She also won silver medal archery at 1908 Olympics as well as the British Ladies amateur golf title. She played field hockey for England, too.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956, US, athletics, golf)
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a ground-breaking female athlete who succeed in pro basketball, golf, and track and field as well.
Fanny Blankers-Koen (1918-2004, Netherlands, athletics)
In 1948, Fanny Blankers-Koen won four Olympics gold medals at 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, and 4*100m relay.
Larisa Latynina (1934, Soviet Union, gymnastics)
Between 1956 and 1964, Larisa Latyninawon 14 individual gymnastic gold medals and four team medals, which was a record for a female at the Olympics.
Martina Navratilova (1956, Czech/US, tennis)
Martina Navratilova won177 titles in total, including 18 grand slam titles and 31 major doubles titles, which made her the most successful tennis player of the open era.
Sonja Henie (1912-1969, Norway, figure skating)
Sonja Henie was a three times Olympic Champion, in 1928, 1932, and 1936. She was also the highest paid actress in the history of Hollywood.
Beryl Burton (1937-1996)
Beryl Burton was the world track championships for five times and road champion twice. On the domestic field, Burton also dominated the best all-rounder competition for 25 consecutive years, which was higher than the men’s record at the time.
Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994, US, track and field)
Wilma Rudolph won three Olympic gold medals at the 1960 Olympic Games at the 100m, 200m, and 4*100m relay. She helped to elevate women’s track to a key presence in the US.