Not Just for Pros: Steroid Use Among Girls

Sports fans know that many sports, at varying times and frequencies, are plagued by the use of steroids.  Steroid scandal has hit professional athletes in track and field, baseball, cycling and gymnastics (to name a few).  While the use of steroids in professional sports is disturbing, of particular concern is the use of steroids in young girls. Syringes via shutterstock...more

5 Reasons to be Excited About Women's Soccer in 2013

Fans of women's soccer had a lot to be thankful for in the last year. 2012 saw the national team take home Olympic gold and also brought the announcement that U.S. Soccer was going to green light a new professional league. With the next World Cup not until 2015 and the Olympics another year after that, some fans might be tempted to hit cruise control with women's soccer. Here are a few reasons to keep track of the game in 2013....more

Is Corporate Greed Chewing Up The Olympics?

If there was a competition for corporate grubbiness ruining sporting events, the Olympics would take gold every time. ...more

The Business of Track & Field Athlete Contracts

I have started this journal entry a dozen times with the themes of "Doors Open and Close", "The Roads Are Open", "A Different Path" and "A New Journey".  Not one of those themes seemed to convey the thoughts and feelings I had regarding what transpired this past week.  I want to note up front that this posting is not to bash on ANY of my previous sponsors.  It is meant as a real world learning experience for future professional track & field athletes.  It will give them a look at what to expect in this business.  I also hope to give sponsors something to think a...more

Renee Metivier-Baillie is Moving on Up (in Distances)

The Chicago Marathon is less than a week away. The course is known for being fast and has become the race for many to debut at the distance. One of the runners making her debut at the marathon distance is Renee Metivier Baillie. Track and field fans are used to seeing her name at the top of the results for cross country and track races....more

NO WINNER: A Disappointing Finish to the 2012 NPF Championships

I can read it now. The record books will say, "The winner of the 2012 NPF Championship Series is... NO TEAM." After 3.10 days of National Professional Fastpitch Championship competition the end result was zilch. We have no winner. And it doesn't look like we'll ever get one....more

Highlight of My Olympics Trip: Watching U.S. Women Win at Wembley

Three weeks ago my plans for the second week of August consisted of work and maybe a spin class or two.  Then a friend gave me a call and asked if by any chance I was interested in attending the second half of the Summer Olympics. He knows I am a huge soccer fan and with his job as a travel agent he had a couple of extra ladies soccer tickets and a hotel if I was interested. Needless to say, I was very interested. So just like that I turned my life upside down and was on my way to London for the week....more

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe: "I'm Gay" (and Why It's a Big Deal)

In an interview last week with, Megan Rapinoe, a member of the U.S. women's national soccer team, acknowledged that she is gay. For those who follow women's soccer closely, this was hardly news -- it was no bigger shock than the report a few days ago when Anderson Cooper decided to state the obvious....more

The Fight for Women and Girls in Sport Did Not End With Title IX

This Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a piece of legislation that has done more to open up sports and athletics to women and girls than just about anything else. Despite the progress, there is still a long way to go. Women’s sports have yet to achieve parity and discrimation still exists in many areas....more

13-Year-Old Winter Vinecki is Competing for a Cause

By Laura LandgreenIt was May 1st, 2011 and I was standing on the starting line of the Eugene Half Marathon beside a small, athletic-looking pre-teen with a neat blonde braid.  When the gun went off, so did she.  A man running beside me uttered between strides, “You’ll never see that one again!  Most kids sprint and fade, but she’s tough!”...more
What a great story. It made me cry (in such a good way).more