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Who in the world are these women and how in the world did they get voted ahead of Danica in the AP's female athlete of the year? Oh yeah, congrats to Serena.

http://www.cbssports.com/tennis/story/12695509/serena-easily-wins-v...

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Not sure on Shin and Sloan. I'd suspect Hamlin was voted in since she basically single handedly got the US qualified for the 2010 Olympics in Luge. I think a lot of it can also be attributed to the fact Danica simply didn't get the exposure in 2009 that she did in 2008. In 08 she was riding the media attention from winning at Motegi and the confrontation with Briscoe, this year aside from the P3 at Indy, which was overshadowed by the Helio sage, the media crush didn't come until the off season. I've venture to guess that had the NASCAR announcement come in late-October or early-November, she'd have been getting votes. I don't think there is any doubt we'll see her in the voting next year, and if she she is able to win a race or two she'll probably win the whole thing.
I've only ever heard of Erin Hamlin. Sloan and Shin are totally new names to me.
CNNSI's top 20 female athletes of the decade, plus 10 more who just missed the cut.....no Danica

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/magazine/specials/2000s/12/19...
That is unusual, and very disappointing. Especially considering that Danica has been on the SI cover twice, more than any other female athlete in the magazines history. Sports Illustrated really dropped the ball on this one.
Damon,
Danica declined to pose for SI this year. She obviously had a lot going on with her contracts. SI uses models the way the industry uses them. Models are supposed to come when called. So-- to SI, Danica became a non-person. And she will be treated as such in the future for the next thousand years. Who said life was fair? And art people have every right to be a bit _itchy when models don't show up. So don't wonder why she didn't register in that list, it's just life.
Just to clear that up a bit, Danica did not decline to pose for SI for their 2010 swimsuit issue, she was never offered a spot this year. SI didn't want to feature the same person in the magazine 3 years in a row, her being involved two consectutive years (2008, 2009) was surprise enough. I can tell you that SI never contacted Danica in regards to this year issue though. If you search back through her Twitter posts a few months ago, someone actually asked her if she was going to do it again, and she said they haven't asked her.

In light of yesterday's AP Female of the year voting, just thought I'd bump this thread from last year and ask the age-old question. Why do people hate women's sports so much? A horse takes 2nd in the female athlete of the year voting for the second consective year? Really?

 

http://www.cbssports.com/general/story/14460738/vonn-first-skier-to...

I worked in with a division 1 NCAA women's basketball program for several years and you are correct, female athletes get no respect, regardless of the fact that they work just as hard, if not harder, than their male counterparts.  Looking at the UConn women's basketball team and their current streak, I think they are starting to garner a little more attention/respect for women in sports, a big part of it though, is that women just don't get the marketing push that the men do.  Never has an NBA team had to stick a corporate logo on their uniforms, but we see that in the WNBA every day, sponsorships are just that hard to sell for the WNBA.  Athletes like Danica, Diana Taurisi, Jennie Finch & Lindsey Vonn are receiving a ton of marketing attention, but as a whole, you just don't see the same effort when it comes to women, especially with team sports.  It's a sad state when the highest grossing female team sport in the United States in 2010 is the Lingerie Football League, when we have some outstanding professional women's softball and soccer, which are programs that the majority of the general public doesn't even know about.

Back 23 years ago I coached Little League Girls softball with my two daughters. This was a total uphill battle to get respect for our girls, I was told Little League was for boys,not girls. I spent 11 years at this and within a couple of years we began to get respect and actually were treated as equals. This treatment of women is why I am such a Danica fan especially in the NASCAR ranks, and after the last 2 races I think the good old boys are beginning to treat Danica with some much needed respect. These guys need to understand that getting beat by a women should not break their precious EGO'S, that being said don't wreck her just try and out drive her.Race her CLEAN and she will race you clean or as some have found out she just might retaliate!!
!!Reggie said:

I worked in with a division 1 NCAA women's basketball program for several years and you are correct, female athletes get no respect, regardless of the fact that they work just as hard, if not harder, than their male counterparts.  Looking at the UConn women's basketball team and their current streak, I think they are starting to garner a little more attention/respect for women in sports, a big part of it though, is that women just don't get the marketing push that the men do.  Never has an NBA team had to stick a corporate logo on their uniforms, but we see that in the WNBA every day, sponsorships are just that hard to sell for the WNBA.  Athletes like Danica, Diana Taurasi, Jennie Finch & Lindsey Vonn are receiving a ton of marketing attention, but as a whole, you just don't see the same effort when it comes to women, especially with team sports.  It's a sad state when the highest grossing female team sport in the United States in 2010 is the Lingerie Football League, when we have some outstanding professional women's softball and soccer, which are programs that the majority of the general public doesn't even know about.

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/7372069/abby-wambach-us-...

 

Check out who got 2 votes this year in AP Female Athlete of the Year voting? I'm shocked, but pleasantly surprised.....on the other hand, the AP once again shows that some of those who vote shouldn't be allowed too.

 

The last 2 years have seen a horse finish 2nd in the voting, now a coach - A COACH - is getting votes with actual athletes (BTW- Carmelita Jeter BELONGS on this list, but because track isn't that big until the Olympics she isn't...bummer), absolutely ridiculous.

I see something happening here, Danica erases a record in NASCAR that has been on the books for many years and everyone expects her to do it. I beleive it has come to the point where in racing, Danica will be held to a different standard. Maybe by expectation, Danica has changed the way the world looks at her as a racer? What would be an astounding feat by another women in racing is normal/expected for Danica?

Agreed, it's been that way for her since she finished 4th at Indy in 2005 and it's a credit to her for handling everything that has come with it over the last 7 years as the "face of the sport", both positive and negative.

 


Thomas Eng said:

I see something happening here, Danica erases a record in NASCAR that has been on the books for many years and everyone expects her to do it. I beleive it has come to the point where in racing, Danica will be held to a different standard. Maybe by expectation, Danica has changed the way the world looks at her as a racer? What would be an astounding feat by another women in racing is normal/expected for Danica?

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