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Trans swimmer Lia Thomas has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award

The University of Pennsylvania athlete shot to fame earlier this year when she became the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history. Thomas has garnered international attention over the past year thanks to her world-record efforts in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events.

Lia Thomas finishes the 200 yard Freestyle for the University of Pennsylvania at an Ivy League swim meet against Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on Jan. 22, 2022.

Thomas not only broke records for the NCAA season but also dominated the Ivy League women’s championships, taking first place in the 100-, 200-, and 500-yard freestyle events. She also made history by becoming the first trans athlete to win an NCAA Division I championship.

The prize winner won’t be revealed until January 2023 (until the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics has made a decision).

However, Thomas stated during an appearance with Good Morning America that even her nomination would face opposition.

Trans Swimming Champion Lia Thomas Is Nominated For Woman Of The Year

She pre-emptively responded to her critics: “I don’t need anybody’s permission to be myself. You can’t go halfway and be like, ‘I support trans people but only to a certain point.

“If you support transwomen and they’ve met all the NCAA requirements, I don’t know if you can say something like that. Trans women are not a threat to women’s sport,” the young athlete added.

The remarks come at a time when the success of the University of Pennsylvania students has been a hot subject in the sporting world. Some detractors contend that she shouldn’t be permitted to compete against cisgender women because of the unfair biological advantage that comes with being born a man.

Trans swimmer Lia Thomas nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award

Thomas continued by claiming that she has actually lost muscle mass as a result of the change. Despite worries about how hormone replacement treatment might affect her physique and her ability to participate in her sport, Thomas started it in 2019 after coming out to her friends and family.

After a year of hormone replacement medication, Thomas was allowed to join the women’s swim team in compliance with NCAA regulations.

The swimmer was nominated for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award by her college as a show of defiance against any such criticism Thomas and her accomplishments have received.

NCAA’s Woman of the Year award recognizes “female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics, and in academics throughout their college careers.”

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year award  by Penn | PhillyVoice

The athlete also declared her intention to take part in the 2024 Olympics. Thomas, however, would not be able to participate as things stand since transgender athletes who did not transition before they reached puberty are no longer permitted to compete, according to FINA, the world swimming governing body.

Source: vt.co

Cheating mother shoves mom rival off feet to win a race at daughter’s school

A now-viral video shows the shocking moment a cheating British mother knocked another mother to the ground in order to win a contest at her daughter’s school. It goes without saying that the intensely competitive parent would have done anything to succeed.

"I told my daughter I would be number one, so I had to be!" said Katie McDermott.

“I told my daughter I would be number one, so I had to be!” Katie McDermott, 25, told SWNS of the incident, which occurred while she was racing against other parents and kids during the school’s sports day in Coventry.

The race seems to be going smoothly in the now-viral Facebook video, with everyone having fun and remaining in their lanes. But when McDermott senses that the win is about to be taken from her, she takes matters into her own hands and knocks Chelsey Walford, another mother, to the ground.

Tell me I ain't a competitive parent 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂 Chelsey Walford

Posted by Katie McDermott on Wednesday, July 13, 2022

McDermott shared the video on July 13, along with the caption: “Tell me I ain’t a competitive parent.”

Writing in the post’s comments section, McDermott said that she “had to win”, but her knee-length dress was “restricting” her movement – hence to underhanded tactics. But hey, a win’s a win!

Many of the commenters found the footage hilarious, with one person writing: “That’s totally unfair but bloody brilliant.”

Katie shared a picture showing Walford’s leg with a cool pack around her knee:

“She’s fine guys,” Katie joked, followed by laughing emojis.

There have undoubtedly been many memorable sports day incidents this summer. Last month, another mom gained attention after falling during the parent race at her child’s school.

The incident that occurred when 36-year-old mother Katie Hannaford chose to participate in her daughter’s school sports day was shared on Facebook.

When the kids got more at sports day than they were expecting! Haha If you can’t laugh at yourself then what’s life about ay!Sorry kiddo’s and anyone else watching! 🤣🤣🤣

Posted by Katie Hannaford on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sadly, Hannaford loses her footing as she sprints off the starting line and falls to the ground face first. Even worse, her blue dress flips over her body, exposing her bum and underwear to the curious parents, kids, and teachers in the audience.

She hilariously posted a video to Facebook with the caption: “When the kids got more at sports day than they were expecting! Haha!”

Source: vt.co

Smiling WNBA star Brittney Griner is pictured behind bars in Russian Court

Before being jailed in Russia for cannabis possession, Brittney Griner received approval from US health professionals to use the substance medicinally, a court has heard. After entering a guilty plea to the allegations of narcotics possession, the US basketball star returned to court in Moscow on Friday.

Detained WNBA star Brittney Griner was pictured smiling as she wore a Nirvana t-shirt

Griner was shown grinning while holding up a photo of her teammates and donning a Nirvana t-shirt.

On the day of the court hearing, she was afterward observed being carried out of her cell by Russian security.

The visiting doctor recommended using medical marijuana, Brittney. Russian official news outlet RIA Novosti cited attorney Maria Blagovolina as saying, “The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health.”

Griner is one of the most prominent female athletes in the US, a standout for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medallist

According to the RIA-Novosti story, the defense also provided results of tests she submitted as part of an anti-doping investigation. No illegal chemicals were found in her system, according to the tests.

The Khimki district court, located just outside of Moscow, set a hearing date for July 26 for Griner’s case.

In February, Griner was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport in the Russian capital after customs agents allegedly discovered vape canisters carrying cannabis oil in her luggage.

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and later charged with illegal possession of cannabis

She admitted having the canisters in court but said she did not intend to commit a crime and that she had packed her suitcase hastily, which is why they were there. She might spend up to 10 years behind bars.

Admitting guilt does not immediately conclude a trial under Russia’s legal system.

Griner is a star for the Phoenix Mercury and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is one of the most well-known female athletes in the US.

Griner was arrested at the Russian capital's Sheremetyevo Airport in February when customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil

It has been said by US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken that they are doing all in their power to secure her release as well as the release of other Americans who the US believes Russia has wrongfully jailed, including former Marine Paul Whelan.

The intense hostility between Washington and Moscow over its military operation in Ukraine may limit Washington’s ability to influence events.

According to Russian media, Griner might be exchanged for Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, also known as “the Merchant of Death,” who is currently serving a 25-year prison term in the US after being found guilty of conspiring to assassinate US citizens and lending support to a terrorist group.

Russian media have speculated that Griner could be swapped for Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, nicknamed 'the Merchant of Death'

Russia has pushed for Bout’s release for years, but due to the vast disparity in the seriousness of their respective cases, Washington may find such an exchange intolerable.

Others have suggested that Griner and Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia for an espionage conviction that the US has called a set-up, could be switched.

Griner’s situation is now under the control of the government’s special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, who is essentially the government’s top hostage negotiator after the State Department declared her to have been illegally arrested. Russia has taken issue with the categorization.

When asked whether Griner could be exchanged for a Russian detained in the US, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov responded that ‘there are no official or procedural reasons to talk about any further measures’ until her trial is over.

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner talks to her lawyers from inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at the Khimki Court

It is “impossible to engage in an extensive discussion of any prospective conversations,” Mr. Ryabkov cautioned, citing US criticism such as the assertion that Griner was unjustly jailed and disparaging remarks about the Russian justice system.

The fact that Griner’s detention has been authorized beyond December 20 suggests that the trial may drag on for several weeks. However, Griner’s attorneys stated that they anticipate a resolution at the start of August.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Simone Biles Hilariously Gets Mistaken for a Child and Offered a Coloring Book on Flight

Simone Biles may be the world’s most decorated gymnast, a four-time Olympic gold medalist but she can still go incognito at times.

Last week, the 25-year-old was mistaken for a youngster on a flight after not being identified by a flight attendant. In an Instagram story, Biles described the humorous incident and how a flight attendant had provided her a colouring book to pass the time.

Credit: Instagram/@simonebiles

On her Instagram Story, the 4-foot-8-inch gymnast posted a selfie of herself looking less than impressed and wrote, “not the flight attendant trying to give me me a coloring book when I board…..I said ‘no I’m good I’m 25.’ “

With her 19 gold medals from the World Championships and four Olympic gold medals, Biles is undoubtedly a household name. Additionally, she expanded her collection of medals earlier this month when President Joe Biden presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for 2022.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CfubgFqJ1QD/ jowens_3 Verified Words can’t explain how proud i am of you, this has been such a surreal experience to watch you receive your Presidential Medal of Freedom, and be the youngest to ever receive one at that! You’re one of the strongest people i know and are so deserving, I’m so blessed to be able to experience this with you. You motivate me more everyday to be the best version of myself. Such a inspiration, i love you so much babe ❤️ 1h

According to the White House, Biles was recognised not only for her physical talent but also for her support of “[athletes’] mental health and safety, children in the foster care system, and victims of sexual assault.”

Jonathan Owens, her fiance, joined her in the celebration of her significant achievement.

“You’re one of the strongest people I know and are so deserving, I’m so blessed to be able to experience this with you. You motivate me more everyday to be the best version of myself. Such a inspiration, I love you so much babe,” Owens, 26, wrote on Instagram.

Credit: Alamy

The couple announced their engagement on Instagram in February, one day after Valentine’s Day.

“THE EASIEST YES,” Biles captioned a gallery of photos, which started with a candid of Owens, 26, kneeling down on one knee. “I can’t wait to spend forever & ever with you, you’re everything I dreamed of and more! let’s get married FIANCÉ 💍🥺🥲🤎 @jowens_3.”

The Houston Texans player posted his own set of proposal photos writing, “Woke up this morning with a fiancée 💍❤️.” 

Since then, wedding plans have been high on Biles’ mind.

“Right now, wedding planning is going pretty good,” Biles told PEOPLE exclusively in April. “I feel like I’ve only become stressed out within the last week, trying to choose a venue and stuff like that, because there are so many great places to get married, and I feel like that’s a really big decision.” 

In May, she shared with her Instagram followers that they picked a location and date for the 2023 ceremony. “One step closer to becoming Mrs. Owens,” Biles captioned a photo of the two posing on the beach.

After Biles posted a picture of the two on Instagram in August 2020, the athletes made their official relationship debut. She captioned the adorable gallery, which featured two photographs of her and Owens smiling and cuddling, “It’s just us.”

The news was released shortly after the two first spoke in March 2020, during the start of the COVID-19 epidemic.

“It was one of the few times in [Simone’s] life where everything was just shut off and she couldn’t do anything,” Owens told Today on how the two started their relationship. “So we used it to get to know each other — really get to know each other. It created our bond and made it stronger. Now I’m so thankful.”

Source: people.com

Novak Djokovic’s Wife Lashes Out Online Over His Vaccination Beliefs

The tennis player had a whirlwind of a year and got off to a bad start in January when his long-winded attempt to compete in the Australian Open ultimately resulted in his deportation because he hadn’t received the Covid-19 vaccine.

The story gained significant international attention, and the Serbian was criticized by many who claimed that he had adopted a risky role as a role model. However, his wife believes that this criticism is unjust.

Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena. Credit: Alamy

Following Novak Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam victory, his wife Jelena has been advocating for him on Twitter on his views on vaccination.

Yesterday, July 10, after the 35-year-old won his seventh singles at Wimbledon, journalist Ben Rothenberg noted that it might have been the ‘anti-vax poster boy’s final Grand Slam of the year.

He tweeted: “Unless there is a swift change in US immigration law, #Wimbledon will be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event of the year.

“US requires vaccination for foreigners to enter, and Djokovic has firmly said he has ruled out getting vaccinated, entrenching himself as an anti-vax posterboy.”

Jelena replied: “Excuse me. Just making sure that it is noted that YOU tagged him as antivax poster boy for whatever reason you have. He simply responded what HIS body choice is.”

“I understand that it’s his choice,” he wrote. “But I also am saying that his decision to be so firmly against the vaccines that it limits his ability to play tournaments has made him, unwittingly or not, into a huge icon of the anti-vax movement.

“I saw this very clearly during Australia.”

Jelena labeled his comments ‘very judgemental’ and said her husband is ‘choosing what’s best for his body’, and is happy to miss tournaments if that’s the price he has to pay.

“I can accept judgmentally,” Rothenburg replied.

“I believe every citizen, especially public figures, had a duty to act responsibly with public health actions and messaging during the pandemic, and as someone who has covered Novak as the influential champion he is, he repeatedly disappointed me deeply.”

Their verbal rally wasn’t done yet though, and Jelena fired back another volley.

“Thank you for sharing your beliefs,” she wrote. “I hope you don’t get judged for them. Or become a poster boy for hatred and bullying. You never know.

Novak Djokovic's Visa Cancellation Isn't Really About COVID-19 Vaccines

“You are also an influential figure, please don’t continuously disappoint. Unless that’s your role.”

Speaking after his triumph over Nick Kyrgios at the All England Club, Djokovic said: “Certainly this year has not been the same as the last years.

“It has started the way it has started and it has affected me definitely in the first several months of the year. I was not feeling great generally. Mentally, emotionally, I was not at a good place.”

Vaccinated or not, Novak Djokovic should be able to play

He added: “It’s a relief, as well, considering what I’ve been through of course this year. It adds more value and more significance and more emotions.”

Source: unilad.co

US swimmer’s coach jumps into the pool to save her life after fainting at World Championships

After a swimmer fainted in the pool during the 2022 FINA World Championships, a swim coach went in to save her and promised that she is doing “quite well.” This incredible moment has captured hearts and the moments were captured on camera.

Anita Alvarez of Team USA was swimming in the solo free final of the artistic swimming competition on Wednesday (22 June) when she collapsed and hit the water unconscious.

The swimmer has thankfully recovered and doing well. Credit: Getty Images

According to reports, the event’s lifeguards took too long to respond, which forced Alvarez’s coach, Andrea Fuentes, to dive into the water while still wearing her clothes.

Speaking to MARCA after the event, Fuentes described the event as a ‘big scare’.

The coach continued (translated): “I had to jump in because the lifeguards weren’t doing it. I was scared because I saw she wasn’t breathing, but now she is doing very well.”

Oli Scarff, an AFP photographer, captured images of the dramatic scene, showing Alvarez falling in the pool before Fuentes raised her to the top.

Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue Alvarez. Credit: Getty Images

Alvarez was pulled out of the water and placed on a stretcher to receive medical assistance after Fuentes and another swimmer helped Alvarez to the pool’s edge.

The coach later announced plans for the swimmer to ‘rest all day’ on Thursday, saying in a statement: “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc … all is okay.”

“We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. We all have seen images, where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others, help them to get there,” Fuentes continued.

“Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them. Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay. Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your good wishes for Anita.” 

Despite the fact that the occurrence on Wednesday was not the first time she had lost consciousness in a pool, the swimmer will undergo tests in the coming days to attempt and determine the cause of her fainting, according to CBS Sports.

In June 2021, during an Olympic qualification event, Alvarez had already fallen unconscious at the end of a routine. This time, Fuentes leaped in to save her.

On Wednesday, the swimmer finished in seventh place with a score of 87.6333.

Source: ladbible.com