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Former Olympian and Collegiate Gymnast Courtney Kupets poses with Olympian Shawn Johnson at the 2009 Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Kupets was the recipient of the individual award.

Former Olympian and Collegiate Gymnast Courtney Kupets poses with Olympian Shawn Johnson at the 2009 Annual Salute to Women in Sports. Kupets was the recipient of the individual award.

The Women’s Sports Foundation held its 30th Annual Salute to Women in Sports in New York City last night.  The annual dinner brings together some of the most iconic women in sports as well as up and comers, too. Last night was no exception – seen on the red carpet were legends Billie Jean King, Annika Sorensam, Michelle Kwan, Jackie Joyner-Kersey along with Wendy Hilliard, Jennie Finch, Melanie Oudin, Allyson Felix, Shawn Johnson, Courtney Kupets, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and more.

Former Olympian and NCAA Champion Gymnast Courtney Kupets was awarded the 2009 Sportswoman of the Year award for an individual sport. Courtney’s list of achievements over the past 4 years while she was competing for University of Georgia are just staggering. Courtney came back from a torn Achilles tendon in her junior year to lead the Gymdogs to a fifth straight NCAA team title and she won the all around, bars, beam and floor titles as well.  Throughout her collegiate career, she earned nine individual NCAA championship titles – more than any other gymnast – ever.

In the team category, ice hockey player Jessie Vetter of the University of Wisconsin won the award, while Tiffara Steward was presented with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. Tiffara is an amazing young lady – she is a mere 4’6″ and is partially blind and plays basketball for Farmingdale State College on Long Island.

Here are some links to more coverage of the event:

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This year’s Teen Choice Awards will take place August 10 on FOX tv. The awards show which celebrates the hottest teen icons in film, television, music, sports and fashion is now open for voting.  There are 11 female athletes nominated for this year’s award:

For Choice Female Athlete the choices are:

Shawn Johnson (also nominated for Choice Female Reality/Variety Show Star)
Nastia Liukin
Danica Patrick
Kerri Walsh and Misty May Treanor
Serena Williams

For Female Action Sports Athlete the nominees are:

Gretchen Bleiler (Snowboarding)
Torah Bright (Snowboarding)
Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing)
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins (Skateboarding)
Carissa Moore (Surfing)

You can vote daily from now until the awards show, so cast your vote for your favorite athlete (and movie, tv show, etc)!

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Today is the 37th Anniversary of the Title IX – the legislation that has been so monumental in womens’ and girls’ sports participation. In celebration, the Women’s Sports Foundation will be holding a live roundtable discussion at the White House. You can join it live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/.

Additionally, the WSF put together a video featuring seven outstanding female athletes (like Natalie Coughlin and Jennie Finch) in celebration of Title IX’s anniversary:

Opportunities in sports are so important for our girls! The lessons they learn through sports make them such better citizens, develops self esteem, fitness, and empowers them in all aspects of their lives.

How has Title IX benefited your participation in sports?

In celebration of Title IX, I would like to share some of my favorite women’s sports websites with you:

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