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In Commerce City, CO last week, Portland Thorns FC forward Sophie Smith made it two goals in a row, six minutes apart, assisted by Rose Lavelle, in the first of the two friendly games against Colombia. These were followed by San Diego Wave FC midfielder Taylor Kornieck scoring in her debut game with the perfect header off Megan Rapinoe’s serve. It …
 
Swimming’s international federation, FINA, made history this week as it sought to clarify the confusion and controversy in the transgender debate. It announced that people who have been through male puberty would no longer be allowed to compete against women. And it would also create a new category for those who had. Rugby has also banned transgend…
 
Season 5 Episode 2 of The WeCOACH Podcast, presented by Hudl, launches June 23, 2022 on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, so it’s only appropriate that we dedicate this episode to a new resource recently released; Winning Ways of Women Coaches, edited by volleyball coaching legend and former WeCOACH Board President, Dr. Cecile Reynaud. Episode 2 al…
 
Football makes headlines this week, even before the international season kicks off, and it’s the USWNT legends Tobin Heath and Christen Press who share the limelight for very different reasons. Tobin, 34, who was recently released from Arsenal following injuries has reportedly been acquired by the NWSL West Coast team, OL Reign. Meanwhile, nearly 1…
 
Marci Kornegay has arrived in Tehachapi, California and celebrated one month on the Pacific Crest Trail, northbound with 567 miles in the bag. It’s been a tough trail since we last spoke to her as she crossed the Mojavi Desert in triple digit temperatures surviving on snow melt found at water collection stations. As we hear though it’s her water fi…
 
Welcome back to The WeCOACH Podcast. In S5E1 of The WeCOACH Podcast, presented by Hudl, host Vanessa Fuchs, new WeCOACH CEO, welcomes two very special people as her first guests—her college coach, Sue Semrau, and college teammate, Brooke Wyckoff. Coach Sue Semrau, FSU’s all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and 2015 National Coach of the Yea…
 
Tennis serves up a few news stories this week following the French Open and with Wimbledon next on the Grand Slam tour from June 27-July 10. Plus we have a few football items off the field of play, and gymnastics is back in the news today as well as ice skating. Read the full stories by following the links below. Iga Swiatek becomes next tennis sup…
 
The French Open Tennis Championships reach a climax as Chris & Nancy discuss along with other top stories: ‘Disappointing and Surprising’ – Iga Swiatek Shares Her Disbelief as Amelie Mauresmo Calls Women’s Matches Less Appealing https://www.essentiallysports.com/wta-tennis-news-disappointing-and-surprising-iga-swiatek-shares-her-disbelief-as-amelie…
 
With the football league season wrapping up in Europe the French team Lyon was crowned in the Champions League Final; Chelsea Women won the double, now they have new owners; Euro 2022 is expected to shatter attendance records this summer; female referees will officiate at the men's World Cup for first time, and Tottenham’s Chioma Ubogagu receives d…
 
On Thursday May 12, 2022, adventurer, hiker and former golf coach, Marci Kornegay, began the Pacific Crest Trail northbound. The 2,650 mile trail begins at the Mexican border and ends on the Canadian border in Washington State some four months later. On this exclusive podcast series Marci will be sharing her journey, beginning with the highs and lo…
 
Today’s headlines across the sports pages and beyond is the landmark news that following years of dispute and disharmony women have finally achieved parity in US soccer and will at last play on a level playing field with the men. The two Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), which run through 2028, achieve equal pay through identical economic ter…
 
Britain’s Jamie Chadwick continues her winning ways from last season after a double header in the season opener of the W Series in Miami. And there’s news of an all female Le Mans 24 hours race. Olympic team gold medalist Laura Collett is crowned Badminton Horse Trials winner as the five-star event returns from aa two-year absence. Canadian show ju…
 
We have reached the show finale of the Tri This Podcast with Dr Kirstin Lauritzen in which she covers her learnings and journey that she has lived and shared over the past 18 months on the show. Kirstin shares a few mindset tips and encouragement for anyone who has yet to try triathlon but is curious and wants to try it out. Kirstin says It has tru…
 
Chris and Nancy are back from their travels to bring their pick of top stories in women’s sport this week and they begin with Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) discipline selected for testing as possible riding replacement in modern pentathlon. Black Ferns Sevens renew riveting rivalry with Australia on HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Brittney Griner no…
 
Marci Kornegay chats with Chris Stafford about the bike ride they did together when they took on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail from Point Lookout State Park in Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - a total of 427 miles over eight days. Marci, 42, and Chris, 70, combined their athletic backgrounds and adventure …
 
Nancy is back this week and has a selection of top news stories from around the world including an update on Women’s Rugby Six Nations; can the powerful England Roses defeat France? In darts, England's 18 year old Beau Greaves becomes the youngest ever darts champion, male or female, women’s boxing makes history as Katie Taylor fights Amanda Serran…
 
The topic this week is inflammation as Kirstin describes the key drivers of inflammation and how to determine if they are holding you back from performing. There are many common causes that most people ignore or don't think is an issue until they end up with injuries and illnesses that prevent them from being able to race or be competitive. With th…
 
This week Chris is joined by her friend Marci Kornegay to discuss the main headlines in women’s sport before they share their next big adventure. Starting on April 19th the two intrepid cyclists will embark on the 400+ miles of the Potomac Heritage Trail from the Chesapeake Bay, MD via Washington DC and Cumberland Gap to Pittsburgh, PA. This is not…
 
Dr. Kirstin discusses the possibility of combining high performance and health. It's very common to hear that health is sacrificed at the time for peak performance. And that might be fine for a short period of time, but athletes are either not focusing on their health in the off times, or are maintaining that peak performance for a long period of t…
 
Abby’s guest is Marjoleine Hulshof, a People & Organisation Lead with Investec Bank, an Executive Coach, Mentor, Sailor and passionate about Ocean conservation. Abby & Marjoleine discuss mentoring, which was one of the recommendations following the World Sailing Trusts Strategic Review. This is a topic that The Magenta Project has successfully impl…
 
Professor Clare Hanlon is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health and Sport, Victoria University, in Melbourne. She recently led a research team that completed a study focused on sport uniforms for girls. After the release of those findings ‘What girls want for sport uniforms’, Cadbury and Women Sport Australia provided $150k grant for clubs …
 
The Miami Open is mid way through its quarter finals with Naomi Osaka and Iga Swiatek emerging as possible finals just as Iga is set to be come the World No 1 following the retirement of Ash Barty and at the Australian’s request to be removed from the rankings. Meanwhile former world No. 1 women's tennis player Victoria Azarenka drops out of Miami …
 
Do you know how much sleep is right for you and also what quality sleep looks like? On this week’s episode, Dr. Kirstin Lauritzen discusses the different phases of sleep; how much time, on average, we should be spending in certain phases of sleep, and a lot of different tips to try to improve your sleep. For example, do you know which phase of slee…
 
The big breaking news this week is that three-time grand slam champion and WTA World No 1 Ash Barty surprised the sports world with the announcement of her retirement at the age of 25 with $23.8 earnings. Ash won the Australian Open this year and looked hot favorite to continue that form but there’s nothing like retiring while you’re at the top of …
 
Tenille Hoogland addresses the best tips for peri-menopause athletes and beyond. Peri-menopause to post-menopause is another time of life where the body begins to shift and make changes and it can cause some loss of confidence and frustration for athletes when what worked before seems to not be working now. Tenille Hoogland addresses the best tips …
 
Ukrainian Paralympian Oksana Masters completed her quest for medals at the 2022 Beijing Paralympic Games finishing with seven to add to her total tally and record of fifteen. Oksana’s story from being a victim of Chernobyl to Paralympic Champion is heartwarming but nonetheless a difficult time for her to compete and win medals. We also continue the…
 
When athletes compete in a sport that has weight classes it can be very tricky to lose weight while also maintaining and striving to improve performance. It's common for this to cause many issues, particularly with female athletes, as advice that is commonly given does not take into account hormones and female physiology. Kirstin discusses a case s…
 
Oklahoma native Camille Herron spends her life breaking records in Ultra-distance running so it may not have come as a surprise to her followers when she recently broke her own women’s world record in the Jackpot 100/US Championship in Las Vegas. That she won in 12 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds, averaging around 7:37 minutes per mile was impress…
 
Elise Wortley is an Englishwoman on a mission; not as a modern day explorer but as an authentic amazon from centuries past. Elise is planning her third journey following in the footsteps of famous women who conquered mountains and oceans from Scotland to the Himlayas. And what makes her journeys different is that she is dressed and equipped in auth…
 
With the war in Ukraine affecting athletes in training we hear of a Ukranian Canoeist and her desperate journey to rescue her daughter from the war zone. One of Ukraine’s star athletes is Oksana Masters who is currently taking part in the Beijing Paralympics having won gold medal already but shares how this is bitter sweet because she feels guilty …
 
Have you ever had an injury, ache or pain, or really low energy that couldn't be explained or fixed? One mistake that athletes and sports medicine practitioners make is they don't look deeper into why that athlete is experiencing those chronic symptoms. One very critical factor that leads to either chronic pain, inflammation and injuries or optimal…
 
Portland native Jenny Nguyen is counting down the days to opening the nation’s first women’s sports bar, and will watch her concept of providing a safe social space to watch sport become a reality. For the former basketball player turned chef, the idea of a sports bar for women began as a joke with her girlfriend Liz in 2018, but as the world chang…
 
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is dominating the sports news this week with the IOC making statements to boycott Russian involvement in sport and International Federations imposing sanctions. The Beijing Paralympic Winter Games begins March 4 through 13th with 78 events taking place across six sports. There will be Primetime coverage in the US o…
 
Are you eating enough to fuel your active life? Are you training too often or too intensely? Could your digestion problems, low mood and frequent injuries be a sign that you haven’t got the balance right? Dr. Juliet McGrattan is joined by leading sports dietician Renee McGregor to dive deeply into the condition of Relative Energy Deficiency in Spor…
 
On the first episode of a new season, Abby chats to Caroline Boule, a Magenta Project Mentee who is on track to compete in her first Mini Transat campaign and has recently completed her first Atlantic crossing onboard Sailing Poland the V65; one of the yachts that raced in the past Volvo Ocean Races. Caroline had sailed a range of dinghies and keel…
 
On this week’s show the U.S. Soccer and Women’s Players Agree to Settle Equal Pay Lawsuit. Under the terms of the agreement, the athletes will receive $24 million and a pledge from the federation to equalize pay for the men’s and women’s national teams. Chris and Nancy share their takeaways from the Beijing Winter Olympic GamesTakeaways from the Be…
 
Certified Dietitian and Nutritionist Drew Mulvey joins Kirstin this week to discuss a very common issue for female athletes; under eating and amenorrhea (i.e. when you don't have your period). Drew walks us through her journey and how sport and a lack of knowledge in nutrition lead to an eating disorder and losing her period. But, sport is also wha…
 
On this week’s show we review the top stories from the Beijing Olympic Games beginning with skiing. Lara Gut Behrami added Super G Olympic Champion to her Giant Slalom Bronze Medal in Beijing and the World Champion titles she won in Super G and Giant Slalom in Cortina last year. Austria’s Mirjam Puchner divided the Swiss charge by beating Michelle …
 
Getting Over the Humps Challenges with training face every athlete. We are not always going to have the motivation to train. When the last thing we want to do is train that day or endure the weather, what are some easy tools we can use to make sure we get our training done? We know that it's okay to miss a day here and there, but when we miss two o…
 
On this week’s episode, Chris & Nancy take a look at the first week of competition from the Beijing Olympic Games. Skating got underway and the skateboarding with some firsts for women. The Giant Slalom saw some major spills and thrills with the flying Swede Sara Hector underlining her tremendous form this season when she became the Olympic Champio…
 
Kirstin's guest is Regionals CrossFit Athlete, Tia Wright. Tia has been a coach for over 12 years and an athlete her whole life. She competed in Volleyball up to the collegiate level and that's when she found CrossFit. We discuss Tia's journey into CrossFit and the lessons she learned along the way that she now shares with the athletes she coaches.…
 
Our guest is Canadian Judoka Jessica Klimkait. Jess grew up in Whitby, Ontario and followed in her brother Justin’s footsteps when she began to learn Judo at the age of four at the Ajax Budokan Judo Club, in nearby Ajax. Her former coach of 13 years was the club’s chief instructor Kevin Doherty; a two-time Olympian. At the age of 19 Jess moved to t…
 
The Australian Open crowned a new champion last weekend with home-country heroine Ash Barty successfully defeating Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6. Australia beat Ireland to win the Spain Sevens Rugby with the US just out of the medals. We have World Cup skiing news from last weekend’s Downhill and Super-G which were won by Switzerland’s Corrine Suter an…
 
Caroline Livesey is a pro triathlete, coach and endurance adventurer. Originally from Scotland an d now living in Spain, Caroline turned pro in 2015 and had numerous podium results on the Ironman circuit before more recently switching to XTRI for a new challenge. In 2019, she won Canadaman, her first attempt at long distance extreme triathlons, whi…
 
Courtenay Tuxhorn, 44, is an amateur 3-day event rider originally from Harwood, Maryland. She grew up working and riding on a family friend’s thoroughbred farm, galloping racehorses and dabbling in the hunters and jumpers. Her life revolved around the barn until she graduated college, when the reality of an entry-level job in a big city lured her o…
 
This week’s news includes a round up of World Cup skiing, top stories in international football, tennis from the Australian Open, plus netball, motor racing and the Beijing Olympic Games. We begin though with rugby since the USA Women's Sevens won gold in Malaga. Our own Leo's Den podcasters Naya Tapper Oly and Ilona Maher celebrate standout perfor…
 
Pro Mountain Biker, Nikki Peterson is Kirstin’s guest this week. Nikki began mountain biking just after college, although she didn't start her journey as a professional until she was 28. She takes us through how she developed her passion for the sport, what her training looks like and a typical day’s routine. We also learn how important nutrition i…
 
We begin this week with World Cup Bobsled and Monobob. American Elana Meyers Taylor secured both titles last weekend in St. Moritz and not surprisingly has secured her fourth Olympic ticket. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami won the Downhill in Zauchensee, Austria last weekend and then Italy’s Italian Federica Brignone won the Super-G. Mikaela Shiffri…
 
Tri This - S2E2 On this week’s episode Kirstin’s guest is a fellow WISP Sports podcast host, professional rugby player, Olympian an d Tik Tok Queen, Ilona Maher. Lo hosts a podcast called the Leo's Den with Naya Tapper. On this show we dive into what training looks like and her day to day routine. We discuss all things nutrition like: what a standa…
 
Lori Okimura has spent her professional career in a variety of areas from volleyball coach to sport’s governance. She has been a volunteer, sponsor, club director, facility manager and event organizer with extensive experience in sales, marketing and promotions of various major international sports organizations and events, primarily in Olympic and…
 
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