On paper it sounds like the next Rocky movie. A 17-year-old American Olympian coming from humble beginnings in Flint, Michigan battles her way to a gold medal, past a Russian fighter nearly twice her age. But what may feel like a Hollywood fairy tale for young Claressa Shields is a proud moment for USA boxing, as she becomes the first U.S. athlete to win the women’s middleweight gold medal.

August 10 2012 3:15 PM

Megan Rapinoe says she's been playing better since she came out. So much so, that she helped the U.S. Women's soccer team win a gold medal Thursday in the final game against Japan. While efforts have been made to ensure that gay athletes competing at the Olympic games in London this summer feel welcome and safe, the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia may prove difficult to provide the same conditions.

August 10 2012 3:08 PM

The US Women’s soccer team faced the Japanese national team in front of an estimated 85,000 fans at Wembley on Thursday, in what was being billed as a shot at redemption for the US after their heartbreaking overtime loss at the 2011 World Cup.

August 09 2012 5:18 PM

Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is one of this year's Olympic darlings.
As a member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, Gabby is the first African American gymnast and woman of color, in Olympic history, to win gold medals in the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.

August 09 2012 1:20 PM

Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor made history on Wednesday, becoming the first women to earn three consecutive gold medals in the Olympic beach volleyball event.

The duo took on fellow US team members April Ross and Jennifer Kessey, in a match that some might say had the veterans passing the torch over to newcomers Ross and Kessey. May-Treanor has said that London would be her last Olympic run. However, there’s no word if Walsh Jennings plans to retire as well.

August 08 2012 6:16 PM

Openly gay US Women’s Soccer coach Pia Sundhage is at the helm of, arguably, the best US squad since the late 90s.

And with all their success on the field, we’re used to hearing names like Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan. But what about their leader and mentor, the woman who sets the lineup, runs the practice sessions, and draws up the plays?

August 08 2012 6:11 PM

ESPN has released a preview clip from an episode of Outside the Lines featuring openly gay WNBA star Seimone Augustus talking about same-sex marriage.

Augustus is a former LSU basketball player, a guard for the Minnesota Lynx and a two-time Olympian currently playing for Team USA in London.

She says in the interview she had no concerns about how coming out could affect her WNBA career.

“I didn't even think about it because I was on such a high note as far as being happy with who I am, it really didn't matter what anybody else thought,” she says.

August 08 2012 2:52 PM

US Middleweight Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in the semis to advance to the gold medal bout against Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova in the Olympics first-ever female boxing competition.

August 08 2012 1:51 PM

The two ladies who locked lips on Tuesday, and sent Tweeters into quite the Twittering frenzy, were Ukranian synchronized swimmers Daria Iushko and Kysenia Sydorenko. When they finished their synchronized duets free routine in the qualification round, the two kissed for the world to see. The kiss was not on the cheek, which is common for Ukranians to do, but a definite lady-lady lip lock. It was also not part of their routine, which some viewers originally thought was a possibility. Kiss or no kiss, their performance earned them sixth place. Are you listening, US women’s soccer team? What about you, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings? Eh?

August 07 2012 3:43 PM

The U.S. women's soccer team defeated Canada 4-3 in dramatic fashion on Monday, when Alex Morgan put a header into the back of the net in the 122nd minute of second overtime play.
The US trailed Canada 1-0 at the half, after Canadian superstar Christine Sinclair put our neighbors to the north on the board in the 22nd minute.

August 06 2012 7:00 PM