2011 was an intense year for women in sports. While we’re looking forward to more excitement in 2012 (including the Olympics!), let’s also take a look back on this year’s top five most memorable moments in women’s athletics, good and bad.

12:00 PM

Champion high jumper Kasja Bergqvist has confirmed that she is in a “fantastic” relationship with a woman.
The Swedish athlete, who won the world high jumping title in 2005 as well as a bronze medal in 2000 Olympics is quoted in an upcoming issue of the Swedish gay magazine QX as saying that while she and her partner, Kristina, have been together for a while, the pair hasn’t gone public until now because of privacy issues.

December 22 2011 3:16 PM

U.S. Women’s Soccer team forward Abby Wambach --who’s now renowned for her 11th-hour header into the goal against Brazil in the World Cup – has been named the Associated Press’ Female Athlete of the Year. Wambach is the first individual soccer player –male of female—to be recognized as athlete of the year, according to the Associated Press.

December 21 2011 5:35 PM

Women's Professional Soccer will live at least another year after a months-long fight between WPS administrators and team owner Dan Borislow, whose team was kicked out of the league earlier this year.

December 13 2011 6:38 PM

Tennis greats and out lesbians Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King have responded publicly Australian tennis legend Margaret Court’s antigay rhetoric.

December 12 2011 3:10 PM

A high school basketball coach who may have been fired because she is a lesbian spoke out to the school's board of directors Wednesday night, with a group of supporters in tow.

December 02 2011 6:52 PM

UK sports broadcaster Clare Balding sees a glaring omission on the Sports Personality of the Year shortlist: no women.

November 30 2011 7:55 PM

Angie Dowds, the popular lesbian trainer who appeared on The Biggest Loser in the U.K. since it's origination in 2005, apparently jumped to her death at Beachy Head, a coastal spot known for suicides in East Sussex, England, according to reports in The Sun. Spectators reported seeing a woman who either jumped or fell from the cliff, and the Coast Guard found Dowds's body last Sunday.

November 23 2011 3:40 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will make baseball history by naming Sue Falsone as the first female head athletic trainer in Major League Baseball.

October 28 2011 2:43 PM

A kids' soccer coach reflects on her first meeting with two gay dads, and their little boy's big day on the field.

October 21 2011 11:31 AM