Professional athletes continue to change the narrative of what’s possible in sports. From how old is too old or how young is too young to play professional sports to what a woman can and can’t do, three athletes are breaking age and gender stereotypes. Take a look at what these athletes accomplished recently.
Golf: Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has been playing professional golf since 1992, and it doesn’t look like the fifty-year-old is stopping anytime soon. And why should he when he just racked up his forty-fifth PGA championship, claiming the title of the oldest person to win a PGA championship and beating players a good decade and a half younger than him!
Gymnastics: Simone Biles
Simone Biles, fondly nicknamed the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), is the winningest American gymnast. Since she vaulted onto the world stage at the Olympics in 2016, she hasn’t stopped collecting medals and pushing herself to complete increasingly difficult moves. In May, she became the first woman to land the Yurchenko double pike vault move in competition, and won the all-around title at the GK US Classic. Next up? The US Olympic team trials at the end of June. We’re rooting for you!
Soccer: Olivia Moultrie
She’s fifteen years old, but she can bend it like the best of them. Olivia Moultrie, while a talented soccer player and one who’s been training with professional teams, hasn’t been allowed to sign onto a women’s professional soccer league until now. Why? The National Women’s Soccer League states that players must be at least eighteen years old to join a team. The same age restriction, however, doesn’t apply to the National Men’s Soccer League. Why the discrepancy? Moultrie was wondering the same thing and sued the National Women’s Soccer League. The outcome? The judge ruled that she should be able to play in a professional league at least temporarily. Will she become the youngest person to join the roster of a professional soccer team? We’ll just have to wait and see!