By Molly Lauryssens
Recently, espnW and Marvel joined forces and debuted a seriously awesome take on the IMPACT 25. This annual list is a who’s who in the world of women’s sports coming from all facets of the game.
So what happens when you take some of the most notable female athletes of 2015 (IMPACT 25) and give the illustration team at Marvel a chance to sketch them, superhero style? Pure genius is one good way to describe it: Super IMPACT25 Heroes
For example, this list not only features phenomenal players from college and professional teams but also women who have influenced the sports world in major ways.
Take for instance, Loretta Lynch who has been dubbed as the FIFA Slayer. Just a few weeks into her new role as the attorney general of the United States, Lynch announced the indictments of fourteen of the top FIFA officials in a $150 million case dealing with alleged bribery, fraud and money laundering. This investigation began when she was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 2010 to 2015.
Then you have someone like Jessica Mendoza who really hit it out of the park! This former softball Olympian scored gold in 2004 and silver in 2008; not to mention she is a three-time world champion!
But her talents are certainly expanding these days. Mendoza, a current ESPN analyst, became the first woman to call an ESPN MLB game as an in-booth analyst, and the first to work a playoff game when she called the Yankees- Astros wild-c.
How awesome is she? Pretty awesome. Marvel and company dubbed her Major Leap.
Then you have the amazingly skilled and beautiful likes of ballerina Misty Copeland. Marvel tapped her as The Principal. Why?
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In June, the American Ballet Theatre promoted Copeland to principal dancer, making her the first ever African-American woman to hold the title in the company’s 75-year history. This wasn’t the first time she had danced her way into history. She was also the first African-American to play the lead role in “Swan Lake.”
Copeland’s campaign with Under Armour was an extremely powerful portrayal of what she went through, facing rejection and pushing through boundaries because her body type was not right for ballet. But she didn’t let that stop her. Not at all!
Check it out: Misty Copeland I WILL WHAT I WANT
Other athletes and influencers include: Simone Biles, Tamika Catchings, Lauren Chamberlain, Elena Delle Donne, Erica Enders, Lauren Greenfield, Becky Hammon, Chloe Kim, Lydia Ko, Katie Ledecky, Carli Lloyd, Simone Manuel, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Claire McCaskill, Olivia Quigley, Ronda Rousey, Dani Rylan, Breanna Stewart, Diani Taurasi, Sarah Thomas, US Womens National Team, Jen Welter and Serena Williams.
The IMPACT 25 list is a definite must see. To check out these incredible artists renditions and profiles of these remarkable women, go here! You will be inspired for sure.
Molly Lauryssens is an award-winning sport reporter. Be sure to check out her blog at GodGirlsGames.com.
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