I created my list of 7 wonders of the sporting world (greatest athletes). There was some great feedback, including some rightly questioning the lack of female representation on the list.
Although I considered all sports people, men and women, only men made the final top seven list. I would have loved to have included some females, but unfortunately, there was none I considered worthy of the top seven. Sorry but I was never going to just include a female for the sake of inclusiveness, all places had to be rightly earned. Not everyone will agree with my selections, but that is the nature of all such lists, everyone has different opinions. There is no one right answer.
There were females in consideration for the top athletes’ list, but did not make my list of top 7. For example, Serena Williams is one of the greats of tennis, though in my opinion was not greater than Federer. Where she lets herself down in my reckoning is on the role model component. That’s just my opinion. It would be great if there was someone who was worthy of making the list. The reality is that the most anticipated and most-watched sports around the world tend to be male-dominated, and that is what my lists represent. It is not a reflection of the worth of female sports.
The best way I thought to show gender balance was to have a similar list only for females. I think that is better than trying to compare the male and female athletes directly. Here are my top 7, and again apologies if I have left out your favourite, I cannot please everyone.
What constitutes a sporting wonder? It is not just skill and sporting results. A wonder must dominate in their chosen sport, be a good sports person, good role model for the sport, and have worldwide appeal so that their profile is known outside of their sporting circles.
My 7 Wonders of Sport (Women Athletes)
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias (golf, track & field)
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field)
- Serena Williams (tennis)
- Annika Sorenstam (golf)
- Martina Navratilova (tennis)
- Mia Hamm (football/soccer)
- Fanny Blankers-Koen (track & field)
Other females that came close were Nadia Comaneci and Ronda Rousey
My 7 Wonders of Sport (Female Events)
- Women’s FIFA World Cup
- Gymnastics at the Olympic Games
- Women’s Singles Final at Wimbledon
- Rugby World Cup
- Netball World Cup
- WNBA finals
- Women’s T20 World Cup final
Here are some related pages on Topend Sports: