IMPACT25 Honorees Are Now Marvel Superheroes

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

 

 

Marvel Comics and espnW (a branch of ESPN devoted to women’s sports and female sports fans) combined their powers to honor this year’s IMPACT25 women, and the official list of honorees has finally been released! Along with some incredibly empowering biographies, we’ve been gifted with awesome images that transform each woman into original Marvel heroes.

 

The result is staggeringly cool.

 

IMPACT25 is broken down into two categories. In one category, we have the Impact Athletes. These are athletes who stood out as heroes this year, and had a major impact in their sport and/or in sports in general. And in the other category, we have the Impact Influencers. These women may or may not be athletes themselves, but they are making waves in the sporting world in a huge way.

 

(Click on each honoree’s name for her Full Impact Bio!)

 

Here’s a full list of this year’s Impact Athletes:

 

 

 

At 18 years old, Biles became the first gymnast since 1992 to win a 3rd straight national title and she is the first gymnast to ever win three consecutive world all-around titles.

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After playing in the WNBA for 14 years, Catchings led the Indian Fever to the 2015 WNBA Finals and became the first player in WNBA history to score 1,000 career playoff points.

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Lauren Chamberlain broke the NCAA Division I softball career home-run record with 91 and finished her collegiate career as a 4-time All-American with 95 HRs, earning herself the nickname: “the Babe Ruth of softball”.

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The Chicago Sky forward had three 40-point performances in the 2015 season and nabbed the WNBA MVP title. All after battling Lyme’s disease last season.

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The Pro Stock driver is the new record holder for most wins by a woman in a single season with 9 wins, and she won her second consecutive NHRA championship this year.

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Chloe Kim took gold in this year’s X Games snowboarding superpipe. She was 14 years old when she did it, making her the youngest gold medalist in a winter event.

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Lydia Ko is currently No. 1 in the LPGA rankings, and she’s only 17, which breaks Tiger Woods’ record by almost 4 years. She’s also the youngest golfer to win a major.

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At the FINA world championships, freestyler Ledecky won 5 gold medals and set 3 world records. She also became the first woman to win 4 individual swimming titles at one world championship meet.

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In July’s FIFA World Cup Final against Japan, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team midfielder Carli Lloyd scored a hat trick (3 goals in one match) within 16 minutes of the starting whistle, resulting in a 5-2 win. She’s the 2nd soccer player in history to score a hat trick in any senior FIFA World Cup Final.

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The 24-year-old sprinter from Wisconsin has stage-4 breast cancer, but put off chemotherapy to compete at the Special Olympics World Games, where she won gold in the 100 meters.

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She made UFC history with a 14-second takedown of Cat Zingano in February, then beat Bethe Correia in August.

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UConn senior basketball star Breanna Stewart is projected to be the WNBA draft top pick. She and her teammates are going for an unprecedented 4th NCAA championship this season, and she will likely win MVP.

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  • Serena Williams – Super Galactic Slam

 

The single most dominant tennis player today, male or female. 53-3 in matches this year. The only player to rank in the WTA top 10 in wins on clay, grass, and hard courts. Bow down to the queen.

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And here is a list of this year’s Impact Influencers:

 

 

 

The American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland to principal dancer in June of this year, making her the first African-American woman to hold the title in the company’s 75 years of existence.

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Working with Leo Burnett and the Always brand, documentarian Lauren Greenfield created the most talked about Super Bowl ad of this year, which transformed “like a girl” into an empowering phrase.

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She coached the San Antonio Spurs D-League team to an NBA summer league title. No, not the WNBA—the NBA. She’s also a 6-time WNBA All-Star and the NBA’s first female full-time assistant in its history.

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3 weeks after being sworn in as U.S. Attorney General, Lynch led the charge in the FIFA corruption investigations. She announced indictments of 14 top FIFA officials and opened a $150 million case with charges from bribery to fraud to money laundering.

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The Stanford sophomore won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle swimming events (and set an American record in the latter) in the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships. She’s one of the few black women swimmers on the national stage.

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Sens. Gillibrand and McCaskill co-sponsored the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which requires schools to have a uniform process for dealing with assaults, then survey their students regularly and make findings public.

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Former softball Olympian and current ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza became the 1st woman to call an ESPN MLB game as an in-booth analyst and the 1st to work a playoff game.

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Dani Rylan and co-founder Angela Ruggiero debuted the 4-team National Women’s Hockey League this year. Players in the league are paid an average of about $15,000 per 18-game season. The NWHL already has a lot of fans after just one season.

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Phoenix Mercury star Taurasi did not play in this year’s WNBA season at the request of her Russian Premier League team, sparking debate about players’ pay and year-round schedules in the U.S., and the impact it has on players’ health and safety.

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Sarah Thomas played college football, and then became the NFL’s first full-time female referee. She made her NFL regular-season debut on Sept. 13, 2015.

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  • USWNTWho Run The World

 

The U.S. women’s national team is arguably the hugest sports sensation to happen in a long time. 20 million viewers watched the World Cup final between USA and Japan in July, the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history. They also received a NYC ticker-tape parade after their win, the first time a women’s team has ever had that honor.

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A veteran of several women’s pro and semi-pro football teams, Welter became the first woman to coach in the NFL as an Arizona Cardinals preseason coaching intern.

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Thanks to all of these women for everything they do. And thanks to espnW and Marvel Comics for bringing their accomplishments to light in the coolest possible way, helping to empower women of all ages from every background.

 


    One Comment

  1. JacquiDecember 10th, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    LOVE THIS. ❤️❤️

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