This week, ESPN revealed its 2016 IMPACT25 winners, which are the 25 athletes and influencers who’ve made the greatest impact for women in sports… and ESPN mostly
got it right.
It was an amazing year for female athletes, especially with the 2016 Rio Olympics, which provided a platform for incredible, gold medal performances by swimmer Katie Ledecky, wrestler Helen Maroulis, and boxer Claressa Shields – all of whom are 2016 IMPACT25 winners. The top honor for “Woman of the Year” went to Simone Biles, the 19-year-old American gymnast who took home four gold medals while becoming the face of the U.S. Olympic team. This lead to her celebrity exploding Stateside after the Games, including appearances on Ellen
, a meet-and-greet with her celebrity crush, Zac Efron
, and even a starring role in a music video (yes, really
). You can see all the other honorees here
, although none of them also star in a pop video… that we know of.
Why the hell did Hillary Clinton make this list? Because she celebrated her hometown Chicago Cubs’ World Series win
? (nice Yankees hat, btw
) Get outta here with that shit. Seriously, read the actual reasoning
behind this selection. The only sports tie-in is a claim that a sports documentary Hillary promoted in 1999 called Dare to Compet
e was one of the reasons she decided to run for public office. What the hell does that have to do with women in sports in 2016? NOTHING. Keep your political takes out of our goddamn face, ESPN, and give the spotlight to an athlete and/or sports influencer who actually deserves the recognition. Thank Christ ESPN doesn’t put on the Academy Awards or Hillary might have won an Oscar next February.
For the record, we’d be just as pissed if some dicknose shamelessly plugged that wispy-haired bottle of self-tanner
for some shit he wasn't deserving of. Luckily, Trump isn’t a woman so he and his Verne Troyer hands
weren’t even considered. End of rant.