Good news for a cancer-surviving gymnast…

Highlights

Great news for former American gymnast Shannon Miller who’s pregnant with her second child after surviving a rare form of ovarian cancer two years ago. The double Olympic gold medalist is a one-woman fitness whirlwind as she promotes women’s health via her website www.ShannonMillerLifestyle.com even going so far as to share having her head shaved during chemotherapy in the moving video below.

If I read all the blurb I could probably tell you why American 2012 Olympic gymnastic sensation Gabby Douglas makes Forbes’ most influential athletes list but I’m just happy to accept that the Flying Squirrel sits among such luminaries as Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and our very own David Beckham in this year’s edition. It’s something to do with N-scores and awareness percentages, just so you know.

Blazing a trail for sportswomen everywhere is 27-year-old Raha Moharrack who on Saturday May 18 2013 became the first woman from Saudi Arabia to summit Mount Everest, although for her the climb was not borne out of wanting to create a movement for her fellow repressed countrywomen but for the age-old reason people push the boundaries: stubbornness.

“[I climbed Everest] simply because someone said I couldn’t do it and I wanted to prove to myself.”

Via Gulf News.

Lowlights

An organisational faux pas at the London Marathon meant that the elite women racers and wheelchair athletes bottlenecked through a drink station area. Consequently, the women’s Olympic champion, Ethiopia’s Tiki Gelana, was knocked flying after running into the path of Canadian wheelchair athlete Josh Cassidy to grab her drink. Races ruined for both, it left a sour note on one of the best fields ever assembled. Via The Guardian

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