As we turn the page to 2013, we celebrate the milestone and historic year it was for women in sports and female athletes around the world. For the first time in history, every nation and sport included female competitors during the 2012 London Olympic Games. And speaking of the London Games, not only were there more female athletes on the U.S. team, but they also represented 63 percent of the Gold medals.
“Without a doubt, 2012 has been a momentous year for women in sports with the 40th Anniversary of Title IX and the remarkable performance of female athletes at the London Olympic Games,” said Laura Gentile, vice president, espnW. “We look forward to maintaining that momentum and growing the prominence of women in sports in 2013.”
Above, espnW has compiled a year-in-review video highlighting the statement year it’s been for women in sports and for female athletes and teams across the country.
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• Maria Taylor appeared on the sidelines during ESPN’s live telecast of the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami. She shared how she went from the college volleyball court to fulling her dream job as a sports journalist.
• Before the BCS title game, Mike Golic and his Fighting Irish sons tried to convert a few Alabama fans in a Connecticut diner.
• NFL studio shows’ lead producer Seth Markman shared some of the highlights from 2012 including best #Hashtag. He also previewed what his team has planned for 2013. Included is a look at the top 10 stories from ESPN.com in 2012, with a heavy NFL flavor.
• ESPN Radio and television analyst Brian Griese was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on Sunday. Two days later, he worked ESPN Radio’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl matchup between Wisconsin and Stanford.
Row of Four
Our favorites from across ESPN over the past week
• From Grantland: A Kid in the Ring
• Check out this week’s edition of SportCenter’s Not Top Plays
• Have questions as you settle into 2013? Rick Reilly has some answers: FAQs for the new year
• Enjoy an array of photos in this gallery from ESPN Images.
Amanda DeCastro contributed to this post.