Is Diana Taurasi Right About Women’s Team Not Getting Respect?
Added by Gregg Snyder on July 27, 2012.
Diana Taurasi (L.) says it's unfortunate the US Women's team is still fighting for respect in this country. We agree!
Technically, the 2012 Olympics in London got started earlier this week when the soccer tournaments began. However, the official start is tonight as it’s the day of Opening Ceremonies. Basketball is one of the major sports talked about most during the summer Olympics. However, is that talk fairly distributed?
Sure, we all hear about the US Men’s team, and rightfully so. That is a group with names like Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, and so many more. This is a group expected to win Gold. They should.
With that said, there is another US basketball squad that has been even more dominant than their male counterparts. The US Women’s basketball team.
You don’t hear much about the women’s squad. Why? They may be the most dominant US team in any sport. They have been for years. So why isn’t everyone talking about them? As star Diana Taurasi says, where is the respect?
“I think it’s funny,” Taurasi said in an earlier interview with ESPN. “We’re a team that’s won four gold medals in a row and yet we’re still fighting for respect in our own country. I think it’s a little sad. That’s a heck of a motivator for all of us in the gym.”
Ok, so the WNBA does not get the coverage and respect it deserves in the United States. I get that. It’s unfortunate, but I get it. This is the Olympics. This is the sporting event that so many watch, not just in the US, but around the world. And one of the most dominant teams in history isn’t even talked about?
You would think we are past this point in life and at a time when we should all be celebrating all sports, regardless of the participants gender. We talk about women’s swimming, women’s track. Women’s soccer is one of the most popular sports of late. So, why not basketball?
Throughout the London Games, you will hear plenty about athletes like Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Lebron James, Alex Morgan, Lolo Jones, and Hope Solo, just to name a few. Well, it’s about time we all start respecting and talking about names like Diana Taurasi, Swin Cash, Sue Bird, and the rest of the US Women’s Basketball team.
What’s the big deal, they are just going for their fifth straight Gold medal!