PHOTOS: 12 female athletes who made history

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 10:07AM
The United States last won the World Cup in 1999, prompting Brandi Chastain to famously doff her jersey in celebration. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Bobby Riggs goes after a quick shot by Billie Jean King in the winner-take-all match in the Astrodome in Houston, Tex., on Sept. 20, 1973. (AP Photo)
U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walks ashore becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
The Associated Press named 19-year-old Simone Biles female athlete of year after her success in the Summer Olympics in Rio. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee makes her second jump in the qualifiying round of the U.S. Olympic Team Track and Field Trials held in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, July 14,. 2000. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Serena Williams, left, hugs Venus Williams after winning their quarterfinal match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Yusra Mardini, swimming for the Refugee Olympic Team, competes in a women's 100m butterfly heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A 1996 file photo of a young Mia Hamm, who by that time had won four collegiate titles and a World Cup. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Indy Car driver Danica Patrick poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy, given to the winner of the Indianapolis 500, on May 23, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
East's Elena Delle Donne, of the Chicago Sky, gestures during the second half of the WNBA All-Star basketball game, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill))
n this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women's Olympic football tournament match against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Eugenio Savio, File)
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