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Our own Julie Foudy says it best:
Val Ackerman served as the WNBA's first president for eight years, before becoming the first female president of USA Basketball in 2005. During her term with USAB, both the men's and women's U.S. teams won gold at the Beijing Olympics. A graduate of UCLA's law school, she's currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves as the U.S. representative to FIBA. She and her husband have two daughters.
Gretchen Bleiler is a four-time winner of the Winter X Games Halfpipe competition and a 2006 Winter Olympic silver medalist.
Tamika Catchings was a four-time All-American for Tennessee. A six-time WNBA All-Star and five-time Defensive Player of the Year for the Indiana Fever, Catchings is also a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Graham Hays covers college sports for espnW, including softball and soccer. Hays began with ESPN in 1999.
During her stellar 17 years on the U.S. national soccer team, Julie Foudy won two World Cups and three Olympic medals (two gold, one silver). Foudy captained the national team for 13 years. A 2007 inductee into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Foudy now works as an analyst for ABC/ESPN and for NBC Olympics. She is also director of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academies, a motivational speaker, and proud mother of Isabel and Declan.
Rebecca Lobo won the 1995 Naismith National Player of the Year Award after leading the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to its first national championship. She was the youngest member of the 1996 gold-medal-winning Olympic team, and now, after seven seasons in the WNBA, she covers basketball for ESPN. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Steve Rushin, and their three children.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.
Jessica Mendoza is a softball player for the National Pro Fastpitch team the Florida Pride, a two-time Olympic medalist, former Women's Sports Foundation president, mother, an ESPN color analyst, athletic ambassador for Team Darfur and a board member of the National Education Association Foundation.
Summer Sanders was the most decorated U.S. swimmer at the 1992 Olympics, winning four medals (two gold, one silver and one bronze). She has appeared on a plethora of television programs as a correspondent and host, and is currently on air with the Pac-12 Network. She is married to Olympic skier Erik Schlopy and is currently starring in her greatest role, as Skye and Spider's mom.
Sarah Spain is a SportsCenter Anchor for Chicago's ESPN1000 and a reporter for ESPNChicago.com. She's a proud Cornell alum and a huge Chicago sports fan. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahSpain.