Wiggins left off U.S. women's Olympic basketball team Sports, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jul 11, 2008 at 4:20 am
When the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team gathers in San Francisco at the end of the month for a short training camp before departing for Beijing, one local favorite will not be in attendance. Stanford grad Candice Wiggins, who led the Cardinal to the NCAA championship game this past season, will not get a chance to add an Olympic gold medal to her impressive resume.
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Posted by Carol Anne, a resident of another community, on Jul 11, 2008 at 4:20 am
Sadly, it seems that USA Basketball is run like a junior high girls' clique. Once a player is "in," she stays on the roster, injured or not. Whoever would have thought that Becky Hammon wouldn't even be invited to try out?
Posted by BP, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:11 pm
Pam, I disagree, and I think most collegiate student athletes (male and female) would as well:
"The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with these cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt
Posted by PAMD, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm
The only people who benefit from female contact sports like hoops are the coaches who gain fame and fortune.
For the players there are high rate of horrible crippling injuries, these rate are very much higher than in mens sports.
The women have no prospects for professional sports after college and at a school like Stanford they miss out on excellent educational and social opportunities because they spend some much time practicing or injured.
Posted by BP, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jul 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm
First, I don't think many people consider basketball to be a contact sport. Second, I think it's unfair to say the only people the benefit are the coaches - surely the Title IX movement was lost on you (and I'm a male!). There are tons of benefits of playing sports, especially college athletics. In fact, I would argue that student athletes live more well-rounded lives and are more equipped to deal with the real world after graduation vs. those who have never played sports. Most people don't play sports because they have aspirations of becoming a professional - especially female student athletes. I also think you are really over exaggerating the number of female student athletes are "crippled" playing sports.
Did you play sports in high school or in college? Did you get hurt?
If I ever have a daughter, I would love her to play sports, including basketball.