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(Newport Beach, Irvine High, Olympics) One of the most decorated swimmers of the decade, Irvine-raised Amanda Beard is a four-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008), seven-time Olympic medalist and holder of eight U.S. titles.
(Mission Viejo, Futures High School, Olympics) In 2006, Sasha Cohen overcame the flu to win her first U.S. Championship and her second trip to the Winter Olympics. At the 2006 Torino Games, she was first after the artistry of her short program but fell on her first jump, a triple lutz, in the free skate. She won the silver – and her first Olympic -- medal.
(Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine Tennis, Olympics) Lindsay Davenport has been one of only four women since 1975 to finish four seasons ranked No. 1 in the world by WTA (1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005). She has won 55 singles and 37 doubles titles, won three Grand Slam finals and captured an Olympic gold medal.
(Mission Viejo High, U.S. National Soccer, Olympics) The former captain for 13 of her 18 years on the U.S. Women’s National team recently retired after one of the most accomplished careers in the sport. She played in all four World Cups, becoming a champion twice, and three Olympics, winning gold in 1996 and 2004 and silver in 2000. She finished her national team career with 45 goals, 59 assists and 271 international appearances – or caps.
(Torrance, UCLA, Olympics) Michelle Kwan is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history, having won a record 42 championships, including five World Championships (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003) and 11 world overall medals – all from 1996 to 2004.
(USC, USA National team, WNBA Sparks, Olympics) One of the best basketball players in the history of her sport, Lisa Leslie has played her entire WNBA career with the Sparks, leading them to three WNBA Finals and titles in 2001 and 2002. She earned three WNBA Most Valuable Player awards and made seven WNBA All-Star game appearances. The 6-foot-5 forward is also a four-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008).
(Costa Mesa, Newport Harbor High, Long Beach State, AVP, Olympics) Misty May has become the winningest and richest female beach volleyball player in the world, amassing 105 victories – 67 on the AVP tour – and $1.8 million in prize money. She and longtime playing partner Kerri Walsh have been the most dominant tandem on sand, becoming the first team to win back-to-back gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
(Mission Viejo, Olympics) A teenager who used to swim for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, Dara Torres became the first swimmer to compete in five Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008). The freestyle swimmer has won 12 Olympics medals, including four golds.
(Compton, Tennis, Olympics) Serena currently is ranked No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association, a ranking she has had five previous times. A winner of all four Grand Slam events in her career, she is both the reigning singles and women’s doubles champion at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She owns 23 Grand Slam titles.
(Compton, Tennis, Olympics) She is older (by a year) than sister Serena Williams but the first Williams to break onto the world tennis scene. Venus Williams has won 41 singles titles, including seven Grand Slams, all in this decade.
OC-LA Sportswoman of the Decade
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