Being a winner in sports requires a certain degree of luck. Yes, luck. This element does not supersede talent and hard work but at times it certainly can be a legitimate factor during a game. Here are three of the luckiest women in sports today who also happen to be talented and ambitious.
Lucky Brittney Griner was born to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee in the world of basketball. This gifted female basketball player was blessed with physical traits that help her bring her game at every match, including a height of 6 foot 8 inches and a wingspan of 84 inches. While a student at Baylor University she was the only NCAA player to score an impressive 2,000 points and block 500 shots. Her resume also includes being a part of the U.S. Olympic team twice, helping to secure the gold medal in 2016, being AP 2012 Player of the Year, and being the most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban was so impressed with her stats he asked her to try out for his team. She recently signed a new multi-year contract with the Phoenix Mercury, her home team since 2013.
Commitment and having an energetic lifestyle are part of what keep U.S. women’s soccer team superstar, Megan Rapinoe, winning on the field. The other part? Luck of course. That was the case during the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup when she had one of the most memorable moments in sports history. During that game, Rapinoe became the first and only player, male or female, to score a Goal Olimpico at the2012 Olympic Games. Replays of her now famous corner kick entering the net untouched by another player is a fantastic example of how talent and luck can work together to bring about unbelievable scoring. Among her other accomplishments, Rapinoe can also list being on the teams that secured two Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
Professional poker player Annie Duke would probably cringe at even thinking that anything other than talent and knowledge were responsible for her getting to the top of her game – but it’s those things combined with a good hand at the right time that has brought her success. The brilliant card player has raked in over $2.3 million in career winnings in a heavily male dominated game. She’s used that luck to make the world a better place, too, founding Ante Up for Africa with Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein in 2007 to boost non-profits that benefit African nations. Duke used the fame she garnered on the Celebrity Apprentice to fundraise over $700,000 to donate to Refugees International.
Overall there is nothing wrong with crediting women athletes with a little bit of luck – as long you also take the time to recognize their endless commitment and talent in the game. Hard work certainly pays off when women find themselves at the right place at the right time – and luck kicks in.