Megan Rapinoe — who famously dissed Trump — is SI's Sportsperson of the Year

You may have fell in love with her as she led the U.S. National Soccer Team to the World Cup and, ultimately, a tournament victory.

I fell in love with her when she said this:


And now Megan Rapinoe is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year, becoming only the fourth woman to garner the honor alone:


— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 9, 2019


Megan Rapinoe is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year. She is just the fourth woman in the award’s 66-year history to win it unaccompanied, a feat that is both a remarkable athletic achievement and a reflection of entrenched gender biases. Rapinoe challenged perceptions of her, of female athletes, of all women. She led her teammates, three months before their tentpole tournament, to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay; to declare in advance that they would not visit the White House when they won the Cup; to score 13 goals in a group-stage match against Thailand, without apology.

Of course, there are many reasons to admire this sports hero aside from her ability to turn Donald Trump into a flailing, fragrant gas cloud full of umbrage, but to my mind, that’s the biggie.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2019


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But let’s give her her due. There’s a lot more to her than her distaste for Trump. For example, she’s been an advocate for numerous progressive causes, including equal pay for women.

And now she’s helped even out what appears to be a criminal underrepresentation of women in the magazine’s 66-year-old award.

Congratulations, Megan. Keep speaking truth to power. Even if it’s ridiculous and orange.

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