Excelle’s one-year anniversary: 10 of our favorite women’s sports stories from our first year

On Feb. 3, 2016, a group of seven current and former athletes gathered in a top-floor office several blocks west of Union Square in downtown New York City. It wasn’t a particularly remarkable day—a Wednesday, slightly overcast, seasonably cold—but for the seven people on the 18th floor of the old Palladian building, the day was momentous: They were launching Excelle Sports, the only news outlet that would be dedicated entirely to covering all women’s sports.

Since, Excelle has published more than 3,000 articles on women athletes, coaches, teams, mavericks, movers and shakers, detailing everything from the major issues to the minor games while spanning a range of more than 25 different sports. Today, the website is read in 192 countries around the world, with committed fans as close as Milford, New Hampshire and as faraway as Monrovia, Liberia.

Over the last 365 days, Excelle has hit, kicked, stroked, swam, run, biked and breathed women’s sports, going deep inside the world of female athletes and their activities to give readers access in a whole new way: up close, intimate, a 360-degree view with a zoom button that actually works.

As we celebrate our one-year anniversary Feb. 3, 2017, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite stories on women’s sports that we’ve published over the last year. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means—you can find many more compelling stories here. And, over the next year, we expect to deliver many others here from the 18th floor—and from the fields, courts, tracks, pools and pitches—as we continue to cover women’s sports like no one else is now or has ever before.

01. The Ginny Baker dilemma: Does MLB care more about “Pitch” than women’s professional softball?

Monica Abbott
Monica Abbott (Photo by NPF)

2. How one coach built the best women’s soccer team in history

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: Coll, Soccer: Portrait of (L-R) North Carolina's Carmen Watley, Alyssa Ramsey, (sitting L) Catherine Reddick, coach Anson Dorrance, (sitting R) Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O'Reilly, and Lori Chalupny, Chapel Hill, NC 10/31/2003 (Photo by Greg Foster/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (SetNumber: X69573)
Anson Dorrance and UNC soccer (Photo by Greg Foster/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

3. What do we call you?: The controversies, conveniences of gender marking ‘female’ athletes

Serena Williams in a Nike ad.
Serena Williams (Advertisement by Nike)

4. Alie Jimerson is breaking barriers for female Native American lacrosse players

(Photo: Bill Ziskin/Albany Athletics)
Alie Jimerson (Photo by Bill Ziskin/Albany Athletics)

5. Olympic medalist Kim Vandenberg on being the first alternate

Kim Vandenberg

6. How Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols ‘flipped a switch’ to become gymnastics’ biggest star

Madison Mooring/OU Athletics
(Photo by Madison Mooring/OU Athletics)

7. What Title IX missed: How the gender-equity law has led to fewer women coaches

(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 2, 2016 in Paris shows the three nominees for the Best FIFA Womens Coach Award, (LtoR) US head coach Jill Ellis looking on during the semifinal football match between USA and Germany during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Montreal on June 30, 2015, Germany's then head coach Silvia Neid looking on during the Algarve Cup football match Brazil vs Germany in Parchal on March 9, 2015, and Sweden's head coach Pia Sundhage addressing the team's press conference at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Canada on June 15, 2015. Jill Ellis, Silvia Neid and Pia Sundhage are the three nominees for The Best FIFA Womens Coach Award, the FIFA announced on December 2, 2016. / AFP (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG,FRANCK FIFE,GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
(Photo by Francisco Leong, Franck Fife, Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Puerto Rican tennis player Monica Puig is making Olympic history and getting goosebumps

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Monica Puig of Puerto Rico celebrates a point during her quarter final women's singles match against Kristina Mladenovic of France on day five of the WTA Aegon International at Devonshire Park on June 23, 2016 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA)
Monica Puig of Puerto Rico (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA)

9. Can Maria Toorpakai change the world while becoming its best squash player too?

TORONTO, ON - APRIL, 22 Maria Toorpakai, once the little girl who dressed as a boy in Pakistan to feed her passion for sport and became the country's no. 1 squash player. She was thrown into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of the Taliban. She now lives in Riverdale in Toronto to pursue her dream of a world championship and raising her voice for oppressed women across the globe and her life story, 'A Different Kind of Daughter' is due out in early May. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Maria Toorpakai (Photo by Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

10. Everyone is happy to have Holly Rowe back

Tampa, FL - April 6, 2015 - Holly Rowe and Coach Geno Auriemma of the University of Connecticut Huskies during the 2015 Women's Final 4 semifinal game (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)
Holly Rowe (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)

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