Oh, No, Not A Sports Question! / One Cup Of Java Challenge
Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: In 1972, tennis player Billie Jean King was a famous first when she was named Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year,” an honor she shared that year with coach John Wooden. Since 1972, a handful of other women have been recognized with this honor by the magazine – but almost always in a shared honor with a man, or as part of a team. In fact, Sports Illustrated has only ever named two women “Sportsperson of the Year” all by themselves. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name either of the women who got an entire year to themselves as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Answers: 1976- Chris Evert, tennis; 1983- Mary Decker, track.
Bonus Blog Trivia: Women who shared the honor or won as part of a team are: Mary Lou Retton, gymnastics, 1984; Judi Brown King, track, 1987; Patty Sheehan, golf, 1987; Bonnie Blair, speedskating, 1994; and the U.S. Women's Soccer team, 1999.