Megan Rapinoe Has Been Named Sport Illustrated’s 2019 Sportsperson of the Year


Even though President Donald Trump (probably) won’t be pleased with this, lesbian U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe has been named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

The 34-year-old Rapinoe is only the fourth woman in 66 years to be named Sportsperson of the Year, and her crowning achievement was leading the American soccer team to victory at the 2019 FIFA World Cup. She was also awarded the Golden Boot and the 2019 Ballon d’Or, but she wasn’t named Sportsperson of the Year just because of her skills on the football field. She is also famous for her activism and vocal demands for an end to misogyny and hating on LGBTQ+ people in sports.


Rapinoe’s proud, feminist pose after she scored the winning goal in the World Cup has been described as “the signature sporting image of 2019” by the magazine, and they also highlighted her refusal to visit the President’s White House after she brought her team to victory.

The winning goal came just a few days after Trump’s Twitter tirade, and she said that her pose was a direct response to the President.

Rapinoe was also given credit by Sports Illustrated for suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay, and for kneeling at a game in solidarity with former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick.



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