Saturday, 16 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #17 Kitty van Male

Kitty is a Dutch Field Hockey player. She was a part of the squad that won the European Championships this year. Kitty has been a part of previous squads at major Championships, even winning Gold at the Olympics in 2012. The Dutch beat out the Belgians into second to take the European Championships, with England finishing third.
Kitty was in the Top 25 in 2016 finishing in 18th, so this year has seen a one place improvement. She was first featured on the site on 12th June 2016.

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #18 Alina Talay

The Belarussian is a hugely popular choice on HWiS. This year the 28 year old won Silver at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, and finished 6th in the World Championships held in London. This should make up for her disappointing 2016 where she faired badly at the Olympics.
Alina has featured on the site a lot aside from her initial posting in July 2014, she has had a best of Instagram in March 2015. She finished second in the Top 24 of 2015. As a consequence we published a best of Gallery last year you can find on the right side bar.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #19 Elena Vesnina

Elena is another name that find herself constantly making the top 25 list. The Russian Tennis player had a first this year, winning her first Wimbledon Doubles. With relatively early exist from all the mjaors, not making it into the second week on any of them, but she did however capture her biggest Singles trophy of her career with a win at Indian Wells. At 31 most players are starting to fade but Elena is getting more success the longer her career goes on.
Elena was 13th on last years list so has slipped, and was first featured on the site in June 2014.

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Top 25 of 2017: #20 Maria Paseka

22 year old Russian Gymnast Maria Paseka followed up her 2016 Olympic successes with more success this year, propelling her to 20th in our top 25 (Her first appearance in the list) Competing at the World Championships in Montreal, and the Universiade in Taipei, Maria took a Gold medal from each in the Vault in the Worlds and the Team event in the Universiade. She also took bronze in the Vault in the World Championships, giving her a very successful year.
Maria first featured on HWiS on the &th August in 2016, right in the middle of the Olympics. She has since matched her Gymnastic success with her popularity on this site. 

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #21 Danielle Wyatt

For the first time in the HWiS top 25 list we have a Cricketer featuring. Dani Wyatt is and English cricketer who featured in the World Cup winning squad for England this year. She didn;t feature in the final but the all-rounder did feature during the tournament. The 26 year old plays for Sussex in County Cricket, Southern Vipers in the Twenty20 League in England, and also Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Womens Twenty20 League the Big Bash.
She first featured on HWiS in July 2014, and has up till now been one of the lesser visited pages on the site, till this years World Cup, where she became very popular in the Summer.

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Top 25 of 2017: #22 Airine Palsyte

This Lithuanian High jumper makes her first ever appearence in the top 25 list this year. The 25 year old scored two medals, winning Gold at the European Indoor Championships held in Belgrade at a Bronze at the Universiade, held in Taipei. She also finished 7th in the World Championships held in in London. All of this shows a career on the rise as these are all pretty much best ever performances.
Airine first featured on HWiS in February 2016, but only her successes this year have led to an increased popularity on the site.

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Top 25 of 2017: #23 Pernille Blume

The Danish swimmer was always going to find it hard to top 2016, when she was an unexpected Olympic champion. She won Bronze in the 100m freestyle in the World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. Although way behind 2016 level of success her massive popularity on the site has propelled her to 23rd on this years list, a position probably in advance of her achievements.
Pernille first featured on the site in December 2014, and also a Best of Instagram feature in January 2017. She was 4th in the 2016 Top 25, and was one of the inaugural site favourites compiled galleries featured on the front page.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #24 Emma Coburn

American Long Distance runner Emma Coburn is in at 24th in the Top 25 this year. Ina wonderful 2017, she was crowned World Champion at the World Championships in London, beating her compatriot Courtney Frerichs, and 4 Kenyans who all ran faster in the season. Coburn is also the American national champion. Coburn did not win any Diamond League meets, but no doubt won the greatest honour of the season with the World Championship.
Emma was first featured on the site in September 2015. This is her first appearance in the top 25 of the year.

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Monday, 11 December 2017

Top 25 of 2017: #25 Dominika Cibuolkova

Slovakian Tennis star Dominika Cibulkova, Domi to her legion of fans is pretty much a staple of the top 25. She is an exceedingly popular on the HWiS pages being the first girl ever featured. Her 2017 was not her greatest year, not getting much beyond the 3rd Round in any of the Tennis Majors. However her overall WTA points tally for the year, with a runners up position in the Conneticut Open and a Runners up spot in the Doubles at Hertogenbosch.
Now 28, Domi is in the final years of her career, but after her 2016 great successes there is still life in here career yet.

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Top 25 of 2017

In the next few days the 2017 Top 25 Countdown will be on. The top 25 women of the year in both success and popularity, which are combined using an algorithim to calculate the top 25 of the year. The hits per day on the site for all entries for each girl, multiplied b their success in competition this year.

The previous count-downs have seen Sam Quek, Dafne Schippers and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot top the list and 2017 could be time for a new name to top the list. 

Here are the previous lists 201620152014

We will keep this list updated with the full countdown and links

25. Dominika Cibulkova - Tennis - Slovakia - Dominika Cibulkova
24. Emma Coburn - Athletics - USA - Emma Coburn
23. Pernille Blume - Swimming - Denmark - Pernille Blume
22. Airine Palsyte - Athletics - Lithuania - Airine Palsyte
21. Danielle Wyatt - Cricket - UK - Danielle Wyatt

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Nicole Rajicova

Slovakian Figure Skater

Name: Nicole Rajicova
Nationality: Slovakia
Birthdate : 13 August 1995
Place of Birth:  New York, USA
Sport: Ice Skating
Height: 1m63cm  (5'4)

Although American born, Nicole competes for Slovakia, the nation of her parents, who had moved to the USA. Nicole also uses the more Anglicised verison of her name Nicole Rajic. Her best finish is a 6th in the Europeans, with finishes of 16th in the Worlds, so she is an outside chance of a medal.. She finished 34th in the previous Olympics.

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Alysia Rissling

Canadian Bobsledder

Name: Alysia Rissling
Nationality: Canadian
Date of Birth: 16 November 1988
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sport: Bobsleigh
Height: 1m80cm (5'10)

Alysia is a Canadian Bobsledder. She is gunning for Olympic qualification but faces stiff competiton within Canada to be named Pilot of one of their Olympic sleds, with Kaillie Humphreys prominently as competition. She hopes to to be sliding towards that podium in Pyeongchang in 2018 in South Korea.

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