Monday, June 13, 2005

Folkl Point

There aren't as many two-sport athletes as there used to be, but you can still find one every once in a while. What is very rare is a female two-sport athlete, at least on a high level. Probably the best recent examples would be Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who played professional basketball briefly (as well as her illustrious track and field career); and Marion Jones, who played basketball for North Carolina, and is obviously a track star as well. A unique example this website was able to come across was Kristin Folkl, who played in the WNBA for the Minnesota Lynx and Portland Fire after starring on an NCAA Final Four Volleyball team at Stanford. Folkl played on the US National Volleyball team her sophomore year, sacrificing college basketball that year to do so. All told, Folkl appeared in 6 Final Fours between basketball and volleyball. That's solid.

No one from this recent group has anything on Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, the greatest female athlete of all-time, but it's nice to see that some current female athletes can multi-task.


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