5. Emily Fields, Pretty Little Liars
My number one TV guilty pleasure is the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars – the scandal! The romance! The outfits! – and the series’ Emily Fields makes my list of not only one of my favorite fictional athletes, but one of my favorite characters on TV today.
4. Bliss Cavendar, Whip It
If you ask me, Whip It is one of the most under-appreciated movies in recent history. Sure, it isn’t exactly Oscar-worthy, but Bliss’ character is both real and inspiring.
Bliss falls in love with roller derby when she goes to see a bout. She decides to try out after a member of the team tells her, “Put some skates on. Be your own hero.”
3. Maggie Fitzgerald, Million Dollar Baby
Right off the bat, Maggie faces discrimination from Frankie, a trainer and popular former athlete, who tells her that he “doesn’t train girls.” Maggie has to prove herself to Frankie, working out endlessly in Frankie’s gym and eventually convincing him to work with her; developing a close relationship with him, and rising successfully to the top of the boxing world.
2. Kit Keller, A League of Their Own
1. Jess Bhamra, Bend it Like Beckham
When I think of awesome fictional women in sports, I think of Jesminder Bhamra. Jess has always been passionate about football (or soccer, as we call it on this side of the pond), but her traditional Indian parents have no interest in her playing on an organized team – or at all, for that matter.
Who did I leave out? Let me know below!
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