In November 1976, DeFrantz voted for Jimmy Carter. By 1980, she wanted a mulligan.
She had just trained another three-plus years to earn a spot on the 1980 Olympic rowing team — until Carter announced the U.S. would be boycotting the Moscow Games to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Other Olympic athletes groaned and threw up their hands in disgust; DeFrantz actually did something about it.
She demanded a meeting with Carter. She wasn’t going to stop until she got it. She warned her parents the DeFrantz name was going to be dragged through the mud in the coming months, that she would be “standing up to suppress” the president of the United States. She told her folks if they wanted her to end her crusade, tell her now. They answered: Go get ’em.
“I didn’t mind killing my career,” she said.
She had ideas for Carter. She said the ’80 team could just boycott Moscow’s opening ceremony to send a message. Or they could have just one person walk in carrying the U.S. flag. Or, like the European countries, they could enter solemnly under the Olympic flag “so the president wouldn’t be embarrassed.”
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Celebrating Women's History Month
Women's history month - a celebration of the contributions of girls and women to the development of society, and to our shared history. I honor all of the women who came before me, and will come after me, for all of their important achievements and victories for the human race. Here's to the women in our families, among our friends, and in the workplace; and here's to the men that love them and support them too.
About Women's History Month:
Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.
The commemoration began in 1978 as "Women's History day" in Sonoma County, California, and was championed by Gerda Lerner and the National Women's History Alliance to be recognized as a national week (1980) and then month (1987) in the United States, spreading internationally after that.
I am honored to work with the leaders and educators of WomenX - and grateful to have been featured in their 2023 WomenX Women’s History Calendar. I'd like to thank Ms. Tiffany Bullock of WomenX, and also the incredibly talented artist and illustrator, Mia Saine for this opportunity.
For more information about Tiffany and WomenX, please visit her on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffany-bullock-19739618/
Also, be sure to stop by Mia's portfolio for more examples of her artwork: https://www.agoodson.com/portfolios/mia-saine/
An Interview with Conor Heffernan and Anita DeFrantz: Sports History and U.S. Women's Weightlifting
Join Anita DeFrantz and Professor Conor Heffernan as they discuss sports history and the legacy of women's weightlifting in the USA.
Mr. Heffernan is currently a lecturer at Ulster University in Belfast, and is a former Assistant Professor of Physical Culture and Sports Science at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mr. Heffernan can be contacted on Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/conor-heffernan-8405b31b0/
An Interview with Professor Victoria Harms and Anita DeFrantz: LA84, the Cold War, and LA28
Please join us for an hour of education and sports history with the Olympic Medalist and IOC Member, Anita L. DeFrantz, and Professor Victoria Harms of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Harms is a visiting assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, and is currently engaged in works concerning LA84 and the Cold War.
In this interview, Anita and the Professor speak about LA84, its legacy, and of course, the upcoming 2028 Olympic Games.
Professor Harms can be contacted on Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-harms-5769801b1/
Enjoy this interview about leadership, success, and service between Olympic Medalist Anita L. DeFrantz and Ms. Orlyanka Tantchou of No Limit International!
Merry Christmas from Anita!
Dear friends, this holiday season in 2022, we have much to be grateful and thankful for. I'm sending my prayers and hearty Christmas greetings to you all. May you receive the most special of God’s blessings during this amazing Christmas season!
Mentoring youth is one of my favorite passions in life, for our young people are our future. Eternal gratitude to Sabina Pierce, one of the most talented photographers I've ever had the pleasure of meeting!
Be sure to review Sabina's other works here:
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Come on, France, you can do better. This is just another modern example of the effects of globalism and trade, and why I for one wish for manufacturing to return to the West; specifically, to the United States too! I understand this is easier said than done, though. What are your thoughts on returning manufacturing back to the West - is it possible? Should it be attempted?
"Peace Hat and Little Girl" by Tony Fischer Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Kamila Valieva - a teenaged figure skating star from Russia, faces a four year ban on competing due to a positive test for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). Drug use in Sport for me has always been a big no-no; it ruins the concept of open competition on a fair playing field, destroys the hard work and training by un-enhanced competitors, and abuses the spirit of the Olympic Games. In addition, I find the practice of doping to be highly divisive.
Kamila Valieva faces a four year ban on competing due to her drug test results - but is it enough? There have been murmurs of introducing lifetime bans for doping offenses. What are your thoughts?
"Staraya Russa, Russia" by Lex Kravetski is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.