In early 2015, Ironman’s newly formed board of advisors had their first meeting. One of the issues to be discussed was an open letter signed by numerous female (and male) triathletes that stated in part:
Ironman currently offers 50 slots for the professional men and 35 slots for the professional women at the Ironman World Championships and 70.3 World Championships. Ironman claims that the reason for this inequitable treatment is that the male-to-female percentage of all athletes competing in 70.3 and 140.6 distance races globally is 67 percent to 33 percent and that the professional women’s field is not as competitive as the professional men’s field. Regardless of the reasons Ironman uses to justify this inequality, the disparate treatment of professional women at the very highest levels of the sport has a trickle-down effect on women of all ages and abilities. How can anyone, let alone a female triathlete, justify to her daughters, sisters and friends that “Anything is Possible” when opportunities for women are less possible than opportunities for men? We ask you to consider this issue as one of the many important issues on the table.
Ironman champion Sarah Piampiano was one of the co-signers of the letter. She joined Fox News’ Tamara Holder on “Sports Court” to discuss:
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