Here is a collection of female athletes who have made a mark in the past 12 months.

Simone Biles

Over the past 12 months, 21-year-old American female athlete has entered the history of world gymnastics, becoming a symbol of resilience and endurance. More than 2 years of absence from Rio 2016, the Olympic champion has returned strongly when winning 6 medals at the World Championship, including 4 gold medals.

Lindsey Vonn

Considered by many to be the most popular face in winter sports, Vonn decided to retire in February 2019 at the World Championships. Despite the injury, the female ski player still finished the test and won bronze. Instead of retreating before, Vonn continued and everyone considered her an inspiration. Former Olympic champion and world record 82 world cup winner.

Ada Hegerberg

In December 2018, striker Hegerberg of Lyon and Norway became the first to receive the title of Women’s Golden Ball. The 23-year-old scored a goal in the Champions League final last year to help Lyon beat Wolfsburg 4-1, and is also the top scorer with 15 goals.

Naomi Osaka

The past 12 months in Osaka’s career have been like a dream. The 21-year-old Japanese woman made a breakthrough performance by winning the championship at Indian Wells, followed by two consecutive Grand Slam titles at the US Open and the Australian Open. Becoming the world’s No. 1, Naomi becomes a new superstar but her humility is seen as a role model.

Ana Carrasco

In September 2018, Ana became the first woman to win a motorcycle racing title by winning the World Supersport 300. The 21-year-old Spaniard became a role model for women and girls. She hopes to be involved in speed sports.

Lizzie Armanto

“Take your hands off, the hardest thing I’ve done on the skateboard”. Those were the words Lizzie shared after she became the first woman to complete the infamous 360 “Tony Hawk” 360-degree loop. 26-year-old girl from Santa Monica, California challenged gravity to land safely where is considered one of the most dangerous stunts of skateboarding.

Laura Muir

At the 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships, the Scottish girl won gold at a distance of 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters, two years after doing the same in Belgrade. Her talent was also shown in outdoor competitions when she won 2 Diamond League titles and 1 Gold Medal in the European Championship in 2018. Muir is one of the brightest candidates for the Tokyo Olympic gold medal in medium distance.

Alyssa Healy

The 28-year-old is the mainstay for Australia to win the ICC World T20, as the top scorer. She was voted the best player of the tournament. The Australian Cricketer engraved her name on a world record for the highest catch with a ball from a drone dropped at an altitude of 82.5 meters.