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Covering Female Athletes

Sports Illustrated stirs controversy when their cover photo of an Olympic skier seems to focus more on her physical appearance than her athletic abilities.

This case study examines the controversy over the Sports Illustrated cover photo of U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, which some commentators argued was focused more on Vonn’s physical appearance than her athletic abilities. It highlights different perspectives on the coverage of female athletes in popular media and the representation of female athletes in sports journalism.

The full case study, discussion questions, and additional resources can be accessed through the link below, which will open a new tab at The Texas Program in Sports & Media (TPSM) website.

TPSM Case Study: Covering Female Athletes




Media representations of individuals or groups can hurt by reflecting stereotypes and mistaken beliefs or can help by being truthful and inclusive.