Ann Gaffigan (anngaff)



Overland Park, KS, USA

About anngaff:

Chief Technical Officer, Women Talk Sports. I competed in Track & Field and Cross-Country in college at the University of Nebraska and competed professionally in Track & Field (3000m Steeplechase) from when I graduated in May 2004 until the 2008 Olympic Trials.

anngaff's Favorite Sports:

MMA, Olympics, Running, Soccer, Track & Field

anngaff's Posts:

Interview with Dara Torres
posted on May 6, 2010 at 12:26am

(Photo credit: Andrea Mead Cross)Dara Torres is busy promoting her new book Gold Medal Fitness, which was just released this week, but she took the time to answer our interview questions in honor of Mother's Day. Torres has won nine Olympic medals, four ...more

Mother's Day Giveaway - Win 4 Tickets to a Chicago Red Stars Game plus memorabilia! Great for Soccer Moms!
posted on April 29, 2010 at 5:18pm

The Chicago Red Stars are pleased to award the winner with an awesome prize pack that is sure to bring out the Soccer Mom in anyone! The prize pack includes a new "Are You Ready?" shirt for Mom as well as some other great Red Stars memorabilia. This ...more

Mother's Day Giveaway - Marion Mercer Vintage 1970's Necklace ($85 Value)
posted on April 29, 2010 at 1:34pm

Style your mom in a chic yet eco-friendly way this Mother’s Day with this vintage 1970’s Napier gold-tone necklace (with 8-leaf dimensional cluster • 20 inch rope chain • 3 ½ inch pendant) from the online vintage retailer (as ...more

Mother's Day Giveaway - Signed copy of She's on First, story of the 1st female major leaguer
posted on April 29, 2010 at 12:23am

What a great gift for mom! Her very own copy of She's on First, the story of the first female major league baseball player, signed by the author! About the Book: She's on First is back! Full of riveting baseball action and captivating characters, this ...more

Mother's Day Giveaway - Moji Back Pain Relief System
posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:27pm

The Moji Back Pain Relief System was developed to naturally ease chronic and acute lower back pain while allowing for complete mobility.  Designed to be worn on the go, Moji Back’s system features a Support Wrap, which allows mothers ...more

Mother's Day Giveaway - Threads Remembered custom pillow keepsake
posted on April 28, 2010 at 8:01pm

Show your mom how much you care with a special memory pillow this Mothers Day. Threads Remembered will turn one lucky winner’s item of clothing (think: shirts, scarves, a wedding dress, or even just a t-shirt or blanket) into a pillow for your moth...more

I have to step in here and defend Lorena
posted on April 26, 2010 at 2:08pm

On a busy Monday morning, I have to stop for a few minutes and put some thoughts down (up?) about Lorena Ochoa. I've seen too many things written about her in a critical light, and I think it's getting to be a little much. As a (former?) athlete and moth...more

Drake Relays Recap
posted on April 25, 2010 at 12:45pm

While the Penn Relays stay true to their name and put the relay events center-stage, the Drake Relays have a bit different model, emphasizing the superstars competing in the individual events. It's a great mix that gives the fans two exciting meets to fol...more

Penn Relays Recap
posted on April 25, 2010 at 11:40am

The Penn Relays, now dubbed "USA vs. the World", is primarily about USA vs. Jamaica, at least on the final (televised) day. After dominating the sprint events for decades, Jamaican sprinters took over at the 2008 Olympics with Usain Bolt grabbing all of t...more

Interview with Adrienne Lofton, Senior Marketing Director at Under Armour
posted on April 23, 2010 at 5:39pm

Adrienne Lofton is the Senior Marketing Director at Under Armour. She played volleyball at Howard University and then worked her way up from being an intern at Gap, to positions at GM and Target, to where she is now. I interviewed her as she took a break ...more

Interview with Lindsey Vonn on set of Under Armour shoot
posted on April 23, 2010 at 4:58pm

I interviewed Lindsey Vonn on set of the Under Armour "Protect this House" shoot for Under Armour in Denver about how she powers through injuries and negativity, who she looks up to, whether women's ski jumping should be in the Olympics, and how having a ...more

Biden on Title IX: "We have a long way to go and want to take away any barrier that exists" [Video]
posted on April 21, 2010 at 1:52pm

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the Obama administration's repeal of President Bush's 2005 changes to Title IX guidelines that made it easier for colleges to evade their obligation to provide equal opportunities for men and women in athletics. "Tit...more

You're a Bravebird (A Republishing from Steeplechics.com)
posted on April 20, 2010 at 8:59pm

Author's Note: I am republishing this post from steeplechics.com, where I originally posted it in March of 2008. I will gradually be doing this will all of my posts from that site, as they are relevant to Women Talk Sports and are also my original writing...more

Interview with Jill Montgomery, Sports Broadcaster for NBC/Universal Sports
posted on April 18, 2010 at 7:25pm

I did a quick interview with Jill Montgomery trackside at the Mt. SAC Relays yesterday. Montgomery is a sports broadcaster for NBC and Universal Sports. She has commentated on track & field, basketball, football, baseball and soccer. Her last gig was ...more

Battle of the Sexes Puma Mile: Parker Makes the Men Earn It
posted on April 17, 2010 at 3:13am

Barbara Parker was going to make sure she either won the $10,000 Puma contract or the man who did had to put up the fight of his life. Parker took off at the gun that started the women's field, setting a 4:30 mile pace on the first lap and never letting ...more

Battle of the Sexes Puma Mile LIVE Friday at 7:45pm PT
posted on April 16, 2010 at 8:04pm

The 2009 Puma Mile was for men only and winner David Torrance got a $3,000 one-year contract with Puma. There was no women's race. This year, the Puma Mile page on Flotrack stated that the winner would receive a $10,000 contract. I scanned the rules and ...more

Skyping with Track Stars: Shayla Houlihan
posted on April 14, 2010 at 4:55pm

Shayla Houlihan is one of the hottest distance runners on the scene this year, having turned into one of the top competitors in the nation in what seemed to be the blink of an eye. She PR'd numerous times this indoor season and then took a whopping 26 sec...more

Sesame Street Teaches Young Girls that Princesses Can Play Football
posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:42pm

I was watching Sesame Street this morning with my 10 1/2 month old daughter Jaelyn. The episode was called "Princess Show" and when I hit Play on the DVR, I cringed slightly...I figured it was going to be a bunch of reenactments of fairytales where a dams...more

Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Prognosis "Excellent"
posted on April 7, 2010 at 12:34pm

Nine-time Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS. Fortunately, the cancer was detected early and the outlook is very optimistic. "The prognosis of someo...more

Chebet out-sprints Masai to win World Cross Country Championships
posted on March 28, 2010 at 4:39pm

Pre-race co-favorite Linet Masai was outsprinted by a countrywoman for the second straight year to lose the lead and take silver at the World Cross Country Championships. Masai, just 20 years old, led a very aggressive race over the muddy and difficult ...more

Tate Triumphs Over Frausto
posted on March 27, 2010 at 3:53pm

Miesha Tate walked the walk last night as she beat Zoila Frausto in Round 2 by armbar submission, which Frausto endured for 30 seconds before tapping. Tate had predicted she would finish Frausto in the second round either by grounding and pounding or by s...more

Rainy and Muddy - how the World Cross-Country Championships are meant to be
posted on March 26, 2010 at 4:39pm

The IAAF World Cross-Country Championship - arguably the toughest distance race of all - takes place this Sunday in Bydgoszcz, Poland. A few weeks ago, the Polish national race took place on the same course, and the lead women could barely run 6 min/mile ...more

Tonight: Try Showtime for Free and watch former soccer player Zoila Frausto take on veteran Miesha Tate
posted on March 26, 2010 at 10:33am

Strikeforce CS 7 will take place tonight (Friday, March 26, 2010) at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. Hometown favorite Zoila Frausto, an undefeated women’s prospect, will take on veteran Miesha “Takedown” Tate (8-2) of Olympia, WA.  Fraust...more

Skyping with Track Stars: Alysia Johnson
posted on March 23, 2010 at 4:50pm

I did some Skyping over the weekend with track star Alysia Johnson, an 800m stud from the United States, fresh off a bronze medal at the Indoor World Championships a little over a week ago.Alysia was a California state champion in high school and went to ...more

Her Name is Lolo, She is a World Champ
posted on March 14, 2010 at 3:01am

-Lolo Jones' (@followlolo) first tweet after winning the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Track & Field Championships. She did it. She finally did it. She got that gold medal on the day it counted. And she almost leaped over the crash pad - probably eig...more

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