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:

Women's Football: the women are ready, but America isn't
posted on September 12, 2011 at 10:16am

The D.C. Divas before kickoff "How is that funded?" he asked, referring to the soccer camps I had described that are available to young girls in the United States, from a very young age. "Well, the parents pay to send their girls there. Sometimes, uni...more

Lashinda Demus' gold a long time coming...and a family affair
posted on September 1, 2011 at 1:49pm

For Lashinda Demus, it's been a long time coming. Demus is a classic example of hard work and perseverance paying off as well as learning to control what you can control and letting the rest handle itself. After making her first Olympic team in 2004 as...more

Jenny Simpson stuns the world...and herself...winning 1500m gold in Daegu
posted on September 1, 2011 at 1:03pm

As I tried to keep my eyes open at 6:55am this morning to watch the women's 1500m final at the World Championships in Daegu, I wondered why I thought it was so important to catch this race live. "Why can't I just wake up in a few hours, stay off Twitter, ...more

Women's Professional Soccer Chief Executive Officer to Step Down
posted on August 31, 2011 at 6:02pm

via release SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 31, 2011) – Women’s Professional Soccer Chief Executive Officer Anne-Marie Eileraas, who has guided WPS through a third year of operations, the league’s most successful season to date, has announced...more

Linked runners will attempt to set Guinness World Record, raise money for Jenny Crain at Lakefront Marathon
posted on August 29, 2011 at 12:35am

Credit: Matthew Stockman /Allsport Jenny Crain was an elite, world-class runner who was severely injured in 2007, at the age of 39, when hit by a car while training for the trials prior to the Beijing Olympics. From Runner's World: Walkers, bikers,...more

From the Mailbag: What a female athlete looks like, a question about Pat Summitt and one about the WNBA too
posted on August 28, 2011 at 11:32pm

Sports fan Joe responded to our most recent newsletter with a couple comments and a couple questions. Check out what he has to say below and comment on this post with your responses. Thanks for writing in, Joe! Joe says: What does a female athlete look...more

Chris Evert and Victoria Azarenka on the court for city youth via
posted on August 25, 2011 at 9:41pm

Tennis Icon Chris Evert and Rising Star Victoria Azarenka Dedicate Refurbished Tennis Courts & Host Clinic for Kids via release: National “Fresh Courts” Program Brings Sport to Inner City Youth August 2011: New York: Tennis’ hallowed past and b...more

Karah Sanford victorious at U.S. Kids World Golf Championships
posted on August 25, 2011 at 12:51pm

Pictures and recap republished with permission from KarahStanford.com. The 2011 U.S. Kids World Golf Championships, which took place August 4-6, 2011, featured 1208 youngsters from 39 countries and 48 states. Players were divided into 13 age ...more

NPF Championships: Bandits make quick work of Pride, capture the title
posted on August 22, 2011 at 9:43am

via release Sulphur, LA - All season long the USSSA Florida Pride had softball fans confident that they would repeat as Cowles Cup Champions. The Chicago Bandits never got that memo as they struck early and often in a 10-3 rout of the defending and regu...more

NPF Championships Series: Advantage Bandits, Osterman Injured
posted on August 20, 2011 at 11:52pm

via release Sulphur, LA - If the remainder of the quest for the Cowles Cup goes the way game 1 in the best of 3 series went, softball fans won't be disappointed.  Game 1 of the championship round was a thriller that was decided in 8 innings wit...more

Philadelphia Independence defeat magicJack 2-0 to advance to WPS Final against WNY Flash
posted on August 20, 2011 at 11:36pm

Howard C. Smith | ISI Photos via release SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 20, 2011) – The matchup is now set for the WPS Championship presented by Citi as the Philadelphia Independence advance to the final after defeating magicJack, 2-0 in Saturday’s WP...more

Bandits trump Racers 8-1 in game 1 of semifinal series, Diamonds vs Pride weather-delayed until Friday afternoon
posted on August 19, 2011 at 9:44am

via release Semi-Final Series: Bandits vs Racers Sulphur, LA - Monica Abbott who earlier in the day was named the NPF Co-Pitcher of the Year pitched her Chicago Bandits to a game 1 victory over the Akron Racers by an 8-1 score here Thursday night at th...more

National Pro Fastpitch Announces Talented Cast for Championship Series Broadcasts
posted on August 17, 2011 at 3:39pm

via release National Pro Fastpitch announced today the television commentators for the League's hallmark event, the NPF Championship Series. The ESPN2 live telecast of the Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. EST final, will feature Jennie Finch and Leah O'Brien-A...more

National Pro Fastpitch Championships start Thursday: How to Watch
posted on August 17, 2011 at 12:23pm

The National Pro Fastpitch Championships start on Thursday, August 18, at McMurray Park in Sulphur, Louisiana.  The night kicks of the first games of two best-of-three-series between the #2 and #3 seeds and the #1 and #4 seeds. #3-seed Chicago Band...more

Aviva Grand Prix: Don't Call Any of It a Comeback - They've Been Doing This for Years
posted on August 7, 2011 at 5:32pm

In Friday and Saturday's Aviva Grand Prix in London, the world's greatest track & field athletes were showcased in almost every event the sport offers. The story in many of those events is quite different than it was back in May or even in July. As Da...more

Stockholm Diamond League gives us a taste of what's to come in Daegu
posted on July 29, 2011 at 4:17pm

Women's 800m Kenia Sinclair Kenia Sinclair was ready to go, making the rabbit work to get ahead of her and being the only woman who decided to stay with the rabbit, hitting the half-way mark at 56.86 with the rest of the field a full second behind. Sh...more

Joanna Hayes on achieving the dream and what her daughter's world will be like
posted on July 16, 2011 at 2:31pm

Joanna Hayes shocked everyone but herself when she won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the 100m hurdles, setting an Olympic record of 12.37. At the 2011 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year banquet in Hollywood, California, she talked about bel...more

Video: Jessica Mendoza on Work-Life Balance
posted on July 15, 2011 at 6:34pm

Jessica Mendoza is a professional softball player for the USSSA Pride, works for ESPN as an analyst, has served as the Women's Sports Foundation President and is a wife and mother. At the 2011 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year banquet, she talked a...more

Video: Lisa Leslie on carrying the torch
posted on July 15, 2011 at 6:30pm

At the 2011 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year banquet in Hollywood, California, I spoke with basketball legend Lisa Leslie (4-time Olympic gold medalist and the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game) about carrying the torch that has been passed from ...more

Let's Hear it for the Girls: 2011 Gatorade High School Female Athletes of the Year
posted on July 15, 2011 at 3:52pm

LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2011) - Some of the biggest names in high school and professional sports convened in Los Angeles Tuesday night as Gatorade honored the top prep male and female athletes with the ninth annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year a...more

USA Champions Brittney Reese and Morgan Uceny ride their momentum to victories in Lausanne
posted on July 1, 2011 at 10:23am

Just days after winning the long jump at the USA Track & Field Championships (her fourth straight national championship) in a personal best 23 feet 7 1/4 inches (7.19m), 2009 World Champion Brittney Reese flew to Lausanne, Switzerland, to nab her...more

Flanagan dominates the 10K, Michelle Carter battles Jillian Camarena-Williams for Shot Put title
posted on June 24, 2011 at 10:51am

A quick update from Eugene before we go to the Flotrack group run at the track. We got in too late last night to catch any action in person, but we got the updates from Twitter and from chatting with Katie Landry from the USATF in the hotel parking lot. S...more

Bislett Games to be streamed live, Ato Boldon to answer fan questions during new "Cool Down" segment
posted on June 9, 2011 at 12:06am

Universal Sports continues its extensive Diamond League Track & Field coverage this week with the ExxonMobil Bislett Games from Oslo, Norway on Thursday, June 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Bislett Games will be the fifth meet of the 2011 IAAF Samsung Diamon...more

Prefontaine Classic serves up some upsets, some world leaders and some drama
posted on June 5, 2011 at 7:15pm

The 2011 Prefontaine Classic was an exciting one on many levels, from the Friday Distance Night being added to a few big upsets to some blazing performances. I had a great time watching the Distance Night live on RunnerSpace.com and chatting about the mee...more

WTS Radio Show: Eating Disorders in Female Distance Runners with Guests Lauren Fleshman and Lize Brittin
posted on June 4, 2011 at 5:21pm

One in five female distance runners has an eating disorder and many more have some type of unhealthy relationship with food and their body. In sports where leanness and lightness are encouraged to maximize performance, eating disorders are not uncommon an...more

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