After featuring a second month-long series of pictures of female athletes in August 2012 - 41 months after the original month-long "The Beauty of Sport" series in March 2007 - I vowed not to keep you waiting longer for a third. So here we are again, looking at women who are swifter, higher, stronger, and prettier . . . less than two years after the previous series. :-)
This one is actually going to be a short series, with only fifteen subjects, and not because I had trouble coming up with new names. I actually found plenty of athletes to feature here, but my commitments to my other blog, as well as my commitments to hyperlocal news reporting, have demanded that I spend less time here for now. I usually have the posts here ready to go as drafts a few weeks in advance, but lately that advance period has been reduced to a few days. I have the subjects and photos ready, though it took awhile to find the time to select them; what I haven't been able to do so much is fill in the details about my subjects.
Also, another setback: Due to a blown hard drive back in October 2013, surplus photos of women I'd wanted to feature that I'd been saving got lost, and as the women I had on file were obscure athletes from sports and countries that were also obscure, I forgot who they were, mostly. All of the women I'm featuring here this month are different women from the ones I'd lost pictures of. If I remember the names of the women I had pictures of but lost - I think I might remember one or two - I'll certainly include them in my fourth series of athletes in the future. And you can rest assured that I'll save the photos as drafts - not on my hard drive.
All that out of the way, let's begin. The starting gun has been fired, and we're off! :-D