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You Go, Girl!

Sports figures are inspiring for millions of people, and some athletes are considered heroes. It takes talent, years of hard work, and the ability to overcome problems. Here are a few female athletes who play hard and motivate others.

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie may be young, but she is already playing golf with the pros. In January 2004, the then 14-year-old became the youngest player to compete in a Professional Golf Association (PGA) tour event.

As one of the few females to play on the tour, Wie proved she could compete against the male golfers. “I think I learned that I can play here, but I have to work harder on my game to be in the winner's circle,” she said. “I never felt out of place.”

Hannah Teter

Hannah Teter began snowboarding in third grade. Today, the teen is considered one of the top female snowboarders in the world.

Since turning professional in 2002, Teter has won many competitions. “I'm on a roll,” she said after winning an event in December 2004. “It's been crazy.” Teter's dream was to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2006, Teter did not just compete, she won a gold medal.

Michelle Kwan

“Graceful,” “artistic,” and “talented” are some words people use to describe figure skater Michelle Kwan. In January 2005, she won the U.S. ladies' figure-skating championship for the ninth time!

Kwan won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002. She planned to compete in the 2006 Olympics, but pulled out at the last minute because of an injury. Kwan always wants to skate her best.