Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year

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Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates after scoring her team’s first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year.

She was selected for dominating “the world’s game, on the world’s stage, under attack by a world leader.”

The magazine says Rapinoe, who is a lesbian, is just the fourth woman in the award’s 66-year history to win the honor unaccompanied.

SI calls that “a remarkable athletic achievement and a reflection of entrenched gender biases.”

Rapinoe led her teammates to sue the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay and to declare in advance that they wouldn’t visit the White House when they won the Cup.

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