US women threatening boycott puts worlds defence in doubt
Sure enough, immediate solidarity arrived from United States soccer star Alex Morgan, who tweeted, "From one #USWNT to another, we are behind you".
Many players on the USWNT play in the National Women's Hockey League, which also cut salaries of its players in November 2016. It's a huge deal. That stand: not showing for the IIHF's World Championships, starting in MI on March 31.
"In its public statement, USA Hockey has coupled their contributions with payments made by the U.S. Olympic Committee, which pays gold medal-winning athletes more than $60,000".
A big portion of the day's chatter focused on the meager payments-the women receive $1,000 a month for a six-month training period every four years.
Many post-grad players - 18 of the 23 on the roster are no longer in college - hold down regular jobs while training to stay at elite levels. If we're not successful, then we'll consider our options. "To be able to train full-time and not have to worry about paying bills would certainly be nice".
Players say USA Hockey provides players $1,000 a month for six months during the Olympic period and nearly nothing the remainder of the time despite expectations of full-time training and competition, adding that players have two or three jobs and rely on family for financial support.
Duggan called the statement "completely misleading and dishonest", and the law firm representing the players said no $85,000 offer was made. They threatened to do the same to other players who spoke up about the inequity in USA Hockey's funding, and sadly, it worked. "But we are not going to be underestimated", said the 29-year-old Duggan.
The women say that U.S. hockey spends $3.5 million a year to support boys participating in the national program.
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Dave Ogrean, the executive director of USA Hockey, said there was a "Plan B" for the tournament when asked by USA Today if there would still be a us team in the world championships. The act requires national governing sports bodies to provide equal support and encouragement wherever there is a division between men and women in sports. She explained to ELLE.com that their fight is about not just money, but also ensuring that USA Hockey supports young girls interested in hockey the same way they support young boys.
There is also a PR and marketing element the women say is missing from their game, and it's a habitual issue.
"We said this yesterday that this isn't just the women's national team, this is the entire player pool", said Monique Lamoureux, a forward on the national team.
"Those girls have a full plate, year-round, with what they do", added Shattenkirk, a member of the 2014 men's Olympic team that competed in Sochi, Russia. "Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden", player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said.
It was last in the United States in 2012, when Burlington, Vt., served as the host. That might be something small, but it's significant when these things are consistent. They want more medical coverage. "There's much done and the premise from the current group is that we're not doing enough". In 2000, the team hired lawyers; it found itself locked out of training facilities. The U.S. women have won a medal at each of the five Olympics at which women's ice hockey has been contested (one gold, three silvers and a bronze). "So we said 'Let's look into it and fight for women in the program".
The hashtag #BeBoldForChange has been used by fans to support the players. "This takes a lot of courage". Spurring them on is the overwhelming support they received in the hours after announcing their boycott.
"To be honest, something like this has been in the works since the early 2000s", said Duggan. The Americans not only want to defend their title, but also use the tournament to gauge where they stand and how they can improve before the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea next February. Plenty of it came from fellow women athletes like U.S. Soccer stars Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd and former U.S. Soccer great Mia Hamm.
For the USA women, it's been a long day, a longer year, and a reminder of just how far is left to go.
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