Finding a Way

12) Sparta Muslim Runner Final

When women were barred from the ancient Olympic games, they created their own games. And while Muslim women still face athletic barriers, they too are finding a way.

Tough

5) FF SummittFinal

Left: A crossed-arms pose, and a face with only a nose, is typical of Cycladic marble figurines, found in a group of Greek islands (Cyclades). Right: A famously stern and successful coach well known to basketball fans. I gave Pat a Cycladic face, and gave the figurine orange pants, to unify the two.

Fat and Fit

4) FF VenusWillendorf Final

On the left is Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age “fertility goddess,” though we can only speculate about what these figurines originally meant, and to whom. I’m intrigued by the way goddess forms and poses are echoed in modern-day athletes. At right: Modeled on 2012 US Olympic weightlifter Holly Mangold, who competed in the superheavyweight division.

Celebration

3) FFVenusWilliamsFINAL

On left: Might be my very favorite goddess figure. Such joy and whimsy! From ancient Greece. Commonly found in tombs and shrines, including those for children.Often the heads are bird-like, and the arms are wings. The face is my own addition. Right: Modeled from Venus Williams.

Hands Up

1) FFVolleyballFInal

At left: Terracotta figurine found in ancient Greece (Mycenae). Presumed to be a goddess. With typical raised-arm position; wearing a full dress and beads on her head, neck, and dress. The face is hers; I gave it to the generic modern volleyball player, who needed one.