The women-free world of sports is slowly becoming more prevalent, but not everyone has a plan to live there.
A new show by ESPN host Kate Mickelson and “America’s Next Top Model” alumna Stephanie Smith tackles the issue of what it means to live a “woman-free” life in the sports world.
Mickel and Smith, who are co-hosts of the new “America Tonight” show, sat down with “The Herd” co-star Lauren Collins for an exclusive interview.
In the latest installment of “The Biggest Loser,” the hosts take on a variety of issues related to women in sports and talk about how to deal with it.
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“You don’t have to go far to find women who are not happy with the way things are going,” Mickelton said.
“There are plenty of women who feel as though they’re not getting a fair shake and that they’re being treated unfairly.
Mickelons show focuses on the experiences of female athletes, with Mickelley telling of her journey as a woman-only student at the University of Kentucky. “
I think you have to make your own way.”
Mickelons show focuses on the experiences of female athletes, with Mickelley telling of her journey as a woman-only student at the University of Kentucky.
Mickells show is the first time she’s hosted on the network.
She said she and her co-stars wanted to do something different.
“We wanted to tell a different story, and a more unique story, than what we’re seeing on television,” she said.
Mickels show centers on the struggles of female college athletes who are forced to live as men to make ends meet.
“That’s the main reason why we decided to create ‘The Herder,’ ” Mickelon said.
She shared her thoughts on her experience on the show and how it has affected her life.
“As a young woman, I was the most popular person in the dorm, I had a lot of friends, and I had everything I wanted,” she recalled.
“But after I started to study sports and become a better athlete, I got a lot more pushback.”
Mickellons family moved to Los Angeles from California in the early 1990s and the show follows her as she tries to find a career.
She is not shy about sharing her personal story of how the transition has been a struggle for her.
“At the end of the day, I’m a mother, a grandmother, a wife, and an actress.
I’m not perfect.
I don’t want you to be,” she told Mickelsey.
“The journey that I’m on right now is not perfect, but I’m making it work.”
“The Sheder” will air on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, ESPN Mobile, ESPN App and on demand in the U.S. and Canada on Oct. 19.
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