Ten groups of sisters dominating in their sports
Sunday is National Sisters Day in America, so let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the siblings currently lighting up the sporting world.
Venus and Serena Williams
The Williams sisters’ dominance is well-documented. They ushered in a new era of power and speed that changed women’s tennis forever. When they are on the court together, they are nearly unstoppable, with three Olympic gold medals and a 125-14 majors record in doubles.
“For me, I can say for sure that tennis really binds me and Venus together because no one in the world on this planet understands what I go through and it’s because she’s been there and she’s won as many titles as I have,” Serena told Naomi Campbell during an episode of her YouTube series, No Filter with Naomi. “Nobody else has that experience. So for me, it’s like a special bond.”
Bonnie, Karlie and Katie Lou Samuelson
The youngest Samuelson sister, Katie Lou, is currently dropping dimes in the WNBA bubble and plays for Team USA. Her older sister Karlie has played in the league and internationally. She competed for Great Britain in the 2019 EuroBasket championships. Karlie played together with the oldest Samuelson sister, Bonnie, at Stanford.
Sierra and Sydney Romero
These sisters from California were both multiple-time All-Americans and went to multiple Women’s College World Series. Sydney won national championships with Oklahoma in 2016 and 2017. Sierra broke multiple hitting records at Michigan and was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in 2016. The sisters now play for the USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
Nneka, Chiney, Olivia and Erica Ogwumike
Three of the four Ogwumike sisters have been drafted into the WNBA. The eldest two, Nneka and Chiney, were taken No. 1 overall in 2012 and 2014, respectively, and both star for the Los Angeles Sparks. Their younger sisters, Olivia and Erica, both played at Rice. Erica was drafted in the third round earlier this year, but recently decided to pursue a medical degree instead. Olivia is working toward an MBA.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando are perhaps best known for scoring a goal each in a comeback victory over Canada in the gold-medal game at the 2018 Olympics. They have also been leaders in the fight for equality between USA men’s and women’s hockey.
Kristie and Sam Mewis
The Mewis sisters became only the third pair of sisters to be on the pitch for the U.S. at the same time in 2014. They both played in the NWSL bubble in Utah, Kristie with the champion Houston Dash and Sam with the North Carolina Courage. Kristie is back from a knee injury that kept her off the national team roster for the 2019 World Cup, but watching her sister win it was special for her.
“Honestly, there wasn’t anything bitter about it,” Kristie told FIFA.com. “To watch Sam playing at the World Cup, and not just playing but winning the trophy and having the most incredible tournament, was amazing. She showed everyone just what a fantastic, world-class player she is, and I look up to her so much.”
Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn
Sisters Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn are both winners on the LPGA Tour. In fact, Ariya has 10 wins on tour and in 2017 earned a No. 1 ranking. When Moriya broke through and won her first event in 2018, it was a big accomplishment for both sisters.
“I feel like not only she reached her goal, but I feel like our family reached our goal,” Ariya told The Associated Press. “She inspires me a lot to be patient.”
Ashley Force Hood, Brittany and Courtney Force
Every one of the Force sisters made history in the sport of drag racing. Ashley, the eldest, was the first woman to win an NHRA Funny Car event. Courtney, the youngest Force sister, became the first woman to qualify first in the NHRA Winternationals in 2013. She also has 12 wins, including that 2013 Winternationals. Brittany is the only sister still competing and the only of the three to have won an NHRA Top Fuel championship (2017). She is only the second woman in history with an NHRA championship ring.
Kelley and Courtney Hurley
Kelley and Courtney Hurley won bronze medals in team fencing at the 2012 London Olympics and are currently training for 2021. The Tokyo Games would be Kelley’s fourth and Courtney’s third. They were both four-time All-Americans at Notre Dame.
Hanna and Haley Cavinder
This pair of twin ballers made the All-Mountain West team in their first season at Fresno State last year. Hanna and Haley Cavinder are the first pair of freshman teammates ever to own that distinction. They also have over 600,000 followers on TikTok.
“It’s kind of hard to understand what having a twin is like if you don’t have one,” Hanna told 3TV in Gilbert, Arizona. “Like, you’re their best friend. You’re their biggest competitor. You’re their biggest supporter. [But] we always will put supporting over competitiveness, any day.”