Women's Wrestling: Grappling for Progress

For female wrestlers, having struggled against sexism and ignorance, the Games may be the easiest match

He badgered the coach, the guidance counselor and the principal. "Why don't you let her do something else?" asked Jose Miranda, whose daughter Patricia wrestled on the high school boys' team in Saratoga, Calif. "How about gymnastics? Or volleyball?" He begged her to give it up, even threatened to sue the school to get her off the mat. She wouldn't relent. Jose, a Brazilian-born family doctor, wanted his daughter to concentrate on school; he also feared for her safety. And for him, there was the obvious question. "Why would a woman want to wrestle?" he asked her. "That's not a thing...

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