2021

People to Follow in 2021: Mirna Valerio

Why this matters

Mirna Valerio emphasizes the importance of incorporating intersectionality across sports to create space and challenge standards of athleticism and beauty which are rooted in racism.

“As a Black female, a Black woman, our bodies are erased everywhere.”

Mirna Valerio, a.k.a the Mirnavator, is an ultrarunner, author, and advocate for intersectionality and inclusion in the running community. As a Black woman whose body type does not fit the stereotypical image of elite runners, she has faced judgement within the running community. She emphasizes the importance of incorporating intersectionality across sports to create space and challenge standards of athleticism and beauty which are rooted in racism.

Follow Mirna Valerio on Instagram and on Twitter (@TheMirnavator).

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GSM Live: Predictions & Provocations for 2021 (Video)

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Predictions & Provocations for Sport: 2021

Although no one could have predicted all that 2020 has been, what lessons will the world of sport take into next year?

We asked some of the best and brightest minds to contribute their thoughts.