Nancy Gillen from Inside the Games and WiSP Sports Executive Producer Chris Stafford are joined by two new team members; journalist Lindsay Gibbs who pens the Power Plays newsletter three times a week covering women's sport, and soccer coach Julie Helmsley who will contributing to the news each week. Between us all we will have a comprehensive round up of the top stories in women's sport around the world.

Top stories covered this week:

Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Jan 9-22

16 sports, 8 venues. 1,783 athletes

Performer fighting for her life after Lausanne 2020 Opening Ceremony dress rehearsal accident

Unnamed Russian Skater

World Cup Alpine Skiing -  Zagreb Slalom, Jan 4

1.Petra Vlhova; 2. Mikaela Shiffrin; 3. Katharina Liensberger

Jan 11-12 Altenmarkt-Zauchensee  Downhill Alpine Combined & Super-G

January events - Flachau, Sestriere, Bansko, Rosa Khutor

Australian Open Tennis, Jan 20-Feb 2

Maria Sharapova, 32, #147 (WTA rankings), criticizes 'second-tier' Brisbane International after men's matches force women off court. 

Maria has a wild card to the Australian Open which starts on Jan 20, 12 years since she won this Grand Slam. She’s been runner-up three times.

Aus Open Past Winners

WTA Rankings

Laura Harvey Hired as New Head Coach of U-20 USWNT

Long-Time Soccer Executive Amanda Duffy Appointed to Lead Orlando Pride

Olympic figure skating champion Sotnikova a victim of fortune-telling scam

The Government Is Reining In Youth Sports. The Adults Are Worried.

Canadian Girls Activity Level is Dismal

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