In a rather surprising twist of events, Riley Gaines, a former swimmer hailing from Kentucky and a rising conservative commentator, has been honored with the prestigious title of “Woman of the Year.” What caught many off guard was the unanimous decision in her favor by all nine judges.
Although Riley’s noteworthy contributions to championing women’s rights are admirable, this outcome defied expectations, especially with soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe seen as a strong contender for the title. Joe Barron, Chair of the Nominating Committee, clarified that Rapinoe was not seriously considered for the award. Barron stated,
“Her name did make it to the list of finalists, along with Lia Thomas and Simone Biles. One faced criticism for stepping away from competition, and the other… well, you know. Riley ultimately emerged as the most fitting choice.” The Citizens United National Trust Society will present Gaines with the award during its annual awards show, now available for streaming on Fox Nation.
In an interview with ALLOD Correspondent Tara Newhole, Rapinoe expressed feeling “quite shaken” by the loss. She commented, “They argued that Riley deserved it because she felt cheated. I suppose that’s one perspective,” she added, “if you distinguish between finishing fifth and tying for fifth.”
Ever since an incident where Riley Gaines saw her unique fifth-place moment overshadowed by someone she views as superior, she has passionately advocated for women’s rights, considering the situation unfair, both then and now. With this award, she now has the opportunity to further solidify her position in her new career, which caters to a specific following.
In conclusion, Riley Gaines’ unexpected victory as “Woman of the Year” has raised eyebrows, but it underscores her unwavering commitment to her chosen causes, regardless of any distinctive qualities that may set her apart.