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Thanksgiving with Female Athletes, Courtesy of Twitter!

Thanksgiving with Female Athletes, Courtesy of Twitter!

Thanksgiving is here and I'm spending it with football watchers. We have our favorites/rivalries for watching the guys play, but what about televised women's events? I resorted to Twitter, started with the lesbians; next other women athletes, and came up with Tanith Belbin, Tara Dakides, Lauren Perkins, Kristi Leskinen, and more.

Thanksgiving is here and I’m spending it with a group of healthy eaters and hearty football watchers. We all have our favorites and rivalries for watching the guys play, but I was wondering if there were going to be any womens’ events televised.

Of course there aren’t…

Personally I don’t have any problem breaking the tradition of turkey and men’s football with lasagna and women’s hoops, but the main networks don’t agree.

So what’s a girl to do?

The short answer is to rent Personal Best, but I don’t think I can watch that sitting next to my mother-in-law. The long answer is to look up your favorite athlete on Twitter and find out what she’s up to for Thanksgiving. The following is a list of athletes I found on the site. Don’t get your hopes up about everyone. Some are super lame and don’t have anything fun to say. Others seem to have their iphone or blackberry hooked directly up to their last thought. You’ll probably bitch at me about not getting everyone’s name listed, but I went pretty far down the rabbit hole while looking up names.

Sure, I started with the lesbians; next came other women athletes, but then I just started typing in names. I even found a website that listed verified celebrity twitters and those that have a reputation for good tweets. I honestly didn’t know that the Porn Star category was going to fall right ahead of the Sports category on that site. Enough of me though. Here’s some of the more chatty athletes that are willing to tell you what they’re up to--some in a very personal way:

Tennis: Serena and Venus Williams, Billie Jean King

Here's out lesbian Billie Jean King's most recent tweet, "Caught the home opener of the Liberty @ The Garden. Saw Olympia Dukakis & her husband. Please support your favorite WNBA team this season."

Figure skating: Tanith Belbin

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Golf:Annika Sorenstam, Erica Blasberg, Michelle Wie, Irene Cho, Natalie Gulbis

Here's a recent Tweet from hottie Annika! 'Picking some oranges to squeeze this morning. It's a great vitamin C boost. Important this time of year...'

Basketball: Candace Parker, Renee Montgomery, Essence Carson, Marissa Coleman

Swimming: Dara Torres, Natalie Coughlin, Amanda Beard

How about a holiday Tweet from Natalie? "Fortunately, I've never had to travel the day before Thanksgiving. Not the nightmare that I was expecting. Hope it stays that way. :)"

Skiing/Snowboarding: Kristi Leskinen, Tara Dakides

Track and Field: Lashinda Demus, Allyson Felix

Softball: Jenny Finch

Gymnastics: Dominique Moceanu

Skateboarding: Lauren Perkins

I know there are more. Let me know when you find them!

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