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Weekly Roundup: a Transgender Ballerina, the Heaviest Woman to Complete a Marathon Record & Megan Rapinoe's Dance Moves

Great Big Story profiles Jayna Ledford, transgender ballerina

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Great Big Story profiled Jayna Ledford, an aspiring ballerina and transgender woman. Jayna discusses growing up knowing she was trans, her young dance career, losing her scholarship when she decided to come out at 17—and her journey back towards dancing with a new studio.

Check out Great Big Story’s video about Jayna here.

Jennifer Smith becomes heaviest woman to complete a marathon

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Uh, GO JENNIFER. I only have one issue with this and it’s that the article says she covered 26 miles. Hey news people, that .2 is a LOT when it’s right at the finish! Jennifer weighs 346 pounds and completed the distance in 11 hours and 50 minutes. Freakin’ amazing. Read more about this badass record-breaker here.

Megan Rapinoe—that’s it. That’s the headline

Megan Rapinoe, World Cup Champion recently took to the streets in a victory parade through New York City. Then she made a speech about equal pay, doing better as citizens and oh yes, stole the show with her entrance. LEGEND.

How to tell if you’re in a bad group fitness class

Stack has highlighted 7 of the telltale signs you’re in a poorly managed group fitness class—if your local step class is doing any/all of these, it’s time to start shopping around for a new one or advocating for change! Classes could also offer chairs in the back for those who need to workout sitting down, and could even include systems to loop in those with hearing aids. Read the list here.