2022 World Track and Field Championships: Day-by-day schedule for women’s events at Oregon22


The 2022 World Track & Field Championships are underway in Eugene, Oregon, marking the first time the biannual outdoor competition is being held on U.S. soil.

Competition at the recently renovated Hayward Field runs from July 15 through July 24 and will feature 49 events (24 men’s, 24 women’s, and a mixed gender relay), plus a new team competition. Of the 1,878 athletes on the entry lists for Oregon22, 884 are women (47%).

To get up to speed on the biggest women’s storylines and names to follow, see below for On Her Turf’s day-by-day guide to the 2022 World Track & Field Championships, which also includes details on how to watch (both on TV and streaming).

*The schedule is listed in eastern time (ET), with events airing live and simultaneously across all time zones unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

After Olympic breakthrough, Athing Mu leads women’s 800m field

The final day of competition features a jam-packed schedule, including finals in the women’s long jump, 800m, 100m hurdles, and 4x400m relay.

In the women’s 800m, the U.S. could win its first ever world title in the event, with the American contingent led by reigning Olympic champion Athing Mu (Trenton, New Jersey). Mu, 20, owns three of the top five times so far this year.

Fellow U.S. teammates Raevyn Rogers (Houston, Texas) and Ajee Wilson (Neptune, New Jersey), who claimed silver and bronze respectively at 2019 Worlds, should also be in the mix. Rogers also won Olympic bronze last summer, while Wilson claimed the indoor world title earlier this year.

UPDATE: Athing Mu becomes first American woman to win 800m, keeps win streak alive (video)

Other events to follow: The U.S. should be a top threat in the women’s 4x400m relay, having claimed the last seven Olympic titles and six of the last seven world championship titles in the event. Allyson Felix will compete in the preliminary round (Saturday evening) after U.S. team officials coaxed her out of her brief retirement following last week’s bronze medal in the mixed 4x400m relay.

RELATED: Allyson Felix to return to world championships for women’s 4x400m relay

The women’s 100m hurdles final is expected to feature a showdown between reigning Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, who represents Puerto Rico, and world record holder Keni Harrison.

UPDATE: Two hours after breaking world record, Tobi Amusan wins 100m hurdles world title

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (12:30-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

The NBC Sports research team contributed to this report. 

Follow Alex Azzi on Twitter @AlexAzziNBC

Friday, July 15, 2022

Allyson Felix‘s final world championship race? 

Competition gets underway on Friday at Hayward Field, where all eyes will be on the 4x400m mixed gender relay, which could potentially be Allyson Felix‘s final world championship race. Felix finished sixth in the 400m at U.S. Championships in June, earning her a spot in Team USA’s relay pool.

With 18 world medals and 13 titles, Felix is already the most decorated athlete in track & field world championship history. But the 36-year-old has the chance to extend both of those records in Eugene before officially retiring next month.

UPDATE: Allyson Felix extends medal record, concludes career with mixed 4x400m bronze

Other finals: women’s 20km race walk

How to watch Friday’s events at Oregon22:

  • Peacock (12-8 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, USA Network (8-11 p.m. ET)

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Chase Ealey leads U.S. hopes in women’s shot put

The women’s shot put world champion will be crowned on Saturday night at Oregon22. While Tokyo silver medalist Raven Saunders missed out on qualifying, the U.S. has two contenders in Chase Ealey (Los Alamos, New Mexico) and Maggie Ewen (St. Francis, Minnesota). Ealey, who placed seventh at 2019 Worlds, owns the best mark of the year so far (20.51 meters).

China’s Gong Lijiao, the two-time defending world champion and reigning Olympic gold medalist, has competed sparingly this year but is still expected to be a top threat. Countrywoman Song Jiayuan, fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, should also be in the mix.

UPDATE: Chase Ealey makes history as first American woman to win shot put world title

Other noteworthy women’s events on Saturday at Oregon22:

  • The morning session will include the women’s 10,000m final, where the U.S. will be represented by Karissa Schweizer, Alicia Monson, and Natosha Rogers. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands will be the favorite. Hassan, who won gold in the 5000m and 10,000m and bronze in the 1500m at the Tokyo Olympics, will compete in both the 5000m and 10,000m in Eugene.

UPDATE: Gidey wins women’s 10,000m in thrilling, final sprint at 2022 World Championships

How to watch Saturday’s events: 

  • Peacock, CNBC (1:30-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (3-5 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Could the women’s 100m feature another Jamaican sweep?

It’s hard to overhype Jamaica’s strength in the the women’s 100m, which will have its semifinal and final rounds during the evening session on Sunday. The Caribbean island nation will be represented at Oregon22 by the trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson. The three women swept the Olympic podium last summer in Tokyo and appear poised to repeat the feat in Eugene.

Fraser-Pryce, a four-time 100m world champion, owns the fastest three times of the year so far. Thompson-Herah is the two-time reigning Olympic champion in the 100m (and the 200m), while Jackson beat both athletes at Jamaica’s trials last month. Fraser-Pryce and Thompson-Herah have also shown they are in striking distance of Florence Griffith-Joyner‘s long-standing 10.49 world record, set in 1988.

The biggest surprise of U.S. Championships was Sha’Carri Richardson missing the U.S. team in both the 100m and 200m. The U.S. still has a very fast contingent in 2022 U.S. champion Melissa Jefferson (Georgetown, South Carolina), Aleia Hobbs (New Orleans, Louisiana), and Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry (Miami, Florida).

UPDATE: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins fifth 100m world title, leads Jamaican podium sweep (video)

Other women’s events to watch on Sunday at Oregon22:

  • The morning session featured the women’s hammer final. (RECAP & VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Andersen, Kassanavoid lead U.S. to hammer gold, bronze at World Champs)
  • The evening session will feature the women’s pole vault final. American Sandi Morris, who has finished as runner-up at the last two world championships, will be aiming to win her first outdoor world title after posting four of the five best marks so far this season. Her biggest competition is likely to be her training partner, reigning Olympic gold medalist Katie Nageotte.
  • The women’s heptathlon gets underway with the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m events.

How to watch: 

  • Peacock, CNBC (9-11:30 a.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (2-4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-10 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (10-11 p.m. ET, 10-11 p.m. PT*)

Monday, July 18, 2022

Can Faith Kipyegon further her legacy as the greatest women’s 1500m runner?

The women’s 1500m will feature a very speedy international field, with Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon expected to lead the way. Kipyegon is the two-time reigning Olympic champion and 2017 world champion in this event, but she’ll be looking to reclaim her world title after finishing as runner-up in 2019 (behind Sifan Hassan).

The U.S. will be represented in the final by 2022 U.S. champion Sinclaire Johnson (Longwood, Florida) and Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Mississippi). Elle St. Pierre (Montgomery, Vermont) didn’t make it out of the semifinal round.

Other Oregon22 events to keep tabs on on Monday:

  • The morning session features the women’s marathon, where the U.S. will be represented by Sara Hall, Emma Bates, and Keira D’Amato. Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel was initially slated to compete in Eugene, but she withdrew due to injury and an ongoing therapeutic use exemption.
  • The evening session will also feature the women’s triple jump final, in which world record holder Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela is a heavy favorite. Two Americans — Keturah Orji and Tori Franklin — qualified for the final and both have a shot at a spot on the podium.
  • The women’s heptathlon will come to a close following the long jump, javelin, and 800m events.

UPDATE: Yulimar Rojas three-peats in triple jump, Tori Franklin ends U.S. drought (video)

How to watch:   

  • Peacock, USA Network (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (12:30-4 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock (8-11 p.m. ET)
  • USA Network (11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET, same-day delay)

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

With Russia banned, Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh is high jump favorite

Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh is the women’s high jump favorite after posting the three best marks of 2022 so far. Mahuchikh, 20, also won the indoor world title in March after fleeing her hometown of Dnipropetrovsk following Russia’s invasion.

Fellow Ukrainian Iryna Gerashchenko, fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, should also be in the mix. American Vashti Cunningham, the 2019 world bronze medalist, failed to qualify for the final — the first big surprise of these 2022 World Championships.

Also of note: Three-time reigning world champion Mariya Lasitskene will be absent as a result of World Athletics’ ban on Russian and Belarusian athletes following the invasion of Ukraine. Lasitskene previously competed as an “Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA),” as a result of World Athletics’ other ongoing ban on Russia due the country’s state-sponsored doping program.

UPDATE: On night of upsets, Australia’s Eleanor Patterson victorious in women’s high jump final

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (8-11 p.m. ET)
  • USA Network (11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET, same-day delay)

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Valarie Allman, best female discus thrower in a generation, aims for first world championship title

Reigning Olympic discus gold medalist Valarie Allman enters Oregon 22 as the favorite, having recorded six of the top ten throws this year. In April, she broke her American record with a 71.46-meter throw, the world’s best mark in 30 years. (As of this writing, the top 69 throws in history were all recorded prior to 1993, including many dubious marks by athletes from countries with organized doping programs.)

Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, a two-time Olympic champion, could become the first woman to win five world medals in discus.

UPDATE: After Olympic gold, Valarie Allman follows up with historic discus world bronze

Other events to follow on Wednesday:

  • The women’s steeplechase final will be held in the evening. The U.S. has won at least one medal in the event at each of the last four global championships (Olympics/world championships) thanks to the results of Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs. They’ll be joined in Eugene by Courtney Wayment, who had a stellar season for BYU that saw her win the NCAA title and break the collegiate record.

How to watch: Peacock, USA Network (7:30-11 p.m. ET)

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Abby Steiner is best U.S. hope in stacked 200m field

The women’s 200m is expected to feature a stacked field. The U.S. contingent is likely to be led by Kentucky’s Abby Steiner, who had a breakthrough performance at NCAA championships, setting a new NCAA 200m record and finishing on the podium in four events (1st in 200m and 4x400m relay, 2nd in 4x100m relay, 3rd in 100m).

Still, Steiner will face tough competition from veteran international stars, including reigning world champion Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain and the Jamaican trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and Elaine Thompson-Herah. American Tamara Clark also qualified for the women’s 200m final.

UPDATE: Shericka Jackson runs second fastest 200m in history, breaks world championship record

How to watch: Peacock, USA Network (8-11 p.m. ET)

Friday, July 22, 2022

Will Sydney McLaughlin break her world record again?

Sydney McLaughlin has revolutionized the 400m hurdles in the last year. At the 2019 World Championships, she crossed the line in what would have been a world record time, if not for U.S. teammate Dalilah Muhammad who claimed the record (52.16) – and world title – by 0.07 seconds.

McLaughlin has since taken control of that world record, breaking it at U.S. Olympic Trials in 2021 (51.90), then at the Tokyo Olympics (51.46), and then again at U.S. Championships in June (51.41).

Dutch athlete Femke Bol is also expected to to be a top threat. Earlier at Oregon22, the 22-year-old powered the Netherlands to a silver medal in the mixed gender 4x400m relay.

In addition to McLaughlin and Muhammad, the women’s 400m hurdles final will also feature Americans Shamier Little and Britton Wilson.

UPDATE: Sydney McLaughlin breaks 400m hurdles world record to win 2022 world title

Also on the schedule at Oregon22:

  • The morning session will feature the women’s 35km race walk.
  • The evening session will include finals of the women’s 400m and javelin. Two-time reigning Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo is the favorite in the 400m. She finished as runner-up in 2019 to Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser, who is currently serving a suspension for missed doping tests. None of the three Americans —  Talitha Diggs, Kendall Ellis, and Lynna Irby — qualified for the final.

UPDATE: Kara Winger’s final javelin throw results in first ever medal for U.S. women

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, USA Network (8:30-11 p.m. ET)

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Jamaica looks to repeat in women’s 4x100m relay

Jamaica is the heavy favorite in the 4x100m relay, thanks to the likes of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson, Elaine Thompson-Herah, plus Kemba Nelson. The world record — set by the U.S. at the 2012 London Olympics — could be on notice.

Other events to keep tabs on: the women’s 5000m final, where the U.S. contingent includes Elise Cranny, Karissa Schweizer, and Emily Infeld. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey, who won the 10,000m earlier this week in Eugene, posted the top time in qualifying.

UPDATE: Tsegay wins women’s 5000m world title after dramatic last lap (video)

How to watch: 

  • Peacock (12:50-4 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (2-3 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, CNBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
  • Peacock, NBC (9-11 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. PT*)

Diana Flores looks to break down gender barriers with turn as AFC offensive coordinator in 2023 Pro Bowl

Courtesy Diana Flores

Diana Flores admits she was surprised when she became a viral sensation last spring, courtesy of a 15-second slow-motion clip showcasing her evasive maneuvers and fancy footwork while leaving at least three defenders in the dirt during Mexico’s 2022 national collegiate flag football championship.

“I never expected someone to record that moment,” said Mexico City native Flores, who led her team – the Monterrey Tech Borregos – to their third consecutive national title as a senior last May. “I was just having fun. I was just playing the game I love and then days later to see that it was viral on the internet — it was crazy. But at the same time, it was exciting because I remember when I was younger, I didn’t have a lot of flag football role models to follow. So now, for me to be a role model for many boys and girls that play my sport is something that really makes me happy and proud and also motivates me to keep getting better.”

Flores, who led the Mexico Women’s National Flag Football Team to a gold medal at the 2022 World Games, will have the chance to promote her sport on one of the world’s biggest stages this weekend when she serves as the AFC offensive coordinator for the NFL’s 2023 Pro Bowl Games, featuring the first-ever AFC vs. NFC Flag football games on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Organized in partnership with RCX Sports, the NFL’s flag football operating partner, and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), Sunday’s Pro Bowl event will feature three 7-on-7 AFC vs. NFC flag games. Each game will be 20 minutes in length (two halves) and played on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones. Flores will be joined by Peyton Manning as the AFC head coach and Ray Lewis as defensive coordinator. On the NFC side, U.S. Women’s National Flag Football team quarterback Vanita Krouch will serve as offensive coordinator, with Eli Manning as NFC head coach and DeMarcus Ware as defensive coordinator.

“I think that this has been one of the best things in my life,” she recently told On Her Turf about her Pro Bowl appointment. “It is like a dream. I mean, I grew up watching football, watching the NFL, playing flag football. And now to be able to be part of all of this — it is bigger than my biggest dreams.”

Flores’ football dreams began as when she was just 8 years old. Her father — who played quarterback for the perennial football powerhouse Monterrey Tech program — took her to a practice and she fell in love with the sport. But as the time there were no teams for girls her age, so she played with girls twice her age and used it to her advantage, focusing on her own abilities and sharpening her skills. By age 14 she was playing NFL Flag in Mexico, where she was the only girl in the league, and at 15 she started playing NFL Flag in the U.S, where she finally played on an all-girls team.

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“I remember when I started playing, I used to receive a lot of like comments, directly and indirectly from other people, like, ‘Why do you play that sport? That’s not a girls’ sport, that sport is for boys, you’re get injured, you’re going to get hurt, don’t play with boys, that’s too rude.’ And the list keeps going. But my mom and dad were so supportive. They always encouraged me not to listen to anybody, to just follow my passion.

“And I think thanks to them, I’ve always had this mentality that gender doesn’t matter. It just matters how passionate you are about your dreams, how hard you work for what you want to achieve. And that you will always demonstrate what you’re made for, depending on the hard work you do. So, I’ve lived through that [negativity], I have experienced that. And I think that it has been one of my biggest blessings to be able to experience — for myself — what sport can do and how gender barriers get broken when you follow your dreams and you connect with other people through your passion.”

At just 16 years old, Flores made Mexico’s national team, playing in the first of four Flag Football World Championships – so far. Last summer at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, the 24-year-old Flores led Mexico to a 6-0 record, which included two wins over the U.S. women, who took silver. In the gold medal game against the United States, she completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 210 yards and four touchdowns in Mexico’s 39-6 victory. She finished the tournament with 23 touchdown passes, the third-most among women’s teams, and she was the only starting quarterback to beat USA’s star QB, Krouch, who is 19-1 in international tournament play.

All that international experience so early in her career has given Flores a wise-beyond-her-years approach to playing flag football, a sport where she was frequently the only female player on the field and often the only Latin American as well.

“When I first came to the U.S., it was a little shocking to notice that I was probably the only Latin American girl playing,” she recalls. “But I think that it was easy for me because I got all the support from my coaches and my teammates. And since a young age, I think that I started to realize that sometimes what you do is for something bigger than yourself. That’s why you have to always give your best, in any situation. Even at that young age, I understood that I was representing more than myself on the field, I was representing Latin American people, Latin American girls in a sport that [many people thought] was meant to be for boys.”

RELATED: NFL still pushing for Olympic flag football with a chance ahead

One door Flores hopes to help open is the one leading to the Olympics. Flag football is on the short list being considered for inclusion in Los Angeles in 2028 Los Angeles. As an ambassador for flag football for the NFL and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), she’s participated in talks with the International Olympic Committee, and just last month she was joined by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in Mexico City where they joined forced to promote women’s empowerment and inclusion.

“I think for me, that experience is one of my top three,” she said of spending time with Biden. “I call them gifts from life, something that you didn’t expect it to happen, and somehow, one day, you’re right there in front of the First Lady. I admire her for what she does for boys and girls, for empowering woman and giving opportunities for everybody to achieve their dreams. So it was truly an honor to meet her, and also to be able to keep impacting my sport, not only on the field, but [off] the field, and have the opportunity keep inspiring others and keep impacting the world.”

As for what she hopes fans at the Pro Bowl and viewers at home take away from Sunday’s flag football showcase, Flores hopes they’ll see the characteristics that made her fall in love with flag in the first place: creativity, speed, agility, teamwork, passion and a lot of heart.

“I hope to show to all little girls and women that dreams come true, that nothing is impossible, to keep inspiring and opening opportunities and doors for women in sports, especially in the world of the NFL and football and flag football,” she says. “We’re going to make history, and I am so proud and happy for that. I’m really hoping that it is just the first step, not only for me, but for all the women that are coming after me.”

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Flag football star Vanita Krouch ‘living the dream’ ahead of NFL Pro Bowl debut as NFC coordinator


When Vanita Krouch got the news that she was named NFC offensive coordinator for the 2023 Pro Bowl Games, featuring the first-ever AFC vs. NFC Flag football games on Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Flag Football team quarterback admits her jaw nearly hit the ground.

And then she realized something even more profound.

“For the longest time, thinking about the moment, everything, you’re like, ‘Oh, my gosh, this is a dream come true. Is this really happening?’” said the 42-year-old Krouch, known as the “Tom Brady of flag football” with a 19-1 record as USA’s starting quarterback in international tournaments since 2018.

“But then I started thinking to myself: You know what? None of us grew up thinking of this as a dream to obtain. So really, it’s kind of reversed where I’m living a dream. I get to be a pioneer in this growth of flag football for all and inclusion for all, youth and adults, [women and men]. It’s such an inclusive sport, and I get to be a part of this growth and still actively play. It’s exciting. I’m literally living the dream. I’m very much like, ‘Guys, don’t pinch me. Let me keep sleeping.’”

Organized in partnership with RCX Sports, the NFL’s flag football operating partner, and the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), Sunday’s Pro Bowl event will feature three 7-on-7 AFC vs. NFC flag games. Each game will be 20 minutes in length (two halves) and played on a 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones. Krouch will be joined by Eli Manning as NFC head coach and DeMarcus Ware as NFC defensive coordinator. On the AFC side, Mexico Women’s National Flag Football quarterback Diana Flores will serve as offensive coordinator, with Peyton Manning as head coach and Ray Lewis as defensive coordinator.

But Krouch’s journey to the Pro Bowl stage began under the unlikeliest of circumstances and was inspired by her own family odyssey, which began in Cambodia during the horrific regime of the Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s. Krouch’s mother, Phonnary Krouch, fled the country with three young sons in tow, running by night and hiding by day to escape, finding safety initially at a refugee camp in the Philippines. That’s where she welcomed Vanita, in September 1980, and two months later the family made its way to the United States. Krouch’s father exited the picture upon their arrival in America, leaving Phonnary to raise four children alone.

“In a nutshell, my mom is an amazing woman,” said Krouch, who first found sports via an elementary school flyer advertising youth soccer in Carrollton, Texas. “On the journey, she had a lot of trials, tribulations, … and after our dad left us, it was just mom and four kids in this little one-bedroom apartment. So, it was a challenge. I’m just so amazed by her strength and will to never give up.”

She also credits her mom for standing up to then-stereotypical notions that Asian girls should not play sports.

“I’m just thankful, honestly, that my mom allowed me to break the Asian culture barriers of a woman playing sports because that’s not easy,” she said. “She faced a lot of backlash from the community. But she said, ‘Hey, my child’s making good grades. She’s healthy, she’s good. She’s staying off the streets. I don’t see a problem.’ And she just let me do it. I was just lucky to have a mom that let me spread my wings.”

Krouch also had a few mentors along the way. Her elementary school PE teacher, Toni Neibes, stepped in to pay for those initial soccer fees and continued her support as Krouch transitioned to basketball in the fourth grade. She fell in love with the sport and excelled at it as well, eventually earning a full scholarship to play college basketball at Southern Methodist University. She wears the No. 4 to this day in honor of Niebes, who wore the same number as a young athlete. She also credits her fourth-grade teacher, Judy Ward, as having a lasting impact after the teacher made a habit out of showing up for her youth basketball games.

She pays tribute to them both through her clothing line, 4Ward Apparel, which features ever-changing collections emblazoned with relevant slogans encouraging female empowerment, inclusion and her personal mantra of “paying it forward” – something she does with the line itself. Each month, Krouch donates a portion of the sales to individuals, families or organizations in need.

After graduating SMU in 2003, Krouch continued to play basketball in semi-pro and adult leagues, but she was still searching for something to satisfy her competitive drive. She and a former college teammate stumbled on flag football during a Google search for local Dallas-area activities, and the rest – as they say – is history.

“It was like I drank the Kool Aid and I never looked back,” she says of her start in flag in 2006. “It’s just like every game, every play is a new challenge, and it’s addictive for a competitor, so I just fell in love with flag. I actually think I’m way better at flag than I was at basketball.”

She moved into the quarterback position through some sly maneuvering by current USA Women’s Flag Football head coach Chris Lankford. They were playing together in a local tournament when he “tricked” her into the QB position, despite Krouch knowing “zero football language.”

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“One day I showed up for a tournament and I asked, ‘All right, guys, who’s our quarterback?’ And he says, ‘We’re looking at her,’” she remembers. They kept the plays simple, and her team made it to the playoffs that season. Krouch has been a QB ever since.

Krouch joined the national team in 2016 and was inducted into the National Flag and Touch Football Hall Fame that same year. Last year at the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, a 41-year-old Krouch set a new mark as the oldest Flag football player, man or woman, in the games, and she ranked second among women with 25 touchdown passes at the tournament where USA won silver.

She aims to bring that expertise to the field at the Pro Bowl games, where she’s looking forward to seeing NFL players take on the flag football style type of plays. “Flag is a very finesse, quick game, a lot of footwork, and these guys can’t grab or hold, no downfield contact or downfield block or anything off the line,” she explains. “So it’s going to be exciting just to see skill for skill, footwork for footwork, defense to offense, and to see flag football language with those type of elite athletes.”

As for the biggest challenge, Krouch believes it will be crafting a concise playbook and language that puts everyone on the same page. “A challenge for me is getting a coach’s mindset,” she adds, “I have to actually come up with plays ahead of time and I don’t usually have premeditated plays in my head. I just read it so for me to tell Kirk Cousins or Geno Smith [what to do], it will be different, you know?”

But beyond the Pro Bowl, Krouch is excited that flag is being considered for inclusion as an exhibition sport in the 2028 Summer Olympics. While she’s keeping a hopeful eye on that development, she’s also working to shape the next generation of potential athletes as a physical education teacher at La Villita Elementary in Irving, Texas.

RELATED: NFL still pushing for Olympic flag football with a chance ahead

“It’s an honor to be a role model – for other youth flag football players, for my students, both boys and girls,” says Krouch. “Then at my campus and in my community, it’s amazing to be able to break the barrier of like, ‘Asian women can’t do this.’ And then to be at my age, still doing this, I feel very lucky and blessed. …I think I still got some years in me.”

As for what she hopes viewers and fans walk away with after watching the Pro Bowl flag games this weekend, Krouch feels confident folks will walk away enlightened by the show.

“I just hope that they have fun with it,” says Krouch. “And for those who don’t know flag to be like, ‘Wow, that’s really amazing. Maybe that’s something I really can get my son or daughter into at a young age.’ So I just hope that they see that the sport is real – it’s not just something we play at recess. It’s a real thing now. I think they’ll see that the world loves it, the world can play it and is playing it.”

Be sure to check back with On Her Turf later this week when we catch up with AFC coordinator and Mexico Women’s National Flag Football Team quarterback Diana Flores.  

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