One of the enduring legacies of the Atlanta Olympics will be
the heightened attention afforded women's sports, particularly
those team sports not thought of as traditional Olympic favorites
-- basketball, softball and soccer.
     WATERSHED:  USOC Exec Dir Dick Schultz:  "It's a real
watershed for women's athletics" (USA TODAY, 8/5).  "It would be
absurd to suggest that Olympic heroines are some kind of 1996
innovation," writes Wayne Coffey of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS.  "Still,
there's no doubt the Atlanta Games catapulted women's sports to a
new level of interest" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/6).  The PHILADELPHIA
INQUIRER traces the growth of women's sports since Title IX was
passed in '72 (Diane St. George, PHILA. INQUIRER, 8/7).  TIME's
Richard Zoglin calls the U.S. women's teams the "hottest acts" at
the Games (TIME, 8/5 issue).  The TAMPA TRIBUNE's Mick Elliott:
"Never had women's athletics in the United States been presented
such a stage, and it responded in appropriate style" (TAMPA
TRIBUNE, 8/5).  The WASHINGTON TIMES' Tom Knott:  "This was the
Olympiad in which the U.S. women's teams punched through to a new
level of mass acceptance with the American public" (WASHINGTON
TIMES, 8/5).  The CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Bob Verdi:  "My fellow
fellows, we got our clocks cleaned. ...Women were everywhere in
Atlanta, and honesty compels us to report that they excelled
beyond all expectations" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/4).  The S.F.
CHRONICLE's Scott Ostler calls the U.S. women's basketball team
"role models for hoopdom in general" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/7).
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