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ATLANTA TO BE REMEMBERED AS THE WOMEN'S GAMES
Published August 7, 1996
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).