IX. In the 50 years since the title was won, women have gone from being part of the men’s Olympic medal trials to leading the U.S. team, despite still having fewer medal chances.
The value of women in the United States, and by extension IX. The impact of the title became clear on the final day of the Tokyo Games.
The U.S. started on August 8 with two gold medals behind China in the standings. The second finish would be a major failure, as the U.S. led the overall and gold medal standings at all Summer Games since 1996, except when China won more gold, when it hosted Beijing in 2008.
But the Americans had one closer: their women.
Within minutes of the final day, the U.S. women’s basketball team won its seventh consecutive gold medal, as expected, and the track riders. Jennifer Valente he won the omnium, a surprise. Then the women’s volleyball team ended the program with the first gold medal.
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Last place: USA, 39 gold. China, 38 gold. (Two U.S. boxers also had a chance to advance on the final day and came out with a silver medal).
The U.S. finished with 66 medals in the women’s Olympics, the most ever in any nation.
He won 41 medals for men, the lowest number of men in the U.S. since the first modern Olympics in 1896, according to Olympedia.org. This statistic is even more astonishing, as there were a record 339 medal events in Tokyo in 1896, when there were 43 medal events when only men could compete.
1972an IX. When the title was approved, there was no Olympic basketball or cycling event for women. There was no NCAA women’s volleyball. IX. the degree gave women equal opportunities in high school and college sports. He laid the groundwork for Olympic success.
“The strength of the U.S. team in Tokyo was on the backs of our women athletes, many of whom competed in college,” the director general of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Paralympic Committee said. Sarah Hirshland he said. “It’s profound to see the dominance of women in the United States, especially in other countries around the world, who may not have a non-university system and an education-based athletics system in this country, but they’re certainly not in the hospitality industry.
Further on, IX. Some of the first fellows of the title period starred in the Games.
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UCLA first-year female athlete intern, Ann Meyers DrysdaleShe was a catalyst for the first women’s Olympic basketball team in the United States to win silver in 1976.
Flo HymanA 1984 Olympic silver medalist and arguably the greatest volleyball player ever in the United States, she was the first female athlete to be awarded a scholarship to the University of Houston.
The 1996 Atlanta Games are seen as a catapult for women’s sports, with many stars in the IX. They were fully grown in the title era.
It was the first Olympic Games in women’s soccer and softball (both U.S. gold medals), the first U.S. women’s gymnastics Olympic team title, and the last Olympic Games. Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Janet Evans.
“It wouldn’t be Lisa Leslie Without a IX title, “said Lisa Leslie, a prominent basketball born in 1972, in the 2021 film Peacock,” The ’96 Effect. “” There wouldn’t be a U.S. women’s team without a IX title. “
The female stars of these games, such as the Seven Magnificent Gymnasts, are liked by footballers Mia Hamm and basketball players like Leslie became role models for the dominant generation today.
“Part of the story of the 96-year-old American women at the Olympics is not just their specific accomplishments, though they were just as glorious as many of them, it’s the ripple effect it has had,” longtime NBC Olympics hosts. Bob Costas said the “96 effect.” “Broad social change was underway, of course. Sometimes you need big, prominent signs to take the point home and inspire people as well. ”
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Since the 1992 Barcelona Games, women in the U.S. have won a higher percentage of medals than men in the U.S. at all but the 2004 Summer Olympics. There were more women than men in a U.S. Olympic team in 2012, and they got a bigger lead in 2016. 2021.
The last time the U.S. won more medals in the men’s or women’s medals at the Summer or Winter Olympics was in 2010.
“You can see the impact not only on my generation, but also on the younger generations, because they have the opportunity to play,” the five-time Olympic basketball champion. Sue Bird he said. “We have a chance to play.”
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