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Thankful for Title IX, all sports heroes

Being a sports fan means it doesn't matter whether men or women are on the field or court

Updated: June 21, 2012, 9:46 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | espnW

Here are the female athletes you might know who made a big impression on me as I grew up in the 1970s.

Figure skater Dorothy Hamill and speed skater Sheila Young from the first Olympics I watched avidly, the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Gymnast Nadia Comaneci and diver Jenny Chandler from the '76 Summer Games in Montreal.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, whom I first saw in a televised indoor tournament when she was still a Czech teenager. Nancy Lopez, who ...

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