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Women's Volleyball-1980 U.S. Women's Olympic Team Enshrined
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Members of the 1980 U.S. Women's Olympic Volleyball Team were officially enshrined into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday evening at the city's World Arena in front of a sold-out crowd of 700 people.
The Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, in its 11th year, also enshrined Andy Gambucci (Colorado College ice hockey), Sherrice King (Rampart High School and University of Colorado basketball), Ken Brown (Wasson High School and Cornell University world championship rower), Ken Hatfield (Air Force Academy football), Fred Whitacre (father of baseball in Colorado Springs), David G. Elmore (Colorado Springs Sky Sox Owner/Founder, sports entrepreneur), 1981 Mitchell High School state football champions, Dick Westbay as Col. F. Don Miller Award recipient and Dr. Jamieson Kennedy as Thayer Tutt Sportsman Award recipient.
Representing the 1980 U.S. Women's Olympic Team at the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame were co-captains Debbie Landreth Brown and Patty Dowdell, Janet Baier, Diane McCormick French, Debbie Green, Terry Place and Carolyn Becker. Other members of the team were coach Arie Selinger, Rita Crockett, Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli, the late Flo Hyman, Laurel Brassey Iversen and Sue Woodstra.
Despite being considered favorites to win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Team was denied a chance to claim USA's first volleyball medal during the event due to the American boycott of the event in Moscow. The dreams of standing on the podium with gold medals around their necks at the Olympic Games in Moscow were shattered when the U.S. Olympic Committee's House of Delegates, at the urging of then-President Jimmy Carter, voted to boycott the 1980 Olympiad to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
For the complete press release, visit usavolleyball.org/news/article/39255.