1976 Women's Olympic basketball team honored as 'Trailblazers'

1976 Women's Olympic basketball team honored as 'Trailblazers'

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By JILLIAN MAHEN
6 Sports Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE)- On Saturday the USA's 1976 Olympic women's basketball team will be honored as 'trailblazers' at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. 

At the time, the shorts were shorter the players were a bit smaller but the women were just as competitive. 

 "We just believed we were going to go win and win a gold medal," said team co-captain Juliene Simpson. "We didn't look at what we could or couldn't do, we just knew what we wanted." 

The 1976 Olympics were the first year that women's basketball was played in the olympic games, but the milestone was secondary to the USA's podium goals. 

"I don't know that we as players ever felt the pressure of  'Ok, now we're the first and we've got to win' or whatever but I just think it was always, from day number one, you are on the very first women's Olympic team and we're expected to go in as our team and win the gold," said Simpson.

"We had no doubt that we were going for the gold," said teammate Ann Meyers. "It didn't turn out that way. We won the silver." 

The US women's basketball team has memedalledt every Olympics since. On Saturday, the 1976 team will become a permanent fixture at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame when they are honored as 'Trailblazers of the Game.' They will be just the fifth team or group to receive the honor. 

"We used to joke that we were pioneers, now we're trailblazers," said Simpson.

"We just knew the United States and basketball, it was just magic for us and for me especially it was one of the best memories I ever had," said Meyers. 

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