COVID-19 to the 1980 Olympic Boycott

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The uncertainty of the recent developments has caused disruption and cancelations in the swimming community and world-wide. We wanted to have a guest who could relate to having a chance to not only swim fast but represent her country, be taken away, through no fault of her own.

 

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, J.D., is an American swimmer who represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. She also was a member of the 1980 US Olympic Team that was part of the boycott. She is currently the CEO of Champion Women, an organization leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport. Focus areas include equal play, such as traditional Title IX compliance in athletic departments, sexual harassment, abuse, and assault, as well as employment, pregnancy, and LGBT discrimination. In 2012 she began working on legislative changes to assure club and Olympic sports athletes were as protected from sexual abuse. In 2018, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act was finally enacted.

 

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