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Nostalgic Moments When Women Dominated the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

The Centennial Olympic Games were not only a defining moment for Atlanta, but for women in sports.

Many female athletes were awarded gold medals, and some sports were debuted for the first time. In 1996, female athletes were being marketed and respected like never before.

According to espnW, Sheryl Swoopes had her own Nike shoe, and Dot Richardson had a signature bat. Female athletes graced many billboards and they were the topics of several TV specials.

As the 2016 Summer Olympics approach, MAKERS is revisiting some of the pivotal, defining moments for women in Olympics history. Click through the slideshow above to learn more.

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