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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Deon Hemmings | In the 400-meter hurdles, Deon Hemmings hauled away from two Americans with about 100 meters to go and won in 52.82 seconds. She became the first Jamaican woman to win Olympic gold. Photo Credit: Mike Hewit/tAllsport/Getty Images

Amy Van Dyken | In a single Olympics, swimmer Amy Van Dyken became the first American woman to win four golds. After winning the 50-meter freestyle by .03 seconds, she dedicated her fourth gold to all the young girls like her younger self who didn't quite fit in. Photo Credit: Al Bello/Allsport/Getty Images

U.S. Women's Soccer | This was the first Olympic gold medal awarded in women's soccer. The all-star U.S. team included Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett. Milbrett scored a goal to break the tie and the U.S finished with a 2-1 victory against China. Photo Credit: David Cannon/Allsport/Getty Images

U.S. Women’s Basketball  | The U.S. women's basketball team dominated its Olympic opponents by an average of 28 points and beat Brazil for gold, 111-87. The players ranged from veteran Teresa Edwards, who was the first U.S. basketball player to compete in four Olympics and also, the future legend Lisa Leslie. Photo Credit: Rick Stewart/Getty Images

Kim Rhode | At 17 years old, Kim Rhode won her first Olympic gold medal in double trap shooting. If she earns a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, then she will become the first American woman and the fourth woman in history to receive six medals in six Games. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Reed Saxon

U.S. Softball | Softball was an Olympic hit in 1996. Shortstop Dot Richardson smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning, that lead the U.S. to beat China for gold, 3-1. Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Elise Amendola

U.S. Women's Gymnastics: "Magnificent Seven" | The "Magnificent Seven" team was the first ever women’s gymnastics team to win the Olympic gold medal for the USA. Though Kerri Strug is known for vaulting on an injured left ankle, it was the perfect dramatic finish for years to come. Photo Credit: Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times/ Getty Images