An article in the L.A. Times, about the U.S. women’s soccer team.

“If you just looked at the countries where women had a lot of freedoms, you could almost rank the women’s teams in that order,” said Anson Dorrance, a longtime coach at the University of North Carolina. “The Scandinavian countries were strong and our women had a lot of freedom, certainly to pursue athletics at an aggressive level.”

Social dynamics started the ball rolling. Title IX provided another crucial ingredient: funding.

“There is something about the American attitude to find a way to win,” said Pia Sundhage, currently head coach of the team.

I suppose one could say something about women in college, and women in AP programs in high school. But not today.

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