Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, 2008 and 2004 Olympian and 2012 hopeful
"I don't know what sports were like before Title IX but I know that it's had a tremendous impact on my career, just given me the opportunity to compete at the college level. And had I not competed in college, I would have retired at age 16 and all of my Olympic medals are from age 21 and on…Title IX has had its hands in a lot of my life and in ways that I will probably never realize."
Soccer standout Alex Morgan, 2012 Olympian
"Title IX has definitely impacted my life. I actually did a paper on it in college. I was very interested in Title IX and its history and I really respect the women who started out…I think that it's great that I have this path that I'm able to create for myself, this career, and to be able to make a living playing soccer and doing what I want and doing what I love."
Water polo player Brenda Villa, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympian and 2012 hopeful
"I know that there were women before me who played for my club team who didn't get an opportunity to play in college and didn't get to do a lot of the things that I've been able to do. I say all the time I was born at a perfect time; thank you Mom for having me in 1980. I was given all these opportunities and I know others didn't get them."
Swimmer Allison Schmitt, 2008 Olympian and 2012 hopeful
“It’s been a lot of fun and I know there are times when we’ll have a week off of practice or vacation and I’m like, ‘Man, I can’t describe myself. I can’t imagine my life without being a student-athlete. I can’t imagine just being a normal student and having so much free time on my hands.’ It’s definitely been a great experience and a great opportunity to be an athlete.”