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Power Play

The U.S. women’s hockey team established its legacy by joining a sisterhood of athletes who bet on themselves and fought for change.

Before the Women’s Tennis Association was formed in 1973, its founder, Billie Jean King, had to pry many players from their conviction not to fight for its creation. In an interview with former pro and current broadcaster Mary Carillo, King recalled the moment that became the turning point.

“If we do this,” one of the players said, “we’ll lose everything.”

“Don’t you understand?” King responded. “You have nothing. You literally have nothing to lose. Can’t you see that

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