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Peacock specials to look back on U.S. women athletes’ success at 1996 Olympics

Before the Tokyo Summer Olympics begin this year, Peacock will air a retrospective looking back at the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The NBCU streamer will debut two ...
June 16, 2021

Before the Tokyo Summer Olympics begin this year, Peacock will air a retrospective looking back at the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

The NBCU streamer will debut two shows featuring athletes from the 1996 Games. First, The ’96 Effect is a three-part series produced by Lookalike Productions about four legendary USA women’s teams who won gold at the Atlanta Games, debuting on June 17. These women were the first generation to become world-class athletes during the Title IX era and the series documents their impact on their sports and  female athletics, globally.

The teams discussed in The ’96 Effect include the American basketball, gymnastics, softball and soccer teams. Athletes profiled include Lisa Leslie (pictured), Sheryl Swoopes, Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm, Amanda Borden and Dominique Dawes. These Games were the first to feature softball and women’s soccer.

Interviews with tennis legend Billie Jean King, and contemporary athletes like Sue Bird, A’ja Wilson, Carli Lloyd, Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott ground audiences in what it was like for women to compete in 1996.

“What the women of ’96 accomplished was as much a cultural revolution as it was one of the greatest feats in U.S. Olympic history,” said Lisa Lax, co-founder of Lookalike Productions and executive producer of The ’96 Effect.

“These stories are bigger than sport—and deserve to be told, shared, and passed along for generations of girls—and boys—to come.”

Peacock is also making the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s gold medal victory available in full for the first time, as the game was originally not fully televised. The entire match will be available for streaming on July 16.

To celebrate the occasion, Peacock will also air The Sisters of ’96: The 1996 USA Women’s Olympic Soccer Team, produced by NBC Olympics. The hour-long special will reunite stars from the team like Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan, Briana Scurry and Tisha Venturini to watch the match together for the first time.

Peacock will also air On Her Turf throughout this year’s Olympics, which will follow the biggest female stars competing at the Tokyo Summer Games.

Photo: The 1996 pre-Olympic International basketball game against Cuba/Doug Pensinger/Allsport/Hulton Archive via Getty Images

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