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Team USA's Golden Girls Inspire Generations of Athletes

With three days left, two thirds of Team USA’s Olympic gold medals were won by women

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    Team USA women are dominating the London 2012 medal count, and many of them hail from Southern California.

    On Thursday, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Team USA soccer brought home the gold against Japan, and Commerce's Brenda Villa and Team USA water polo captured the top spot against Spain.

    Golden Girls Dominate Medal Count

    [LA] Team USA's Golden Girls Dominate Olympic Medal Count
    With three days left, two thirds of Team USA's Olympic gold medals were won by women. Taryn Randle, with Heart of Los Angeles, says she s proud to see women including women of color represent her country well. Janet Kwak reports from NBC4's Olympic Village at LA Live for the NBC4 News at Midnight on Aug. 8, 2012. (Published Friday, Aug 10, 2012)

    Team USA women also took home the gold in boxing on Thursday, and SoCal duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings captured their third Olympic gold.

    Women's volleyball and basketball also earned another shot to compete for the top spot. Their success is revving up a little Olympic inspiration at the Heart of Los Angeles after-school program for at-risk teens.

    "You see that there are women representing your country well. Women of color, it's just, all you can do is just be proud of those girls," said Taryn Randle, athletic assistant at Heart of Los Angeles.

    For the first time in Olympic history, every country has women on its team. Another first: females outnumbered male athletes representing the United States, setting an example for ladies everywhere, and giving them a reason to dream big.

    With three days left, two thirds of Team USA’s Olympic gold medals were won by women.

    And it all happened in the 40th anniversary year of Title Nine, which leveled the playing field for female athletes competing in the Olympics.

    "When we see other females playing professionally, and representing our nation, then it means something to us," said Daisy Lopez, who is on the HOLA basketball team.

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