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Sports: Football, Women Athletes #100799

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 07, 1986
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Dan Lovett) Giants-Redskins, Bengals-Patriots football games detailed; performances of individual players (named) mentioned. Scenes shown courtesy CBS and NBC sports.

(No location given: Edie Magnus) Physical and psychological problems experienced by women athletes due to stress of competition examined; attempted suicide last June of runner Kathy Ormsby during race and emotional breakdown of runner Joy Hansen cited as exs. [Mary WAZETER - recalls her suicide attempt.] Self-destructive pattern apparent in athletes like Wazeter noted. [Runner Jaqueline HANSEN - describes syndrome developing in some.] [WAZETER - recalls her attitude toward running.] Olympic gymnast Kathy Rigby and ballerina Gelsey Kirkland said illustrating inability of some women performers to cope healthily with stress. [Sports psychologist Scott PENGELLY - explains dynamics involved.] [Sports psychologist Mark OLDHAM - advises coaches of women athletes.] Stress factors targeting women athletes described. [Psychiatrist Lionel ROSEN - notes women undergoing double sources of stress.] Kirstin O'Hara's anorexia nervosa cited as example [O'HARA - feels runners need obsessive-compulsive nature to win.]

(Studio: Dan Lovett) Uniden. observer quoted on problem.

Donaldson, Sam;
Lovett, Dan;
Magnus, Edie

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