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United States Olympic Training / Women's Volleyball / Educators' Concerns #256860

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 14, 1978
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(Studio) New purpose behind many pupils' decision to drop out of school and concern of educators about it is subject of report
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(No location given) Report with regard to educators' worries over incring. number of students dropping out of college to train for 1980 Olympics. Case of USC Trojans' women's volleyball team cited as example; several members of team dropped out of school to train in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for 1980 Olympics. Coach Chuck Erbe also quit USC. Views of women participating in training program, educators and Olympic officials with regard to situation detailed. [Team captain Debbie LANDRETH - only had year and half left in school and really wanted to finish, but has worked long time for chance at Olympics and decided she could always go back to school.] [ERBE - notes US women's volleyball team lost each game in 1968, didn't get into 1972 and 1976 Olympics and has to train in same way other teams do to make it into 1980 Olympics.] Critics' fears that United States may become like USSR and E. German teams in trying to train like them. [USC athletic director Dr. Rich PERRY - thinks process develops narrow human being.] Olympic officials' opposing views cited.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) United States Olympic Committee's report that only other team in such concentrated training is men's volleyball team, where most members have already graduated, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter

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