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1976

1976: Dorothy Hamill of Greenwich won the gold medal in figure skating in Innsbruck, Austria. Hamill, dubbed "America's Sweetheart" by the media, was known for the Hamill Camel, a skating move she invented that was the combination of a "camel spin" and a "sit spin," and her bobbed haircut also became very popular. 1976: Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe, the top two ranked tennis players in the world, clinched America's second title in the Aetna World Cup March 7 at the Civic Center. Connors beat John Newcombe 6-2, 6-3; and Ashe beat Tony Roche 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 10,607. It was the first time Connors had played in the event since its inception seven years earlier. 1976: The CIAC conducted its first football championships in Class LL, L, M and S on Dec. 4. 1976:In 1976, members of the Yale women's crew team wrote Title IX on their bodies and stood naked before Joni Barnett, the director of women's sports, in protest of the inequality shown to women athletes. UPI
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