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The DeFrantz credo: 'Yes, you can!'

Updated: March 17, 2009, 3:42 PM ET
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

I have known and been friends with Anita DeFrantz for three decades, since she was a vice president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Games. She is one of sports' true pioneers, both for her marvelous athletic career and for her position as perhaps the most powerful woman in international sport through her role in the International Olympic Committee. Her influence is written all over the Olympics.

Recently, she told me, "I know we are not done yet; but between ...

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