no professional league to which you can ''graduate'' after your
collegiate playing days are over. Another example of the disparity in
athletic opportunities between men and women? Absolutely. But it's
also a blessing for Kay Yow, who will coach the U.S. women in Seoul.
Two of the crew that won the gold in L.A., Teresa Edwards (25) and
Anne Donovan (26), and six other veterans of recent international
championships still have amateur status -- and this team is just
reaching its basketball peak. While the oldest player on the U.S.
men's team will be 22, the women are beginning to settle into the
kind of year-to-year continuity indigenous to national teams in
Eastern Europe.
The Americans' primary challenges will come from the Soviet Union
and Yugoslavia. The Soviets have begun forging an identity around
Galina Savitskaya, a slashing 6 ft. 5 in. forward. Their coach,
Leonid Yachmenev, is asserting himself, too. After a bad practice at
the Olympic qualifying tournament in June, Yachmenev reportedly put
his team through another three- hour workout, no water allowed. They
won the tournament. The Yugoslavs finished second there, but only
because their coach, Milos Vasojevic, claimed he wanted to see
exactly how good the Soviets were, and benched his three best players
against the U.S.S.R. The Yugoslavs lost by only four points. Long
shots to medal: China and the hosts from South Korea, who, with a
team three- point accuracy of 52%, evidently take the role of long
shot seriously. -- A.W.