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Dr. Dot Richardson, the orthopedic surgeon who won two Olympic gold medals as an infielder for the United States softball team, will visit the Buffalo area next weekend on a three-day tour of clinics and public appearances.

Richardson, now 39, says the high point of her career was her two-run homer that drove in the winning runs against China in the 1996 gold medal game at Atlanta. She played second base on the 2000 team in Sydney, Australia, and also earned gold at four Pan-American Games and four World Championships.

Richardson was USA Softball's best defensive player seven times and was named the NCAA Player of the Decade for the 1980s. She holds degrees from UCLA, Adelphi and Louisville and practices in the Los Angeles area.

On Feb. 16, she will speak to a Western New York coaches clinic at the Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., from 6 to 9 p.m. She will share the podium with Dr. William Casey, who will speak on "Sports Psychology in Coaching Young People." To register, at $60 per person, call Kevin Walkowski at 626-5809.

On Feb. 17, Richardson and the Erie Community College softball team will conduct all-station clinics for Western New York girls at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the ECC North Gym. To register, at $60 per player, call Tiffany Amore at 851-1286.

That evening, she will address the Metro Buffalo ASA/USA Softball Hall of Fame induction dinner at 6:45 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 4243 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For tickets at $35 each, call Walkowski.

On Feb. 18, Richardson will attend a meeting and autograph session for Lou Gehrig League players from 8 a.m. to noon at the ECC North Gym. The event is free to league members and their parents, $50 for others. No advance registration is needed. For details call Perry Nicholas at 688-4548.

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