If U.S. Olympian Kimberly Rhode qualifies for the Summer Games in Rio, she could become the first American to win a medal at six different Olympic games. So why haven’t many people heard of her? Because her sport involves firearms.
In the 1980s, four-time Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis didn’t get his photo on a Wheaties box. Louganis is gay and was told that he didn’t fit into General Mills’ “wholesome demographic.” Some fans didn’t think that was right, and now the company has changed its tune.
The Nazis pioneered modern, global sports broadcasting for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. They just didn’t know Jesse Owens was going to steal the show. Only A Game’s Karen Given finds out more about the Nazis’ role in broadcasting history.
What’s next for soccer’s governing body as corruption charges threaten more high-ranking FIFA officials? How should the Philadelphia 76ers handle Jahlil Okafor’s recent off-court troubles? And is there really a chance that the Olympics will come to an end in the not-so-distant future? Bill Littlefield is joined by Shira Springer and Erik Malinowski for “3 Stories You Should Know.”
This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency released a report detailing a Russian state-sponsored doping program for track and field athletes. In the 800-meter at the 2012 Olympics in London, U.S. runner Alysia Montaño finished fifth — behind two Russian runners. Montaño joins Bill Littlefield to share her reaction.
Eddie Eagan had never been in a bobsled when he was named to the U.S. Olympic bobsledding team for the 1932 Winter Games. Andy Bull, author of the new book “Speed Kings,” joins Only A Game to share Eagan’s story.
What should we make of Larry Brown’s suspension? How much should we celebrate the hiring of a female coach in MLB? And should more sports be added to the Summer Olympics? George Vecsey and Shira Springer join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”
At this month’s world swimming championships in Russia, Katie Ledecky won five gold medals. There to cheer her on was her No. 1 fan: older brother Michael. The Ledecky siblings join Bill Littlefield to talk about their close relationship, their earliest days in the pool and Katie’s first win against her brother.
It’s hard to miss UFC champion Ronda Rousey these days between her dominance in the cage, modeling and movie roles. For a look at her rise to stardom, Only A Game’s Doug Tribou sat down with Rousey’s former trainer and Olympic judo coach Jimmy Pedro.
Boston is out as a candidate for the 2024 Olympics. Now other North American cities are reviving their push to host the Games.