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In Their Own Words
June 6th, 2015

Gobbled Up By The Peloton: A Cyclist Gets A Hand…And A Push

Writer, filmmaker and professional cyclist Kathryn Bertine tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Bertine tells Only A Game’s Karen Given about the time she tried to gain qualifying points by breaking away from the peloton during a race in El Salvador.

Feature
May 2nd, 2015
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Sand Volleyball’s Popularity Spikes Upward

This weekend, eight teams are vying for the collegiate national championship in sand volleyball. The American Volleyball Coaches Association is hosting the tournament, but the NCAA will take over the event next year and further raise the profile of the budding sport. From Boise, Idaho, Scott Graf reports.

Commentary
March 25th, 2015

Applauding Boston’s Move Toward An Olympic Referendum

Bill Littlefield muses on the upcoming referendum in Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

Commentary
March 11th, 2015

Have Sports Become ‘Too Big To Fail’?

The NFL has been plagued by scandal. Two of college basketball’s elite programs have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. But fans continue to watch. Bill Littlefield wonders if sports have become “too big to fail.”

In Depth
February 21st, 2015

‘Maximalist’ Shoes: The Latest Running Craze?

“Maximalist” shoes are gaining popularity among runners who hope the extra cushioning will reduce injury. Lindsay Crouse wrote about it for The New York Times and she joined Karen Given to discuss the trend.

Featured Book
February 7th, 2015

‘Circus Maximus’ Tallies The Real Cost Of Hosting The Olympics

The cost of hosting events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cup is higher than most proponents care to admit. Economist Andrew Zimbalist explains the cost in his book ‘Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.’ He speaks with Bill Littlefield.

January 31st, 2015

‘The Fall Line’ Explores The U.S. Ski Team’s Dominance At 2010 Olympics

The United States’ alpine skiers raked in eight medals at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, becoming only the fourth nation to accomplish that feat. Author Nathaniel Vinton wrote about the U.S. skiers’ journey in ‘The Fall Line.’

In Depth
January 17th, 2015

Can I Put My Gold Medal On My Resume? Life After The Olympics

Olympic athletes can’t stay on top of the podium forever, and finding a new career after retirement can be quite a challenge. New York Times sports columnist Karen Crouse tells Bill Litttlefield the story of retiring American skier Hannah Kearney.

In The News
January 10th, 2015

It’s Boston: USOC Tabs Hub As U.S. Bid For 2024 Olympics

“It was certainly not the expected choice,” the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Hersh says of the USOC’s decision to make Boston the U.S. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Hersh joins Bill Littlefield to explain why Boston got the nod — and why the U.S. has a better shot to land these games than it did for 2012 and 2016.

In The News
January 8th, 2015

Boston Wins U.S. Olympic Bid for Summer 2024: Now What?

Boston is the United States’ choice to host the 2024 Olympic Games, but can the Massachusetts city beat out the international competition? We look at the pros and cons of the bid.

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