Guest Host Sean Cole talks to Leanne Shapton about training for the Olympic trials for swimming, and what it means to be "pretty good" and then walk away from her sport. She still has a feel for the water – a knowledge of under-water space.
Ramogi Huma was recruited to play Division I football and saw student athletes struggle to pay grocery and medical bills. He talks with Dick Gordon about what it's like to be a student-athlete, and whether they should receive stipends.
In 1974, Dennis Streets traveled with other college students to Leningrad. They thought they'd have a friendly exhibition game of basketball with their Soviet hosts. Instead, they found themselves being introduced as the number one team from the U.S. and playing against former Olympians. Dennis tells Dick why the mismatch was a game to remember.
A new documentary film called Racing Dreams recently opened in theaters. One of the stars of the film is Annabeth Barnes. She can't drive a car; the 15-year-old doesn't have her license yet. But she took her first spin on a race track when she was four years old.
Kim Ng grew up playing stickball on the streets of Queens, NY and is now one of the most powerful women in baseball. She is vice president and assistant general manager of the L.A. Dodgers. Dick Gordon talks to Kim from her office at Dodger Town. Also in thie episode: producer Joe Vella and behind the scenes with the Beach Boys on their Pet Sounds album recording.
Claudia Becque was a good marathon runner who hadn't quite made it to highest level of competition. Then Claudia got a pink slip and she decided to make the best of unemployment, eventually qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials. Also on the show: a Secret Service agent on protecting a presidential family.
Making do. Getting by. Adapting. That’s something Michael Sandler knows about. Michael is a "barefoot runner." But he only became a part of this new trend in athletics after two bad accidents set him back.