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.
Ivan Johnson, a San Antonio native, didn’t get along with his coaches. He got into fights, and when Dick spoke with him in 2008, he’d played for four colleges and a team in the NBA’s developmental league.
Playing in a New Year's Day bowl game is the pinnacle of success for college football players. Don Stancavish never played college football, but he vividly remembers the catch of his life as a high school wide receiver. He caught the game-winning touchdown pass against his school's arch rival with just seconds on the clock.
Twenty-four years later, the same ball he caught showed up in a package on his front porch.
Right now a group of really hardy runners are just finishing what’s called the toughest and coldest race in the world: the Yukon Arctic Ultra. It's 430 miles of such extreme conditions that prior to 2009, no one had made it to the finish line... that year, Bruce Thompson became one of the first. He talks with Dick about how he did it. One secret: Do not sweat into your clothes or you’ll freeze. Also in this episode: saved by a penguin. and: Over the Garage Records.
Before the U.S. Olympic Hockey team came out of nowhere to win gold in 1980, there was the 1960 U.S. Team. Dick Meredith was one of the players. They were not expected to even medal at the games, but the team went undefeated, and captured the gold. Also in this show: The Will To Win - An Update
The podcast City Hardwood has been chronicling the year at New York City’s Abraham Lincoln High School, an incubator of basketball talent. Ethan Telfair, a junior point guard, lets us eavesdrop on what he and his team have seen this season.
Dawn Vieyra and Jorge Lopez love watching their LA Dodgers in person. But with the ups and downs in the economy, they've had to get creative in funding their shared passion. So they pick up bottles and cans at home games. Also in this episode, Andy Filer is on a mission: he wants to photograph every "map on the dot" in North Dakota.
Millions will tune into see the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers for Sunday's big game. Nathan Hegedus grew up in a football family - his two grandfathers played, his dad played, and he played lineman in high school and college. And he loves the NFL -- a diehard Buffalo Bills fan. But Nathan has increasing concerns about the violence of the game, especially now that he has two young kids.