athletes http://wnpr.org en A Witness To The Bombing, A Nurse Returns To Boston As A Runner http://wnpr.org/post/witness-bombing-nurse-returns-boston-runner <em>Each week, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday <em>brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.</em><p>As a volunteer for the 2013 Boston Marathon, nurse <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/23/292163825/fate-sets-up-a-date-with-the-boston-marathon">Amelia Nelson</a> thought should would be there to help runners as they came across the finish line.<p>"Our whole mission was to make sure that we kinda talked to people as they came across the finish line, ask them how their time was, make sure that they were oriented, make Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:53:00 +0000 NPR Staff 20466 at http://wnpr.org A Witness To The Bombing, A Nurse Returns To Boston As A Runner How NBA Players Get Rest In An 82-Game Season http://wnpr.org/post/how-nba-players-get-rest-82-game-season Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Time to talk sports and time to talk rest because it can be a challenge for any of us to make sure we unplug so we can recharge. Professional athletes are no different. The day in, day out grind of a season can take a toll on individual players and can make or break a team's season. But what is the best way to keep a team rested and performing at its best? To find out, we are joined by Slate.com's Mike Pesca who needs no rest. He is working the story at every angle, every hour of the day. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 editor 20456 at http://wnpr.org Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life http://wnpr.org/post/runner-returns-boston-new-outlook-life <em><a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/runners">Eight runners</a> entered in the 2014 Boston Marathon are <a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/">documenting their race preparations</a> for NPR in a Tumblr blog. <a href="http://npr8.tumblr.com/tagged/demi-clark">Demi Clark</a> is one of the eight, and this is her story.</em><p><hr /><p>Demi Clark was having a storybook Boston Marathon experience when the first blast sounded out like a cannon behind her. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 20170 at http://wnpr.org Runner Returns To Boston With A New Outlook On Life By Helping Gay Athletes, Group Hopes To Refocus On Talent http://wnpr.org/post/helping-gay-athletes-group-hopes-refocus-talent <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e07GEkJKiMM</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:42:00 +0000 editor 20062 at http://wnpr.org By Helping Gay Athletes, Group Hopes To Refocus On Talent Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon http://wnpr.org/post/father-son-team-run-one-last-boston-marathon Later this month is the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, and this year&#8217;s race is especially significant because it&#8217;s the first time it&#8217;s being run since last year&#8217;s bombing at the finish line. Because of that attack, two people will be taking part in this year&#8217;s Boston Marathon who hadn&#8217;t intended to be there: Dick and Rick Hoyt.<p>For years, some spectators have come out just to see them &#8212; the compact, muscular man and his quadriplegic son, the father running while pushing a wheelchair all 26.2 miles. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:22 +0000 editor 20004 at http://wnpr.org Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal http://wnpr.org/post/poetic-take-black-boxer-lands-punches-broad-appeal <em>April is National Poetry Month, and Code Switch is celebrating by writing about great poets of color and their poems that address issues of race, culture and ethnicity. We began the series with an invitation to our readers to help us build a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">collaborative</a></em> <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">poem</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:38 +0000 Camila Domonoske 19996 at http://wnpr.org Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing http://wnpr.org/post/new-exhibit-running-shoes-are-potent-symbol-boston-bombing In the wake of most tragedies, makeshift memorials fill up with flowers and teddy bears. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:43:00 +0000 editor 19729 at http://wnpr.org In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes http://wnpr.org/post/what-ruling-football-players-means-college-athletes <p></p><div><p>Earlier this week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university. That could have implications for other student athletes in private universities nationwide, including local schools like the University of Hartford.</p></div><div><p>This all started because the football players at Northwestern wanted to form a union so they could have collective bargaining rights and better health coverage.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:03:25 +0000 Alan Yu 19207 at http://wnpr.org What a Ruling on Football Players Means for College Athletes Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far http://wnpr.org/post/march-madness-its-only-start-upsets <h6>We updated this post with the first shock of the day at 2:35 p.m. ET:</h6><p>It's one-and-done for the Duke Blue Devils as their men's basketball team was beaten Friday by the Mercer Bears, 78-71, in the Division I men's basketball championship.<p>Mercer, a No. 14 seed in the Midwest region, was a huge underdog to the No. 3 seed Duke.<p>The win for Mercer, which has its main campus in Macon, Ga., is by far the biggest upset of the tournament so far. Heading into play, Duke was No. 8 in The Associated Press rankings. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 18816 at http://wnpr.org Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far More Women Are Athletes, But Sports Reporters Are Still Mostly Men http://wnpr.org/post/more-women-are-athletes-sports-reporters-are-still-mostly-men <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 &nbsp;gave women the same rights to educational opportunities as men at every level of schooling.</span></p><p>While the law says that schools must give equal consideration to men and women when deciding who gets admitted to a school, who gets financial aid, and where a student lives while at school, the clause allowing women entrance to sports has long overshadowed the rest.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:09:23 +0000 Betsy Kaplan 17704 at http://wnpr.org More Women Are Athletes, But Sports Reporters Are Still Mostly Men Women Speak Out on the State of Sports http://wnpr.org/post/women-speak-out-state-sports <p></p><p>Four women join us to talk about sports, mostly football. Two of them are sports journalists. A third is a journalist specializing in legal issues, and a fourth is a scientist and engineer.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:01:16 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17516 at http://wnpr.org Women Speak Out on the State of Sports The Scramble Talks TV, Drones, and Big Changes in Sports http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-talks-tv-drones-and-big-changes-sports <p></p><p>There's something exciting about a critic who challenges your perceptions in a compelling way. I love the movie <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2014/01/american_hustle_is_the_worst_best_picture_nominee_of_the_year.html"><em>American Hustle</em></a> but when I read Willa Paskin's take-down of it in <a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.willa_paskin.html"><em>Slate</em></a>, she really got me thinking.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:26:22 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17457 at http://wnpr.org The Scramble Talks TV, Drones, and Big Changes in Sports VIDEO: Warm Reception As NBA's Jason Collins Makes History http://wnpr.org/post/video-warm-reception-nbas-jason-collins-makes-history <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiSvs9H58Hg</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17451 at http://wnpr.org VIDEO: Warm Reception As NBA's Jason Collins Makes History Same Banned Substance Fells German Biathlete, Italian Bobsledder http://wnpr.org/post/same-banned-substance-fells-german-biathlete-italian-bobsledder Germany's Sochi 2014 contingent is reeling from the news that Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, a former Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing who took fourth place in the biathlon Monday, has tested positive for banned substances at the Sochi Winter Olympics. An Italian athlete also tested positive, officials said Friday.<p>The German Olympics team says that Sachenbacher-Stehle, 33, has confirmed that her A and B samples returned positive results for a banned stimulant. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17368 at http://wnpr.org Same Banned Substance Fells German Biathlete, Italian Bobsledder Women Are Front And Center In Today's Olympic Events http://wnpr.org/post/women-are-front-and-center-todays-olympic-events Forget about the men. There's only one Olympic hockey rivalry that matters today, and it's between the women.<p>The women's hockey teams of Canada and the U.S. will face off today for Olympic gold. It's the latest square-off in a tug of war <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/10/274758010/u-s-and-canadian-womens-hockey-brings-plenty-of-heat-to-the-ice">that's been hot</a> since 1998, when the U.S. team won the first Olympic gold in women's hockey, beating Canada.<p><strong>Update at 6:30 p.m. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:35:00 +0000 editor 17258 at http://wnpr.org Women Are Front And Center In Today's Olympic Events The Roller Rink Where Olympians Are Born http://wnpr.org/post/roller-rink-where-olympians-are-born At the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the U.S. has collected no medals so far in speedskating, an uncharacteristic result.<p>The Americans&#8217; best remaining hope for hardware rests with short track speedskater J.R. Celski and the men&#8217;s relay team. Celski began his career at a skating rink in the Seattle suburb of Federal Way, the same city where his former speedskating idol Apolo Ohno got his start.<p>The thing is, it&#8217;s a roller rink, not an ice skating rink. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:53:00 +0000 editor 17236 at http://wnpr.org The Roller Rink Where Olympians Are Born Team USA's Ted Ligety Wins Gold In Giant Slalom http://wnpr.org/post/team-usas-ted-ligety-wins-gold-giant-slalom Ted Ligety is now only the second American to ever earn two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing after finishing first Wednesday in the giant slalom at the Sochi Winter Games.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/sochi/2014/02/19/ted-ligety-skiing-giant-slalom-winter-olympics-sochi-2014/5598813/" target="_blank">As <em>USA Today</em> writes</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Ligety, 29, of Park City, Utah, ... [joins] Andrea Mead-Lawrence, who won the slalom and giant slalom gold medals way back in 1952. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:31:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17192 at http://wnpr.org Team USA's Ted Ligety Wins Gold In Giant Slalom The Nose Questions God and Atheists; Judging the Morality of Athletes http://wnpr.org/post/nose-questions-god-and-atheists-judging-morality-athletes <p>I was still digesting some of the lessons of the play "Freud's Last Session" -- a 90 minute conversation between Freud and C.S. Lewis -- when I stumbled upon <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2014/02/17/140217crat_atlarge_gopnik?currentPage=all" target="_blank">Adam Gopnik's New Yorker essay about rise of polemical atheism</a> -- that is atheism that takes an openly contemptuous tone toward faith. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:57:07 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 16991 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Questions God and Atheists; Judging the Morality of Athletes Why Some Olympians Load Up On Salad Instead Of Pasta http://wnpr.org/post/how-many-calories-do-winter-olympians-strive-it-depends When we imagine Olympic athletes at the table before the most important competition of their lives, we might picture a huge plate of pasta, with Gatorade to wash it down and a well-deserved ice cream sundae for dessert.<p>Turns out, they might be preparing with a salad, a glass of beet juice and some almonds.<p>As we <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/24/157317262/how-many-calories-do-olympic-athletes-need-it-depends">reported</a> back in 2012 during the London Games, athletes actually deploy a pretty wide range of fueling strategies to coax peak performance from their bodies. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:22:00 +0000 editor 16945 at http://wnpr.org Why Some Olympians Load Up On Salad Instead Of Pasta Shaun White Falls Just Short Of Three-Peat Quest In Half-Pipe http://wnpr.org/post/shaun-white-falls-just-short-three-peat-quest-half-pipe In an event that came down to a dramatic final run, American snowboarder Shaun White finished in fourth place in the men's halfpipe Tuesday, falling just short of the podium with a score of 90.25. White needed a score of better than 94.75 to take gold.<p>The margin was close – the top four men all finished with scores above 90. But Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov moved from third to first place on his second run, in the event in which only the best score is counted.<p>Japan's Ayumu Hirano, who had the best first run at 90.75, improved his score to 93.50 on the second run to secure silver. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:51:19 +0000 Bill Chappell 16822 at http://wnpr.org Shaun White Falls Just Short Of Three-Peat Quest In Half-Pipe Slopestyle Skier Devin Logan Keeps It Cool, But She's 'All In' http://wnpr.org/post/slopestyle-skier-devin-logan-keeps-it-cool-shes-all Much of the attention on the slopestyle events in Sochi has been focused on snowboarders like Shaun White. But Devin Logan and her other American teammates twist and soar down mountains, too — on skis.<p>I first met Logan at an Olympic qualifier event in Colorado back in December. We were hanging out at the base of the halfpipe watching the competition. She's 20. She smiles a lot. We bonded over Instagram and 2 Chainz. I told her I'd look for her in Sochi — but she didn't know then if she'd even make the U.S. team.<p>Well, Logan <em>did</em> make it to Sochi. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 editor 16792 at http://wnpr.org Slopestyle Skier Devin Logan Keeps It Cool, But She's 'All In' Scrambling to Make Sense of Russia, Woody Allen, and the Westminster Dog Show http://wnpr.org/post/scrambling-make-sense-russia-woody-allen-and-westminster-dog-show <p></p><p>While visitors watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, enjoy spectacular feats of athletic ability from the world's most accomplished athletes, those in Russia's&nbsp;LGBT community anticipate laws&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">that punish Russians for even suggesting that it's okay to be gay, let alone live openly as a gay adult.</span></p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:20:49 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 16756 at http://wnpr.org Scrambling to Make Sense of Russia, Woody Allen, and the Westminster Dog Show Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say http://wnpr.org/post/coming-out-has-complicated-players-prospects-nfl-execs-say Michael Sam has been a star defensive end at the University of Missouri. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16752 at http://wnpr.org Coming Out Complicates Player's Prospects, NFL Execs Say U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends http://wnpr.org/post/us-speedskaters-get-little-help-their-friends Speedskating is the U.S.'s most successful winter Olympic Sport. In Sochi this year, great things are expected again.<p>The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.<p>Two-time gold medalist Shani Davis is looking to win a history-making third: He would be the first speedskater to win the same event in three different Olympics.<p>During the eight years since his first gold, Davis has brought so many kids into the sport, he's beginning to compete with them. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 16724 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold http://wnpr.org/post/us-sweeps-slopestyle-snowboarding-womens-gold Jamie Anderson's win in the slopestyle snowboarding competition has given the U.S. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 16720 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics http://wnpr.org/post/us-snowboard-wins-first-gold-sochi-olympics Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.<p>Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.<p>Canadian Max Parrot, who topped qualifying on Thursday, missed the podium. He washed out at the end of his first run and his second run wasn't quite crisp enough. Parrot finished fifth.<p>Kotsenburg needed to navigate the semifinals early Saturday but seemed to find his stride. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 13:51:56 +0000 Associated Press 16680 at http://wnpr.org U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against Baseball, Players Union http://wnpr.org/post/alex-rodriguez-drops-lawsuit-against-baseball-players-union Baseball super star Alex Rodriguez dropped a federal lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its players union that challenged a 162-game suspension.<p>The federal lawsuit was the Yankees third baseman's last chance at trying to overturn the unprecedented punishment handed down by the league over allegations that Rodriguez used performance-enhancing drugs and then tried to scuttle an investigation into his use of the drugs.<p><a href="https://twitter.com/MLB/status/431908134555090944/photo/1">In a statement</a>, Major League Baseball said it had been informed Rodriguez was ending all litigat Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 16676 at http://wnpr.org Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against Baseball, Players Union Ridgefield Supports Their Olympian With a Luge Screening http://wnpr.org/post/ridgefield-supports-their-olympian-luge-screening <p>The Olympic Games officially get underway on Friday in Sochi, Russia, with opening ceremonies airing Friday night. Three billion are expected to watch as teams from around the world gather in&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Fisht Stadium to celebrate the start of the games. </span> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Diane Orson & Skyler Magnoli & Jayne Ashley 16641 at http://wnpr.org Ridgefield Supports Their Olympian With a Luge Screening A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi http://wnpr.org/post/homemade-wooden-luge-track-launches-teen-sochi It's single-digit cold as Brett West steps into the snow in his backyard in Ridgefield, Conn., and points to a wooden monstrosity. It stands 32 feet high and looks kind of like a wooden roller coaster.<p>"The whole thing's made of wood — two-by-fours, four-by-fours and 3-quarter-inch plywood, all pressure-treated lumber, with a lot of screws."<p>The homemade track was the first training ground for his son, <a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/WE/Tucker-West">Tucker</a>, an 18-year-old who is the youngest member of the U.S. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:51:13 +0000 Craig LeMoult 16649 at http://wnpr.org A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other http://wnpr.org/post/team-event-figure-skating-rivals-cheer-each-other There's always a lot of drama in figure skating, and not necessarily on the ice. There's the judging and the personalities — think <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2014/01/16/263073794/complicating-the-tonya-and-nancy-narratives-20-years-later">Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding</a>.<p>But Thursday in Sochi, a new event debuted at the Winter Olympics: team figure skating. Now skaters compete not only individually and in pairs, but also as teams of skaters from each country. That means nearly twice the figure skating, which is great for ratings. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:23:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 16611 at http://wnpr.org In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other