Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Only three boxers made the first ever US Women's Olympic Boxing Team. Many tried. They gave up jobs, quit school, moved across the country to train with top coaches. Sue Jaye Johnson spent the year following their quest to make history. These are some of the photographs she took along the way.
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Friday, June 22, 2012
Although most of us are not going to win a medal in the 2012 London Olympics, we're all going to be watching as the U.S. competes against the world's greatest. In partnership with our friends at The World at WGBH in Boston, we asked our listeners for suggestions for songs to be added to an Olympic playlist.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
London has had plenty of reasons to celebrate lately. Last April was the Royal Wedding, and just a few weeks ago thousands commemorated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. But behind these posh events, and the billions of dollars in taxes they require, is a struggling citizenry that has been plagued by terrorism, and more recently, widespread rioting.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Forty years ago today, Congress passed Title IX. The landmark civil rights law barred gender discrimination in the country’s schools and colleges, but it is perhaps best known for its impact on female participation on women’s high school and college sports.
Friday, May 25, 2012
The Olympic Games are intended to be a celebration of athletics with politics set aside. But over the years, the Olympics have served as a political forum as much as they’ve served as an athletic arena. And this year, at least one person is calling on the London Games to continue in this tradition and go political: Mark Stephens calls for the 2012 Olympics to serve as a forum for the promotion of LGBT rights.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Organizers are starting to talk about something that's never happened before - a sellout for the Paralympic Games. With 100 days to go before the start of the Paralympics in London, the public has a chance to see more than 4,000 elite athletes when the last remaining tickets go on sale today. Eleven-time gold medalist Dame Tanni Grey Thompson has broken over 30 wheelchair world records in track and field. Now retired, she's looking forward to the Paralympics which she insists will leap over a high bar.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
By Marianne McCune : Reporter, WNYC News
Seventeen-year old U.S. sensation Claressa Shields lost Monday to UK middleweight Savannah Marshall at the Women’s World Championship in Qinhuangdao, China, but there is confusion at the tournament about whether Claressa might still advance to London.
Friday, May 11, 2012
A chance to box in the 2012 Olympic Games has brought more women than ever before to the seventh Women's World Boxing Championship in Qinhuangdao, China. The tournament's three Olympic weight classes are packed with competitors -- 77 countries have invested time and money in hopes that their female fighters can make it to the Games in London. But some of the most impressive women in Qinhuangdao are not fighting for a spot in London. That includes six members of Team USA, who lost the battle to fight in the Olympics at the US team trials in February. Now, plus or minus a few pounds, they are fighting in the World Championships to show they can't be stopped.
Friday, May 11, 2012
This month in Qinhuangdao, China, 343 female fighters from 77 countries will fight to make it to the Olympics. So, who goes to London? The math is complicated. And it’s different for fighters from different regions of the globe. Expert Christy Halbert explains.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
While our host John Hockenberry was in London last week, he met with Paul Deighton, Chief Executive Officer of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two discussed the planning that has gone into the Games, one of the largest events a city can host. Deighton said the project was one of a kind.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Boxer Claressa Shields, a 16-year old girl from Flint, Michigan, whose is set on getting to the 2012 Olympics, and her coach, Jason Crutchfield, and and former pro fighter Christy Halbert talk about the sport of boxing and the field of women boxers. They will be appearing at the Greene Space event, “Women Box: Fighting to Make History,” on February 10.