Bobby Fischer
Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky: Chess Match of Century

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Witnesses, friends of finalists Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky, along with industry experts comment on the 1972 World Chess Championship, the “Match of the Century.” Spassky of the USSR, the reigning World Chess Champion at the time, was up two when he granted Fischer’s request for the games to be … Continue reading

FIFA World Cup
David Beckham Visits Desmond Tutu During 2010 World Cup

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During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, soccer player David Beckham, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at the time, visited Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town to show his support for the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre. He said of the charity foundation, “As a father with three sons, I … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
Althea Gibson Reflects on Her Influential Tennis Career

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In this documentary narrated by Maya Angelou, tennis player Althea Gibson reflects on her successful career in the late 1950s and beyond. Gibson describes her experience at Wimbledon in 1957, during which she became the first black woman to win the tennis tournament. She reflects on the anxiety she felt while competing … Continue reading

Althea Gibson
How Althea Gibson Broke Boundaries for Black Athletes

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In this segment from “Althea Gibson: A Documentary,” Gibson is praised for becoming the first black woman to win the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Championship and Wimbledon in 1957. Fellow tennis players, such as Dr. Harold Freeman, discuss how Gibson’s triumphs were exceptional because tennis was previously offered exclusively to … Continue reading

Babe Ruth
The Great Bambino Calls His Shot

The Great Bambino Calls His Shot

Della Arnold Root, the daughter of Chicago Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, discusses the controversial ball that her father pitched to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series that Ruth allegedly predicted he would hit into the stands. According to Root’s daughter, the idea that Ruth had called his shot was … Continue reading

1992 U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team
The Original Ambassadors for the Game of Basketball

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ESPN remembers the 1992 United Sates Olympic basketball team, now known as the original “Dream Team.” Despite the drama encountered by the selection committee, the team went on to win the gold medal–beating their opponents by an average of 52 points per game. As participants in the first Olympic games that … Continue reading

Gabby Douglas
‘I Need to Make This Dream Become Real’

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Natalie Hawkins, the mother of American gymnast and gold medalist Gabby Douglas, talks about what it’s like to raise a talented athlete. Hawkins describes how hard it was to send her daughter over 3,000 miles away so that she could have adequate training for the Olympics. She also goes on … Continue reading

Nadia Comăneci
A Young Gymnast and Superstar

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A year after her famous accomplishment of becoming the first female gymnast to earn a perfect score in the Olympic games, a young Nadia Comăneci is interviewed. Having won three gold medals during the 1978 Summer Olympic games in Montreal at the age of 14, Comăneci is asked about her … Continue reading

Nadia Comăneci
A 14-Year-Old’s Perfect Score

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Nadia Comăneci, the first female gymnast to ever get a perfect score at the Olympics, is interviewed on how that experience affected her. Having achieved this feat at the age of 14 in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Comăneci comments on how she got involved and interested in gymnastics.

FIFA World Cup
[Blog] U.S. Soccer & 2014′s World Cup–Defeated But on the Rise

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Author: Heath Harckham When the whistle blew after a tense and exciting game between the United States and Belgium in the 2014 World Cup’s final round of 16, U.S. players collapsed on the field–exhausted and defeated–having given their all but coming up short. Yet despite failing to advance, there is … Continue reading