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14 Years After A Fall, Paralympian Carries Historic Gold Into Sochi

Alpine skier Alana Nichols is the first female American athlete to win gold medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Nichols, who also plays wheelchair basketball, has been paralyzed since 2000.
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The Future Of Amateurism In College Sports

As football players at Northwestern University attempt to form a union, we explore legal and ethical questions about money in college sports and the rights of student athletes.


A Star Tennis Coach And The End Of The All-Around Athlete

It's not just his long career that sets apart tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, just accepted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. It's how he transformed the way we raise our athletic children.

World Cup Woes Loom For One Brazilian City

World Cup soccer comes to the Brazilian city of Cuiaba in June. Authorities had planned to be done with a host of infrastructure projects by now, but it's clear that few of them will be ready in time.

From Afghanistan To Sochi, One Marine's Path To The Paralympics

Joshua Sweeney is a member of the U.S. sled hockey team at the Paralympic Games in Sochi. The former Marine joins Melissa Block to discuss his path to the arduous, often brutally physical sport.

Dunk Now, Pay Later: Elite College Players May Suffer In Middle Age

Division I athletes may be at the top of their game in college, but by their 40s they often have more health problems than people who never played sports, researchers say.

'Blade Runner' Trial Becomes Media Frenzy

Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is on trial in South Africa for the killing of his girlfriend. Parts of the trial will be televised live. The BBC's Nomsa Maseko talks about the latest in the case.

E-Sports Reach Pro-Athletic Status, Fandom — And Money

Gamers are attracting millions of fans to their live competitions and bringing in some serious prize money. E-sports teams can be bought for millions, and players are traded for thousands.

Worldwide Attention Expected For Track Star's Murder Trial

South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius goes on trial next week for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Guardian reporter David Smith about the upcoming court case.

Teen Pop Idol Attracts Extra Fans To UK Soccer Match

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson played for UK Soccer club Doncaster Rovers in a reserve game this week against Rotherham United. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with BBC's Andy Kershaw about the game.