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No Ceilings, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Manuel, Swimming, USA Swimming -

“Hey, Mom, where are all the people who look like me?” I was 12 years old, and for the first time in my young life, I had begun to realize I was different. I advanced quickly as a swimmer, so I was placed in training groups with kids much older than me. The more I […]

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No Ceilings, Rio Olympics 2016, Tori Bowie, Track And Field -

Oh, my gosh, this is hard. Being a black female athlete has been an amazing experience for me. I hope, 50 years down the line, you understand that the only boundaries we have are the ones we set ourselves. I hope that you continue to fight to be a leader. That’s something that my dad […]

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Daryl Homer, Fencing, Olympics, Photo Act, Rio Olympics 2016 -

“En garde” echoes throughout the room while a group of children from around New York City gather to take in a sport that many of us only get to see once every four years: fencing. Two competitors are sparring in the center. They are going back and forth with lunges and attacks, parries and disengages. […]

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Barbie, Get Lifted, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Mattel, Rio Olympics 2016, Team USA -

Barbie has long been a name synonymous with the ideal standard of beauty for many girls growing up in the U.S. Introduced nearly 60 years ago, the doll has been problematic for exactly that same reason for almost as long: facing criticism of being hypersexual, promoting unrealistic body expectations and sorely lacking in diversity. Perhaps […]

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BMX, Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx Heritage Month, Mariana Pajón, Rio Olympics 2016 -

Mariana Pajón lifted her BMX bike above her head and broke out a huge smile after gliding to an easy gold-medal finish at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. While the remainder of the field quickly showed it wasn’t in the same league as the “Queen of the BMX,” Pajón gracefully made her way […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinx Heritage Month, Monica Puig, Puerto Rico, Rio Olympics 2016, Women's Tennis, Women's Tennis Association -

Monica Puig, who upset three Grand Slam winners en route to Puerto Rico’s first Olympic gold medal, was born on Sept. 27, 1993. Puig announced herself to the world at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She went into the games unseeded but made quick work of Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in the first round […]

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IAAF World Championships, Justin Gatlin, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

LONDON — Justin Gatlin knew he had conquered the king as soon as he crossed the finish line. He waited for confirmation from the giant scoreboard, waited for validation from the fans and recognition by the rulers of his sport. When the numbers appeared next to his name, proving he had finally defeated Usain Bolt, […]

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Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

An ESPN The Magazine collaboration. Seventeen stories above Manhattan, on a terrace flooded with champagne and beautiful people, Usain Bolt has nowhere to run. Hosting a Kentucky Derby party for one of his 16 corporate sponsors, Bolt had retreated to a quiet nook for a moment of respite with his best friend and manager, Nugent […]

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Carmelo Anthony, Rio Olympics 2016, The Clubhouse -

The title of captain on Team USA’s basketball team comes with some complicated connotations in today’s America. For Carmelo Anthony, the 2016 Olympics started as an opportunity to get back to winning and cement his legacy as one of the greatest Olympians of all time. But after troubling events involving police violence against young black […]

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Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, NBA, NFL, Rio Olympics 2016, Tennis -

Filled with wins, losses, births, deaths and all kinds of surprises, 2016 is on its way out. It was a year in which we lost some music icons, including Prince and George Michael, boxing great Muhammad Ali, actors, comedians and more. A year when major social issues such as more killings of African-Americans by police […]

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2016 Wimbledon, Black Girl Magic, Cari Champion, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Rio Olympics 2016 -

From the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to the WNBA to Wimbledon, espnW’s Cari Champion explains how black female athletes exemplified grace, athleticism and “Black Girl Magic” in 2016. The term “Black Girl Magic” went from a trending social media phrase to a flat-out movement over the past year. The term is used to […]

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Ashleigh Johnson, Rio Olympics 2016 -

To hear her tell it, Ashleigh Johnson — the newly-minted Olympic gold medalist in women’s water polo — isn’t really into sports. None besides her own, that is. No biking, no hooping or skiing, which she’s never even tried. Hiking is definitely off the “to-do” list after she got caught in a snowstorm with her […]

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Daily Uplift, Nellie Biles, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Biles, USA Gymnastics -

U.S. gymnastics superstar Simone Biles may have five Olympic medals swinging from her neck, but it’s her mother, Nellie Biles, who feels like the ultimate champion. “Simone’s road to Rio was such an amazing journey for our whole family. I’m just so thankful,” Nellie Biles said. You see, Simone Biles’ accomplishments are rooted in her […]

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Gymnastics, Laurie Hernandez, Rio Olympics 2016, USA Gymnastics -

We all came to know Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez and her infectious smile at this year’s Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was a member of the “Final Five” for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. After her Olympic success — and before she hugged Beyoncé at the MTV Video Music Awards — I […]

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Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Manuel, Stanford University, Team USA -

While there is no draft in swimming, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Simone Manuel has decided to go back to school at Stanford University instead of going pro in swimming, passing up endorsements in the process. She explained why on Mike & Mike. While Manuel said she is making the best decision for her life right […]

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Brianna Rollins, Colin Kaepernick, Kristi Castlin, NFL, Nia Ali, Rio Olympics 2016, San Francisco 49ers, Track And Field -

The best picture from the Rio de Janeiro Games – the shot of Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin celebrating their historic sweep of the 100-meter hurdles with a synchronized triumphant leap while stretching American flags behind them – takes on an even deeper meaning post-Kaepernick. It serves as a rebuttal, not directly to […]

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All Day, Bradley Beal, Daily Dose, Donald Trump, John Wall, Kobe Bryant, NFL, Reggie Miller, Rio Olympics 2016, Washington Wizards -

What happens when “Kobe Bryant Day” falls on Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller’s 51st birthday? We go to YouTube and watch footage from the time Bryant and Miller fought on the court in 2002. Don’t worry, they’re cool now. Happy Kobe and Reggie day, y’all! Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen releases statement about Rio incident. Feigen […]

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All Day, Carmelo Anthony, Ciara, Daily Dose, Frank Ocean, Rio Olympics 2016, Russell Wilson -

In 2015, I graduated undergrad from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Today marks the first day of classes at UNC, meaning it’s the first day of college for the class of 2020. I’m officially old as hell. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s fall from grace continues. During the 2016 Summer Games, Lochte and […]

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Commentary, Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Manuel, Swimming, Team USA -

Dear Fellow White People: The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games have brought to my attention that some of us still don’t quite grasp what white privilege is. Or, even if we do feel like we get the concept, it’s still difficult to fully comprehend the way that privilege has set up a double standard that […]

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Carmelo Anthony, Claressa Shields, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Biles, Team USA -

The Olympic flame was extinguished and the party within the stadium began full-on as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro came to an end. Yet as athletes were celebrating, one U.S. Olympian put another history-making stat in the book. Four-time world champion Simone Biles became the first female gymnast and black woman to […]

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Francena McCorory, Jeff Henderson, Rio Olympics 2016 -

Jeff Henderson fulfilled the ultimate Olympic dream when he won the gold medal in the long jump Aug. 13 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. Yet he did much, much more. Leaping 8.38 meters (27 feet, 6 inches) on his final jump to snatch gold by one centimeter, Henderson, 27, delivered on his promise […]

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Commentary, Rio Olympics 2016, Team USA -

Much of this life is a Rorschach test. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is just another inkblot. For some, the 12-time Olympic medalist and his teammates epitomize the height of white privilege, while for others this whole mess is just a couple of kids getting a bit too drunk and bit too rambunctious one night in […]

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All Day, Daily Dose, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Locker Room Lawyer, Prince, Rio Olympics 2016 -

Welp, we’re all done with the Olympics, kiddos. But not before we got in one more episode of Locker Room Lawyer — Rio version, specifically about swimmer Ryan Lochte, who is a liar. Check it out here. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has gotten his week off to a blistering start. My man kicked down […]

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Allyson Felix, Ashton Eaton, Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Manuel, Team USA, USA Gymnastics, Usain Bolt -

The Rio de Janeiro Games are over, but their stories linger, from world-beating triumphs to soul-crushing defeats. Olympics are different from other competitions – for their gathering of nations and their stated goal of “promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” There’s also the opportunity to excel, to test human limits, […]

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio Olympics 2016 -

The bar is easy to miss. It is compact and narrow and it sits on a crooked favela street with no sidewalks and many worn storefronts. It appears to be tucked inside the hillside. Its exterior is made of grungy white cinderblock. Painted on a wall is a green and blue Brazilian flag. A humble […]

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Rio Olympics 2016, Simone Biles, USA Gymnastics -

Simone Biles won five Olympic medals in her first Olympic Games and may very well already be the best Olympic gymnast ever. With four golds and one bronze, wearing all five medals at once has to strain her neck, right? Plus how is it possible to make sure each medal shines so brightly? Well, Biles […]

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Allyson Felix, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field, Usain Bolt -

After a year full of injury and heartbreak, Allyson Felix ended her fourth Olympics like the most decorated woman in U.S. track and field history should: arms raised in triumph, crossing the finish line in first place. Felix anchored the women’s 4×400-meter relay to a gold medal Saturday, rebuffing a challenge from Jamaica down the […]

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Asuka Cambridge, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field -

Not only did Japan win silver in the 4-x-100-meter relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games, but a brother from Jamaica ran the anchor leg. Asuka Cambridge, whose first name means “flying bird,” is the son of a Jamaican father and Japanese mother. Born in Jamaica, he moved to Japan at age 2. On Friday […]

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Fencing, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Rio Olympics 2016, Track And Field -

In this season of controversy over the place of Islam in America, two women named Muhammad won Olympic medals for the United States. Last week, Ibtihaj Muhammad, famous for being the first U.S. Olympian to compete in a hijab hair covering, won bronze in the team saber fencing competition. On Thursday night, Dalilah Muhammad took […]

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All Day, Locker Room Lawyer, Rio Olympics 2016, Swimming -

In Friday’s edition of Locker Room Lawyer, Clinton Yates and Domonique Foxworth take the case of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte to The Undefeated courtroom. Last Sunday, Lochte was involved in a late-night incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station with fellow Olympic swimmers Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger. The swimmers deemed it […]

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Locker Room Lawyer, Rio Olympics 2016, Swimming -

Clinton Yates and Domonique Foxworth take the case of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte to The Undefeated courtroom.

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