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  1. espnW -- Friends of late Wilma Rudolph recall athletic talent, en...

    Andrew Linnehan

    African-American sprinter Wilma Rudolph's talent made her a sports legend when she won three gold medals at the 1960 Olympics. Friends recall how her character made her an American icon.

    Story | Conversation | February 27, 2014
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  3. espnW -- Celebrating Black History Month by saluting pioneers at ...

    Black athletes are expected to land in the Sochi spotlight like never before at a Winter Olympics. In celebration of Black History Month, we salute some of the African-American pioneers who paved the way for a more diverse Winter Games.

    Photo Gallery | Conversation | February 07, 2014
  4. Nikki Franke is a true fencing legend

    Donald Hunt

    Fencing has been a big part of Nikki Franke's life for more than 40 years. As a person who has competed at the highest level and transformed Temple University into a fencing powerhouse, Franke is a true legend and inspiration in the sport.

    Story | Conversation | February 25, 2011
  5. South Carolina Gamecocks' Dawn Staley among growing number of Afr...

    Mechelle Voepel

    For many years, there were only two prominent women of color coaching major women's hoops programs. Now a growing number of African-American women, including Dawn Staley, are college head coaches.

    Story | Conversation | February 18, 2010
  6. Mixed martial arts has its own race issues to address

    Tomas Rios

    As a relatively new phenomenon, mixed martial arts has been spared the worst of this country's racial strife. But it still faces many of the problems of perception and intolerance that have troubled other sports.

    Story | Conversation | February 12, 2010
  7. Olympian Tommie Smith

    In 2008, Smith gave Usain Bolt one of his shoes from the '68 Olympics. Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, former Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith stops by to chat as part of's tribute to Black History Month. At the 1968 Summer Olympics...

    Chat | February 12, 2010
  8. Olympian Randy Jones

    Jones is currently a part of the United States Olympic Committee. Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, former Olympian Randy Jones stops by to chat as part of's tribute to Black History Month. Jones made his Olympic debut in 1994 in...

    Chat | February 12, 2010
  9. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones now a role model for young swi...

    Elizabeth Merrill

    Cullen Jones was 5 when he headed down a water ride at an amusement park and nearly drowned. Today, using his stature as an Olympic gold medalist, he's encouraging other African-American kids to learn to swim.

    Story | Conversation | February 16, 2009
  10. Amateur boxing experiences a resurgence in New York City

    Tim Smith

    Tim Smith explores the resurgence of boxing gyms in New York City and what they mean to the community.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2008
  11. Catching up with Dominique Dawes

    Mary Buckheit

    In 1996, Dominique Dawes became the first African-American to win an Olympic gymnastics individual event medal. Today, she uses her story to help inspire others.

    Story | Conversation | February 22, 2008
  12. All around, gymnast Abdullah-Simmons raises the bar

    Jay Weiner

    Some said it couldn't be done; but like the pioneers who came before him, gymnast Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons didn't listen on his way to becoming the first African-American to win the NCAA men's all-around title, writes Jay Weiner.

    Story | Conversation | February 04, 2008
  13. Woodruff's forgotten run to Olympic glory

    George J. Tanber

    Jesse Owens wasn't the only African-American hero at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Half-miler John Woodruff came back with a gold medal, too.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2007
  14. Twelve months of black history

    Alan Grant

    February's not enough for Alan Grant -- he looks forward and sees a full year of black history, from Shani Davis to Tony Dungy.

    Story | Conversation | February 20, 2006
  15. Celebrating a breakthrough in bobsled

    Lizzie Haldane

    On this date in 2002, the inaugural women's bobsled Olympic title was decided over two runs in Salt Lake City. Vonetta Flowers, who took gold with partner Jill Bakken, became the first black champion in the 78-year history of the Winter Games. Ironic...

    Blog | February 19, 2013
  16. The history of black athletes in America transcends their exploit...

    Scoop Jackson

    A writer reflects on the greats of the games -- Dr. J, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and others -- and the roles they played during the journey into the American mainstream for blacks.

    Story | Conversation | February 24, 2010
  17. Usain Bolt's 200 race upstages winners of Golden League, includin...

    Under black clouds on a damp day, Usain Bolt was brilliant as ever. Once again, it was as if he were racing alone.

    Story | Conversation | September 04, 2009