Episode 17: You're Not Exactly Mary Lou Retton
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Somehow, I managed to make an episode that's topical to the current sports landscape. I don't now how I did it myself.
While I'm mainly talking about the Olympics references and the Winter Games currently happening in Pyeongchang, South Korea, it also means I was able to address the awful and horrifying Larry Nassar case that has shaken USA Gymnastics, and really the entire sports world, to its foundations. The stories of the victims of this sick predator, who was left unchecked for decades and allowed to abuse hundreds of women, should be heard and processed fully so that this can never happen again. The best person to report on the story was Katie Strang at The Athletic, and her work on this is thorough, powerful and compassionate. I highly recommend reading it, as difficult as it may be.
After that, everything else in the episode seemed pretty minor, but it was fascinating to read about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which sounded like the coolest Games ever, the downright terrifying physics of the luge, and about Vinko Bogataj, aka the Agony of Defeat guy from ABC's Wide World of Sports. I'm glad he landed on his feet (eventually).
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Kathleen Freeman wikipedia entry
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Luge 101: Origins and Olympic History, NBC Olympics.com, April 4, 2017
Luge Wikipedia entry
Whatever happened to 'agony of defeat' ski jumper?, ESPN.com, by Thomas Neumann, August 15, 2016
ISSF Olympic skeet Wikipedia entry
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Kim Rhode Wikipedia entry
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Tokyo's 1964 Olympic flame went out four years ago, report says, Sky News vis Fox News (sorry), By Sharon Marris, October 16, 2017
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A Vault Without Fault, Sports Illustrated, by Bob Ottum, August 13, 1984
Rising To Great Heights, Sports Illustrated, by Frank Deford, December 24, 1984
After 1984 fame, Mary Lou Retton made Houston home, Houston Chronicle, by David Barron, August 16, 2016
A reckoning for Larry Nassar as his victims confront his abuse, The Athletic, by Katie Strang, January 17, 2018
Simone Biles: Larry Nassar's behavior 'unacceptable and disgusting', Houston Chronicle, by David Barron, January 15, 2018