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Cancel The World Series, Simone Biles’s First Pitch Just Won Everything | ELLE

Mere weeks after becoming the most decorated gymnast in all of history ever—male or female—Simone Biles was not content to lie low and revel in her success. Instead she stopped by Game 2 of the World Series in Houston on October 23 to throw out a groundbreaking first pitch. In the clip, Biles completes a back flip and a twist before ever even tossing the ball in Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick’s direction. The crowd loses their minds (as we all would) before the Olympic Gold medalist’s pitch seamlessly meets Marisnick’s glove. After catching the ball, the player signs it […]

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Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home | NPR

Eighty years ago this month, the United States competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, with 18 African-American athletes part of the U.S. squad. Track star Jesse Owens, one of the greatest Olympians of all time, won four gold medals. What the 17 other African-American Olympians did in Berlin, though, has largely been forgotten — and so too has their rough return home to racial segregation. “Determination! That’s what it takes,” one of the athletes, John Woodruff, said during a 1996 oral history interview for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. “A lot of fire in the stomach!” […]

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Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix just broke one of Usain Bolt’s world records | CNN

Lauren M. Johnson, CNN The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image NN – Not so fast, Usain Bolt — there’s a new World Championships record holder, and her name is Allyson Felix. USA Olympic sprinter Felix broke Bolt’s record Sunday after winning her 12th gold medal at the World Championships on the mixed-gender 4x400m relay team. She now holds the record for the most gold medals at the track and field World Championships. CLICK TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CNN

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Little Known Black History Fact: Mabel Fairbanks | Black America Web

The late Mabel Fairbanks might not have been afforded the opportunity to chase Olympic gold as an ice skater, but she is still rightfully recognized as a pioneer of the sport. Fairbanks is the first Black woman inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, and coached many of the sport’s brightest stars. Fairbanks was born November 14, 1915 in the Florida Everglades. Little is known about her young life but birth records state she was of Black and Seminole Indian descent. Some reports state she was orphaned and found homeless on a park bench in New York by […]

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The Forgotten All-Star Game That Helped Integrate Baseball | Deadspin

Stephanie Liscio, Deadspin The 1939 East-West All-Star Game in Chicago. Photo: Getty. Featured Image Cleveland celebrated its sixth time hosting MLB’s All-Star Game last week, it might have seemed an odd event to commemorate baseball’s integration. But when Jackie Robinson stepped onto the field in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform in April of 1947, becoming the first African-American to play in white organized baseball since the 19th century, it was the culmination of years of work by activists to integrate Major League Baseball. And one of the earliest battlegrounds for integration was a Negro Leagues all-star contest in Cleveland in 1942. […]

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