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Great Winter Olympics Moments
Franz Klammer Hurtles Toward Downhill Gold in Innsbruck, 1976
Despite nearly wiping out several times, the Austrian skier Franz Klammer won the gold with the fastest time ever in an Olympic downhill race.
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Great Winter Olympics Moments
Great Winter Olympics Moments(11 Photos)
When the temperature drops, the competition still heats up. The first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France, in 1924. Over the years, the event has produced many dramatic and unforgettable moments.
Black Women Athletes
Black Women Athletes(16 Photos)
View images of famous female African American athletes.
Stars of the All-Star Game
Stars of the All-Star Game(8 Photos)
Since the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1933, standout players have been handpicked to participate in the annual event.
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The Rumble in the Jungle, 1974
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Travel back in time to 1974 and listen to Muhammad Ali talk about his upcoming "Rumble in the Jungle" bout with George Foreman.
History Uncut: Tonya Harding 1994
History Uncut: Tonya Harding 1994Video Clip (2:49)
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This video clip from "History Uncut" provides a glimpse into Tonya Harding's Olympic press conference, held in Lillehammer, Norway during the 1994 Winter Games.
Babe Ruth Signs Contract
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See historic footage of baseball slugger Babe Ruth in this video clip from 'Rewind: Breaking News'.
Evel Knievel's Montana Roots
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Evel Knievel turned from a life of crime into a sensation as a motorcycle riding daredevil. Watch this Evel Knievel biography video which shows how he got his start by making a bet that he could jump over a car on his motorcycle.
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In a What Were They Thinking video, go back to the year 1936 and watch as a group of blindfolded wrestlers go at it in the ring. Even the poor referee gets a piece of the event as he is attacked by the sightless wrestlers who think he is one of them!
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In a What Were They Thinking video, watch as a man who has run out of wrestling partners decides to wrestle with an elephant. The pair is "evenly" matched: the man weighs in at 280 pounds while the elephant weighs in at 4 tons.
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The first African-American to play major league baseball, Jackie Robinson describes his experience in the first few games of the 1947 season, when he was subjected to vicious epithets from other teams and spectators.
Riggs on Battle of the Sexes
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After challenging Billie Jean King to a "battle of the sexes" match, former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs brags about the supposed superiority of the male athlete. On September 20, 1973, King humbled Riggs by winning three straight sets.
Manager Durocher Quits New York Giants
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Leo Durocher, who left the Giants at the end of the 1955 season to become a baseball commentator on television, talks about the creation of a championship-caliber baseball team.
Lou Gehrig Bids Farewell to Baseball
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The self-described "luckiest man on the face of the earth" says goodbye to baseball and fans on July 4, 1939, after being diagnosed with ALS.
Magic Johnson's HIV Announcement
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On November 8, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced in a press conference that he had tested positive for HIV and would be retiring from basketball immediately. A news report covers the story, including a host of reactions from the shocked public.
O.J. Simpson Verdict Announced
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U.S. Pulls Off "Miracle on Ice"
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A report from the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, recaps the astonishing victory of the U.S. men's hockey team over the more experienced Soviets.
Mark Spitz at 1972 Munich Olympics
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Midway through the competition, American swimmer Mark Spitz is featured in a profile and comments on his game plan for the remainder of the races. Spitz went on to give a perfect performance, winning seven gold medals and setting seven world records in seven events.
Ping-Pong Diplomacy in China
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In April 1971, China unexpectedly invited the American ping-pong team to compete in Beijing. The invitation to the Americans, the first since the communist takeover in 1949, signaled the possibility of improved U.S.-China relations. NBC News reports on the outcome of the match and the upcoming travels in China awaiting the American athletes.
Althea Gibson Wins U.S. Tennis Championship
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Live coverage at Wimbledon in 1957 captures Althea Gibson's victory. Gibson was the first African-American woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals.
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