In recent years, elite climbers have attracted millions of eyeballs on social media and in the case of Alex Honnold, Oscar recognition for their daredevil climbs. Jon Frankel investigates how the increased attention has caused extreme climbers to push the limits further.
Revenge of the Nerd
MLB pitcher, Trevor Bauer, wasn’t always the big man on campus. In an interview with Bernard Goldberg, he discusses how he still has to fight for acceptance despite making it to the pros.
On October 16, 2019, 27-year-old Patrick Day became the fourth boxer since July 2019 to die from injuries sustained in the ring. Jon Frankel interviews those closest to the boxer to see how they’re coping with the loss.
Soledad O'Brien explores the fast-growing and controversial sports media brand Barstool Sports, which has encountered criticism on its way to becoming a way of life for young (mostly male) sports fans.
Bryant Gumbel sits down with basketball Hall-of-Famer Don Nelson and finds that the three-time NBA Coach of the Year has traded the basketball court for a marijuana farm.
Mary Carillo tells the remarkable story of Colin Cook: a surfer who survived a shark attack and returned to the sport with a one-of-a-kind prosthetic.
Raced to Death Bernard Goldberg examines why thousands of horses die while racing in the United States every year.
The Norwegian Way Jon Frankel examines why Norway is producing incredible sporting results, and how it starts with their youth competition.
Love & Basketball
Andrea Kremer talks to WNBA superstar Elena Delle Donne about her relationship with her developmentally disabled sister, Lizzie, and why she turns down lucrative overseas contracts in the offseason to stay at home.
David Scott examines whether government officials in Michigan gave a sweetheart arena deal to the wealthy Ilitch family despite a multi-billion dollar bankruptcy.
Jon Frankel sits down with some of the most daring cameramen in extreme sports, who, using the same exceptional athleticism and bravery as the athletes they cover, take terrifying risks to capture the world’s deadliest sports.
Slurping For Glory
Bryant Gumbel travels to London to profile a competition between prestigious universities, and centuries-long rivals, Cambridge and Oxford: blind wine- tasting.
David Scott revisits his story on the AR-15, a weapon designed for war but now marketed as a sporting rifle.