Kavitha Davidson reports on the rise of COVID-related anxiety, depression and suicide among youth athletes.
Andrea Kremer talks with Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, who's using his event planning skills to organize major vaccine sites in Massachusetts.
The Impossible Race
Mary Carillo profiles The Barkley Marathons, where runners have 60 hours to complete a course that is 100 miles long. It's the most sadistic race on the planet, which is why only a handful have ever completed it.
Jon Frankel updates his 2012 story on backcountry skiing, a sport that's seen record growth amid the pandemic and contributed to making this ski season one of the deadliest in terms of avalanches.
Over the last four NFL offseasons, only three Black coaching candidates have filled 27 head-coaching vacancies. Bryant Gumbel explores the hiring practices of teams across the league.
The Iceman Cometh
After his wife passed, Wim Hof found an unconventional outlet for his grief: He pioneered a cold-water immersion technique that he says has enabled him to take on extreme sports in freezing temeperatures. Correspondent Jon Frankel meets with Hof to witness his abilities firsthand.
Despite the shutdown of almost all group gatherings amid the pandemic, many youth travel team sports continue to play on. Correspondent David Scott examines whether practices, games, and travel-related activities associated with youth sports have contributed to the spread of the virus.
All the Right Moves
Correspondent Soledad O’Brien revisits with chess revolutionary Rex Sinquefield, who grew from an orphan boy into a billionaire and built a chess empire in his hometown of St. Louis.
Running prodigy Mary Cain and others come forward to detail Nike’s controversial Oregon Project.
Black & Blue
Real Sports sits down with Charles Adams, head coach of the powerhouse Minneapolis North High School football team and 20-year veteran of the police department, who was called to duty during the social unrest following the death of George Floyd.
The Long Haul
Real Sports checks in with athletes ailing from COVID’s harsh symptoms months after contracting the virus as they wonder if they’ll ever be able to compete again.
Universities across the country are largely shut down with the exception of one group: college athletes. David Scott examines the health and safety measures being instituted by the NCAA and universities as they look to resume college football in the fall.
Jon Frankel profiles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell who founded LA’s Skid Row Running Club to help individuals with drug and alcohol abuse – which has proven to be a lifeline for many, especially during the pandemic.
Host Bryant Gumbel is joined by football reporter Peter King (NBC Sports), basketball reporter David Aldridge (The Athletic), and baseball reporter Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated, MLB Network) for a candid discussion about the state of the respective sports they cover.
Real Sports reflects on a story first aired in June 2016 featuring kids labeled “mental athletes” and how they've turned brain games like Spelling Bees, Scrabble, and memory challenges into competitive sports complete with raucous crowds and television coverage.