Episode 36: Olympic Diversity, Sports *are* Political, re: North Korea, and Boxer Claressa Shields

We’re back! Happy new year! This week, Shireen Ahmed, Amira Rose Davis, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther talk about (the lack of) diversity in the Winter Olympics and athletes of color headed to Pyeongchang next month. Then they discuss how recent actions by North and South Korea around the Olympics reveal the lie that sports (and the Olympics, in particular) aren’t political.

Then Shireen interviews boxer and double gold medalist Claressa Shields about Shields’ upcoming fight, her activism around the water crisis in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, and, of course, karaoke.

As always, you’ll hear the Burn Pile, Bad Ass Woman of the Week, and what’s good in our worlds.

As mentioned by Amira at the top of the show, Samierra Jones’ GoFundMe to raise money to help purchase space heaters and outerwear for Baltimore students attending school with inadequate heat: https://www.gofundme.com/we-need-heat-in-our-public-schools

Transcript coming soon. For timestamps and links…


Intro (5:46) Diversity in the Olympics (18:50) Sports and politics, re: the Olympics (29:30) Shireen interviews Claressa Shields (37:59) Burn Pile (48:15) Bad Ass Woman of the Week (50:12) What’s Good (54:15) Outro


“Maame Biney is first black woman to make Olympic speedskating team” https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2017/12/16/biney-is-1st-black-woman-to-make-olympic-speedskating-team/108664474/

“Erin Jackson becomes first African-American woman on U.S. Olympic speed skating team” http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/erin-jackson-becomes-first-african-american-woman-us-olympic-speed-skating-team

“Shani Davis qualifies for fifth straight Winter Olympics” https://theundefeated.com/whhw/shani-davis-qualifies-for-fifth-straight-winter-olympics/

Starr Jackson’s long program (scroll down to find her video): http://www.rockerskating.com/news/2018/1/5/2018-us-championships-play-by-playresults-ladies-free-skate

“Olympic dream in sight for an energetic Adam Rippon” http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-us-figure-skating-elliott-20180104-story.html

“Team USA hockey player will break 98-year-old color barrier at the PyeongChang Olympics” https://thinkprogress.org/jordan-greenway-becomes-the-first-black-hockey-player-named-to-a-team-usa-olympic-roster-662d60ae9922/

“North Korea accepts Olympics talks offer, says South” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42574870

“U.S. Skating Officials Brush Aside Talk of Boycotting Olympics” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/sports/olympics/north-korea-olympics.html

“Raiders’ pursuit of Gruden exposes fatal flaw in Rooney Rule” https://247sports.com/nfl/oakland-raiders/Bolt/Oakland-Raiders-expose-fatal-flaw-in-NFLs-Rooney-Rule-through-pursuit-of-Jon-Gruden-113179871

“Former Assistant Says Rich Rodriguez Grabbed His Penis In Front Of Her, Was Nicknamed “The Predator”” https://deadspin.com/former-assistant-says-rich-rodriguez-grabbed-his-penis-1821744625

“Ronaldinho and the Right-Winger” https://jacobinmag.com/2018/01/ronaldinho-jair-bolsonaro-brazil-lula

“The Woman Who Is Pushing for Gender Equality in the Guiding World” https://www.powder.com/stories/powder-profile/ski-mountaineer-sheldon-kerr-confronts-gender-bias-guiding-world/

“Meet Sarah Kustok, the NBA’s First Solo Female Analyst” http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2749476-meet-sarah-kustok-the-nbas-1st-full-time-female-color-commentator

“Shakyla Hill gets first quadruple-double in women’s D-I hoops in almost 25 years” https://theundefeated.com/whhw/shakyla-hill-gets-first-quadruple-double-in-womens-d-i-hoops-in-almost-25-years/

Transcript coming soon.

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