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Author Archive for Kristen Doerer

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53C heat and melted shoes: is the 135-mile Badwater the world’s toughest race?

Welcome to the Badwater Ultramarathon: a 135-mile non-stop race over three mountain ranges in sweltering mid-summer desert heat with a vertical ascent of 13,000 feetAt 9.30pm on 23 July 2018, the second wave of runners lined up at Badwater Basin in Dea…

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Alysa Liu’s remarkable rise: is 13 too young to be an elite athlete?

The figure skater is barely into her teens and is already the US champion. But some believe the mental and physical strain of elite sport should waitAlysa Liu covered her face and cried as the results were announced at the US ladies figure skating cham…

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Hallucinations and $100,000: the poker player who shut himself in a pitch-black room for weeks

Rich Alati had a six-figure sum in his sights. As long as he could survive 30 days in the dark with no human contactThree – or was it four? – days after he shut himself in a pitch-black bathroom, Rich Alati started to hallucinate. He saw little white, …

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The NFL’s problem with violence against women: a story of profit and apathy

Nearly four years after Ray Rice was caught assaulting his partner on video, the league only provides lip service to violence against womenBefore Robert Mueller investigated Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election, he investi…

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‘I was told this was impossible’: the long fight to get women’s boxing on TV

A lack of broadcast coverage has left female fighters underexposed and underpaid. But the Olympics and talented athletes have changed the status quoWhen Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent met in the ring in New York City’s Madison Square Garden last mont…