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Gone Like the Wind

After one of the most decisive wins in Kentucky Derby history, Barbaro broke his leg at the Preakness, ending a promising career and beginning a herculean effort to save his life.

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Federer as Religious Experience

On the joys of watching the winningest tennis player of all time play live at Wimbledon.

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Life's Swell

On surfer girls in Maui; the story that led to the film Blue Crush.

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Merv Curls Lead

Wealthy businessman Merv Bodnarchuk put together a curling Dream Team. Then he put himself in the lineup.

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To Boston With Love

Tracing the Boston Marathon route via the people who live and work along its course.

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When Thugs and Hustlers Ruled Dark Alleys

The gamblers and teenage cons who haunted New York City’s 60s-era all night bowling alleys.

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Clear Eyes, Full Plates, Can't Puke

Behind the scenes of the lovely, strange world of competitive eating.

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Blind Ambition

Captain Iván Castro, who lost his vision in Iraq, runs the Boston Marathon.

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Ultimate Glory

A youth wasted on pro-level Ultimate Frisbee.

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The Blind Faith of the One-Eyed Matador

A bullfighter’s comeback after a brutal goring.

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Take a Number

Why people keep dying on Mount Everest.

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Paddled

An American enrolls in a Beijing ping-pong school. A series of humiliations ensue.

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Eddie Is Gone

On surf legend Eddie Aikau and the complicated history of Hawaii.

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Marathon Man

The strange case of Kip Litton, road race fraud.

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Your Words Against Mine

Life as an elite Scrabble player at the “first-ever four-day, 54-player, 24-match $100,000 Scrabble Superstars Showdown.”

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As Long As They Both Shall Live

Professional daredevils in love.

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Letter From Munich

On the scene of the darkest games in Olympics history.

Part of our Olympics primer, on the Longform blog.
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The Olympic Games

An Englishman’s account of the first modern Olympic games.

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The Search For Nadia

Three years after her gold-medal performance – and amidst rumors of a fall from grace – the author travels to Transylvania to track down gymnast Nadia Comaneci. He also enjoys several drinks with her coach, Bela Karolyi.

Part of our Olympics primer, on the Longform blog.
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The Strongest Man in the World

A profile of 6’8”, 430-pound Brian Shaw.

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Playing Doc's Games

Surfing San Francisco with a true believer.

Part of our collection of stories on surfing for Slate.
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‘It Hasn’t Been a Disaster’

An interview with Pavement’s Bob Nastanovich on his career afterlife as a “a clocker and chart-caller” and occasional breeder at an Iowa race horse track.

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One One-Hundredth of a Second Faster

“Over the past century, coaches have used intuition and discipline to vastly improve athletic performance. Now scientists are taking the last step, helping athletes approach perfection.”

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The Truth Is Out There

On conspiracy theories in sports, from the ‘85 NBA draft lottery to Michael Phelps’ gold medal performance in the 100-meter butterfly.

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Into the Wild

A Kenyan runner loses himself in Alaska.

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Ultimate Fighting vs. Math: No Holds Barred

What happens when Moneyball-style statistical analysis is applied to mixed martial arts.

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New Tiger, Old Stripes

How the golfer hasn’t changed, post-scandal.

Try as his publicity squad might, it's tough to maintain—or now restore—the Tiger Image when former insiders sprout secret-sharing campaigns. "It's always a divorce," David Feherty, longtime commentator and golf-gab-show host, told me recently. "Tiger expects the curtains to remain drawn, and when somebody opens them, it pisses him off. He has appeared superhuman for so long, and it's like he feels the need to perpetuate that myth."

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Resurrecting The Champ

A newspaper writer’s attempt to solve the mystery of a homeless man who claims to be a once-famous boxer.

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Man in Full

On Mike Powell, a Chicago-area high school wrestling coach who hasn’t allowed a life-threatening illness to interrupt his life’s work.

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Open Your Mouth and You're Dead

A report from the freediving word championships.

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Muscle Beach and the Dawn of Huge

On a young Arnold Schwarzenegger and the body-building culture of Venice Beach in the 1970s.

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The Corner Man

On the late Angelo Dundee, who trained Muhammad Ali.

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Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

The story of Attila Ambrus, who was released from jail this morning in Hungary. Nicknamed the Whiskey Robber because witnesses always spotted him having a double across the street prior to his heists, Ambrus only stole from state-owned banks and post offices, becoming a Hungarian folk hero during his seven years on the lam. While on his spree he was also the goaltender for Budapest's best-known hockey team and was arguably the worst pro goalie ever to play the sport, once giving up 23 goals in a single game. Excerpted from Ballad of the Whiskey Robber: A True Story of Bank Heists, Ice Hockey, Transylvanian Pelt Smuggling, Moonlighting Detectives, and Broken Hearts.
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Gareth Thomas...The Only Openly Gay Male Athlete

How a rugby legend came out and made history.

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The Kiss

The Vancouver riots and an unforgettable image.

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Some Assembly Required

On the recovery of snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a massive brain injury five days before the 2010 Olympics.

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road

On the arrival of Formula 1 in India.

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$5 Chess Game, Best-of-Three, Zuccotti Park

On playing chess and waiting to get arrested.

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You Better Believe It

Live from Kingston for Frazier vs. Foreman.

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The Perfect Stride

On champ-turned-coach Alberto Salazar and the New York City Marathon.

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Evel Never Dies

A portrait of an ailing Evel Knievel.

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The Fierce Intimacy of Tennis Rivalries

When the greatest players in the world go head-to-head, things can get downright angsty.

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Malibu's Lost Boys

The underground culture of big waves and wild times in 1961 Malibu, and the gang of teenage boys who worshiped at the feet of the beach’s dark prince, surfing legend and grifter Miki Dora.

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The String Theory

A footnoted inquiry into the physics and metaphysics of tennis.

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Run Like Fire Once More

On the world’s longest foot race, which takes place entirely within Queens, N.Y.:

Such were the hazards last summer in Jamaica, Queens, at the tenth running of the Self-Transcendence 3,100. The fifteen participants—all but two of them disciples of the Bengali Guru Sri Chinmoy, who has resided in the neighborhood for forty years—hailed from ten countries on three continents. They ran in all weather, seven days a week, from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, or until their bodies compelled them to rest. If they logged fewer than fifty miles on a given day, they risked disqualification. By their own reckoning, the runners climbed eight meters per lap, mounting and descending a spectral Everest every week and a half. They toiled in this fashion for six to eight weeks, however long it took them to complete 5,649 circuits—3,100 miles—around a single city block.

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Climbers

On Rwanda’s cycling team.

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The End of the Rodeo for the World's Greatest Cowboy

A profile of Florida legend—and pardoned killer—Charlie Driver.

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Six Brothers

Kevin is the only surviving Von Erich brother, born into a wrestling family that lived and died by the code of the ring.

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The Immortal Horizon

The story of the 100 mile Barkley Marathons.

What makes it so bad? No trail, for one. A cumulative elevation gain that’s nearly twice the height of Everest.

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Atomic: How Manny Pacquiao Got To Congress

Manny Pacquiao, possibly the greatest boxer of his era and still in his fighting prime, on the campaign trail for a congressional seat in the remote, untamed Southern province of the Phillipines that spawned him.

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When a diver goes missing, a deep cave is scene of a deeper mystery

You’re not supposed to just vanish at Vortex Spring. Dive too deep and you might not make it back to the surface, but a search party will eventually find your body. Nobody has found Ben McDaniel yet.

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Free Fallin'

How skateboard legend Mark “Gator” Anthony was born again, first as a street preacher, and then as a rapist and murderer.

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All He Wanted: Chris Kanyon's Doomed Quest To Be Wrestling's First Openly Gay Star

Chris Klucsarits, aka Chris Kanyon aka Mortis,was a ’90s name in wrestling whose comeback had dual aims; for him to gain a spot on WWE’s roster, and to become wrestling’s first out star. It would end in suicide.

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The Wheels of Life

Over the past 33 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed, pulled and carried his disabled son, Rick, through more than 1,000 road races and triathlons, including 28 Boston Marathons. But as time bears down on them, how much longer can they keep it up?

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Grandmasters in Guayaberas

How a commuter college in Miami became a chess powerhouse.

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The Confidence Man

How Lalit Modi built a billion-dollar cricket empire—only to be exiled from his sport and homeland.

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The Suburbanization of Mike Tyson

The life that he has created almost from scratch over the last two years has been defined at least as much by what Tyson wants to avoid — old haunts, old habits, old temptations and old hangers-on — as by what he wants to embrace.
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La Matadora Revisa Su Maquillaje (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup)

A profile of a 25-year-old Spanish sensation.

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They Grow Up So Fast

Inside the world of 10-and-under competitive cheerleading.

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"I'm Glad I Went to Prison"

The bizarre tale–and unlikely turnaround–of an NHL player who tried to have his youth coach murdered.

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The Bobby Fischer Defense

“If genius is hard to define, madness is even more so.” One chess champion’s take on the tortured life of another.

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As Seen on YouTube (and Pretty Much Only on YouTube)

A profile of Vova Galchenko, teenage juggling virtuoso and early viral star.

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Confessions of a Former Adolescent Puck Tease

A remembrance of relationships formed when the author, at 13 and using a false identity, frequented hockey chat rooms.

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The Wave-Maker

In 1998, at age 45, Ken Bradshaw surfed the tallest wave in recorded history.

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Supersize Me

A 134-pound magazine writer takes his chances at the U.S. Open sumo championships.

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Shadow Boxing

Searching for Jimmy Robinson, a boxer who fought Muhammad Ali in 1961, then disappeared.

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The Mystery of Erica Blasberg

On the suicide of a promising professional golfer.

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Teen Mathletes Do Battle at Algorithm Olympics

Inside the world of competitive coding.

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The Justin Bieber of Bullfighting

Michelito Lagrevere is a 12-year-old Mexican matador sensation.

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Last Drop

Nobody knows the full story of why legendary surfer Andy Irons died in a Dallas hotel room earlier this month. But some who knew him have come forward to discuss the demons he’d battled for years.

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Smash

The comeback of Marty Reisman, the most flamboyant figure in the history of table tennis, and the self-proclaimed greatest hardbat player ever.

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Let Us Now Raze Famous Men

Notes from the Friars Club roast of Don King.

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Raised By Women to Conquer Men

A profile of Jimmy Connors on the eve of the 1978 U.S. Open. Connors’ legendary confidence, honed by his mother since childhood, was in freefall. (He would go on to win the final in straight sets.)

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About a Boy

The life and death of Johnny Romano, the youngest pro skateboarder ever.

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The King of the Ferret Leggers

In the British sport of “ferret legging,” underwear-less competitors tie their trousers at the ankles, stuff a pair of the carnivores down there, and hold on for as long as possible. Reg Mellor is the world’s best.

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The Men Who Live Forever

In Mexico’s remote Copper Canyon, the Tarahumara Indians party hard, get by on a diet of carbs and beer, and can still run 100 mile races, even in their 60s.

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The Yoga Mogul

John Friend, who founded a new school of yoga, says the practice should be about both exercise and spirituality. Oh, and making money.

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Interview: Mike Tyson

The champ is now a vegan, claims to be broke, and says he feels freer than ever before. “I have this uncanny ability to look at myself in the mirror and say, ‘This is a pig. You are a fucking piece of shit.’”

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Being John McEnroe

On his journey from phenom to champion to wannabe rock star to Emmy-winning commentator, John McEnroe hasn’t changed much.

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The Champ and His Entourage

Muhammad Ali and his followers were the greatest show on earth. Then the show ended, and life went on.

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That Which Does Not Kill Me...

Inside the twisted, half-conscious world of Jure Robic, the Slovene soldier who might be the world’s best ultra-endurance athlete.

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The Power of One

At age 17, Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again.