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Death of a Sports Star
26 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
New Series: Death of a Film Star
From the makers of Death of a Sports Star, this is Death of a Film Star.If you'd like to hear more, search for 'Death of a Film Star' in your favourite podcast platform, or click here: https://podfollow.com/1562008537There’s stuff you know about Chadwick Boseman – what he’s done as Black Panther, how good he was as James Brown in one biopic, as baseball hero Jackie Robinson in another, as judge Thurgood Marshall in his most recent. He’s different for the roles he plays, and different for what he does with them. But different, too, for all the stuff you don’t know. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
Mike Webster is one of the greatest American Football players who ever lived. But there’s another story. One that begins before his death, but hits the headlines after. One that changes American Football forever. It’s a story that could have died with Mike if it weren’t for two things: a young pathologist, and a hunch. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
You’ve never seen a cricketer like Ben Hollioake. But this kid who’s set to shred record books, barely makes the small print. He only plays two tests. Twenty one-dayers.And there are numbers that matter more. Because Ben, still only 24, is dead on a slip road on the other side of the world. Miles per hour. Models of sports car. Whether there are millimetres of rain on the road or milligrams of alcohol in his blood. So many numbers, but none of them an answer... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
NASCAR racing is never the same after Dale Earnhardt’s death. It sounds dramatic, but that’s what Dale means to people. There’s never been a race car driver like him. He’s loved by most, for the same reason he’s hated by the rest. He races harder than anyone ever has. And his death changes NASCAR forever. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Sometimes, when a famous sports star dies, you get the sense all those people mourning definitely loved that person, but not that they truly knew them. Not with Anthony Foley. He is his home city. He belongs to everyone. And no-one’s ready to say goodbye. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Ayrton Senna was more than just the greatest racing driver who ever lived. He made cars dance. One rival said he made cars move like raindrops on a pavement. So good, he made us all poets. But there wasn't anything poetic about Senna’s death. There usually isn’t in motor racing. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Duncan Edwards was the complete footballer. A comic-book hero leaping into the sports pages. He could’ve changed it all. Could've been the greatest footballer of all time. But we never got to find out. It was all lost in a mess of snow and fire and broken steel on a frozen German runway. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
When you think about how Diego Maradona lived, and died - when you think about how he’s remembered, why there’s so much love and hate - it all comes down to the story of few short years in the city of Naples. How he came back, the miracles he pulled off, the price he paid. He gets higher than anyone else, and he falls faster. That’s Diego. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Hansie Cronje was South Africa’s captain, endorsed by Nelson Mandela. But he was also a scam artist, mixing with criminals. His story has lies, greed, bribery, threats, corruption and ultimately a plane crash that ended his life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
"Sarah's the reason we're all here. Without Sarah, none of us would be Olympians" - that's what Sarah Burke did for her sport, even after her death. She was a trailblazer, a daredevil and a star of the X Games. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
WARNING: this episode contains references to suicide.Robert Enke needs to talk. But it's harder than it looks. Especially with all that baggage from the past and worries about the future. He's the kid from East Germany who made it to the Bundesliga. But he's also the man who's tormented by inner-demons - even if you can't quite see it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
We all know that old line about football and life and death. But in Colombia in the 1990s - run by drug cartels - nothing makes sense. And when a footballer for the national side makes a critical mistake, the repercussions will echo around the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Vitas Gerulaitis is the New York native turned global celebrity. The immigrant outsider shaking up an establishment sport. Living as large as the Times Square billboards. But when the money is spent, and the momentum slows, what’s left? And when you live as fast as Vitas, can you hold fast to anything? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
WARNING: this episode contains references to murder and suicide.In professional wrestling, you don’t know where fantasy ends and reality starts. But Chris Benoit was a method actor. He liked realness. And after years of drugs and injuries, that had deadly consequences.If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find a list of people you can go to for help. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
If you were asked to design a super-hero to save America, he’d probably look like Pat. But what Pat looks like and who he really is are two very different things. He reads poetry and the Qur'an and the Communist Manifesto. He fights tooth and nail to make it in the NFL, so how did he end up giving it all up to join the army and risk getting killed? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
He did things no other football manager had ever done. He came from hardship and took a struggling club to the top of the world. Football saved him, gave him a purpose. All until one dark autumn night when two countries met with so much at stake and the pressure finally became too much. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
There’s never been a player like Jonah Lomu - what he could do, the impact he had on the world. What few realised is what he’d come through to get there - and what he was going through even as he appeared to be unstoppable. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
In the whole history of boxing, there cannot be a story murkier than Sonny Liston’s. And there’s no sport murkier than boxing. Even when Sonny was heavyweight champion of the world – one of the most famous men on the planet – the public didn’t really know him. He was unloved and unwanted. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
He was the smiley, lovable kid from the country whose cricketing talents took him all the way into the Australia team. But a tragic sporting accident on a seemingly ordinary day meant he would never fulfil that rich potential - and left a sport-obsessed nation devastated. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
33 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
She was the skinny kid from the poor part of LA who grew up to be the fastest woman in history, smashing world records with a look and style that made her unforgettable. But there were many who struggled to believe in her remarkable transformation - and more than two decades after her shock death, the unsettling questions and mysteries around Flo-Jo refuse to disappear. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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