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Olympic rowing gold medalist’s mom helped develop the COVID-19 vaccines

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Susan Francia is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing. She is also the daughter of Dr. Katalin Kariko, a scientist and senior vice president with BioNTech whose tireless research into the use of mRNA laid the foundation for the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine. Despite never receiving a......

Greatness beckoned me back to the stands; fate took it from there

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I watch a lot of softball. My daughter, a junior in high school, plays, and over the years my wife and I have evolved from doting parents in the stands to binge-watching devotees with a softball problem. As we emerge warily from our late-pandemic bubble, we have become enamored of......

‘She wore hearing aids’: How a Zoom call with Tamika Catchings affirmed everything

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LET THE RECORD show that I came prepared for my interview with Tamika Catchings. I whiled away days on Lexis Nexis and pored over hazy box scores hoping they’d whisper something new. I did my job — until I didn’t. Fourteen minutes and 52 seconds in, I hadn’t asked her......

Augusta National Women’s Amateur preview

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Mar 30, 2021 Charlotte GibsonESPN In early January, Kate Smith, 21, was relaxing in her apartment in Lincoln, quarantining before the start of her final golf season as a Nebraska Cornhusker. She started reflecting on her collegiate career and what’s next for her as a golfer. And then, Smith received......

Taneka Mackey, only Black woman to caddie full time in LPGA, on not being the last

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Taneka Mackey (née Sandiford), 26, is the first Bahamian woman caddie on the LPGA Tour. Since 2017, Mackey has caddied for LPGA Tour player Amy Olson. After suffering a seizure in November 2018, Mackey was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Despite her diagnosis, Mackey returned to Olson’s bag in 2019 and......

Amy Olson placed second at U.S. Women’s Open, but she won in resilience

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9:00 AM ET Charlotte GibsonESPN Seconds after Amy Olson’s birdie putt on the 18th hole of the final round of the 75th U.S. Women’s Open dropped, she pumped her right fist in the air, then picked up her golf ball out of the cup and raised her head toward the......

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