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Women’s wrestling wins gold, gains in popularity, but still faces adversity

By EmmaKate Austin

When Rio Olympian  Elena Pirozhkova was in seventh grade, her brother persuaded her to join wrestling. Not knowing what she was getting herself into, she assumed it would be something along the lines of the WWF or WWE’s Monday Night Raw. She thought she would be jumping off of ropes, tackling her opponents and smashing chairs.

But wrestling was quite a bit different than she envisioned, and despite pressure to quit, she kept coming back to the sport and can now call herself a world champion and an Olympian.

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Paralympian Josh George Making His Mark in Wheelchair Racing

By EmmaKate Austin

At just four years old, Josh George survived a 12-story fall from a window. He lost the use of his lower body, but hasn’t let that hold him back from succeeding as an athlete.

Four-time Paralympian Josh George has a long list of racing accomplishments, but his impact on the sport reaches far beyond the finish line.

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Online harassment: A harsh reality for women covering sports

By EmmaKate Austin

A Medill Newsmakers report

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take a look at the harassment women covering sports experience online and through social media. Sports writers, radio hosts, anchors and commentators all give their take on this issue.

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What does it take to be an NFL Draft prospect?

By EmmaKate Austin

One of the highlights of Draft Town this year is the opportunity for fans to show off their skills in NFL combine drills. EmmaKate Austin of Medill Reports put her talents to the test in the 40-yard dash and the vertical jump.

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Medill Reports Newscast: NFL Draft

By EmmaKate Austin

Watch the Medill Reports News Update. Our reporters take a closer look at what a bigger and better Chicago NFL Draft means to fans and players.

Photo at top: Local children participate in a football clinic with 2016 NFL Draft prospects in Grant Park. (Chris Hayre/Medill)

Blackhawks Star Faces Backlash After Use of Homophobic Slur

By EmmaKate Austin

The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Andrew Shaw as they face the St. Louis Blues in a decisive game five of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Shaw was suspended one game by the league for using a homophobic slur after drawing a penalty late in game four. He was also fined $5,000 for an inappropriate gesture aimed at an official. Shaw later apologized for his “insensitive remarks.”

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Blackhawks Fans Ready for Another Championship

By EmmaKate Austin

The NHL regular season is in the books and the Chicago Blackhawks are back in the postseason yet again, ready to defend their title. The team is looking for their fourth championship in seven seasons. Chicago fans are confident the team can keep the Stanley Cup in their city for another year.

The Hawks begin their playoff push with a series against the St. Louis Blues, who finished second in the Central Division. Chicago went 2-0-3 against the Blues in the regular season.

Photo at top: Blackhawks players practice at Johnny’s IceHouse West one last time before flying to St. Louis for their first 2016 playoff game. (EmmaKate Austin/Medill)

For Olympian Jason Brown, the ice is nice but family comes first

By EmmaKate Austin

At the 2014 USA Figure Skating national championships, Jason Brown joyfully Irish-danced his way to a silver medal and a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. He did it his way: He had ignored advice to train away from home.

Even after representing the U.S. in Sochi later that year and winning gold at the 2015 national championships, the 21-year-old still feels most proud of his “Riverdance” performance.

“In that moment, I knew I did what was right for me,” he said. “I didn’t move away. I didn’t leave my family. I didn’t let skating define me.”

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Wolves Cap 4-Game Homestand with Loss to Griffins

By EmmaKate Austin

The Chicago Wolves hosted the Grand Rapids Griffins for a school-day game Tuesday morning, giving local schoolchildren the chance to watch and learn.

The Wolves played strong for the first 5 minutes, but then goalie Jordan Binnington allowed 3 goals in just over a minute and Chicago ultimately fell 5-0 to the Griffins.

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