Here’s HBO’s press release on the segments for Real Sports that airs this Tuesday at 10 p.m.
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL
LOOKS INSIDE THE CHINESE SPORTS SCHOOL SYSTEM,
EXAMINES THE FIGHT TO KEEP SOFTBALL AN OLYMPIC SPORT,
AND PROFILES ONE MAN’S PATH TO CYCLING REDEMPTION
WHEN IT RETURNS JUNE 24, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 135th edition debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 24 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT) on HBO.
*The System. At the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games in
*Last Licks. When the U.S. Women’s Softball team entered the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, they went from unknown athletes to “golden girls” overnight in softball’s first-ever appearance as an Olympic sport. Engaging new stars like Lisa Fernandez and Jennie Finch emerged. Now, after only 12 years, the International Olympic Committee has chosen to remove softball from the Olympic Games after 2008, making it the first sport to be eliminated in more than 70 years. While many believe this decision reflects the game’s lack of international appeal, others wonder if it was aimed more directly at the
*Clean Slate. While sitting in a French jail cell in 2004, British cyclist David Millar wondered how his life had arrived at this point. Considered one of the top riders in the world, Millar was living his dream until French police searched his home and found used syringes of the performance-enhancing hormone EPO. In an instant, his life was in ruins. After a brief stay in jail, he subsequently admitted to doping, gave up his world championship medal and was suspended from cycling for two years. Today, Millar is a new man whose search for personal and cycling redemption has led him to a new team — Slipstream Racing — that’s single-handedly instituted one of the toughest anti-doping programs in sports. On the eve of the Tour de France, correspondent Jon Frankel reports in this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration. Interviews include Millar; Dr. Paul Strauss; and Slipstream’s Jonathan Vaughters.