Track on TV with Sanya Richards-Ross

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US Olympic 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross has just starred in her own TV show Glam & Gold, with husband and NFL star Aaron Ross. SPIKES finds out what she makes of the reality TV business, and which other athletes could be stars of the screen.

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Michelle Carter gets it right on road to Russia

US shot put record holder Michelle Carter talks to SPIKES about having an Olympic medal-winning dad for a coach, her 4x100m potential, and why it’s “anybody’s game” in Moscow.

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Okoye standing on the shoulders of Bears, Cowboys and 49ers

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As Olympic discus finalist Lawrence Okoye edges closer to becoming an NFL player, SPIKES pays homage to the athletes he’s following into American football, and a few other multi-talented sport swappers.

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Are these some of the world’s fastest could-be sprinters?

Andy Murray’s fitness coach reckons that the tennis ace could match Usain Bolt’s speed over 10m. Here, SPIKES runs the speedometer over three other blisteringly fast sports stars…

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"I knew I was fast as a kid but in those days it was all about football"

Olympic 4x100m silver medallist and 100m fifth place finisher Ryan Bailey is a genuine (American) football fanatic who would love to still be playing the game.

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"I knew I was fast as a kid but back in those days it was all about football. I liked to hit and I liked to tackle and that’s why I liked the sport so much. It helped me get all of my aggression out.

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Athletics’ big thinker looks to rugby and cricket for inspiration

US 2004 Olympic shot put champion Adam Nelson is one of the sport’s great thinkers, and the vice president of the Track & Field Athletes Association. He believes the sport needs major structural reform.

“The problem with change is it usually means someone has to give up something – privacy, marketing rights, comfort – in order for the change to take place.  Allowing the media and fans greater access to the athletes during warm-up or in the call room requires the athletes to change the way they prepare.

"Opening the rules on athlete sponsorship requires a change in the dynamic between sponsors, agents, and athletes. New advances in drug testing are often accompanied by massive invasions of privacy. Changes to competitive rules usually require some acclimation. It doesn’t matter what you change, someone’s going to get frustrated with it.

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