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February 20th, 2013
11:33 AM ET

Pistorius bail hearing to conclude Thursday – criminal defense attorney Mickey Sherman weighs in

The bond hearing for Oscar Pistorius in the suspected premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steencamp is expected to conclude Thursday. Prosecutors say Pistorius is a flight risk and should therefore be denied bail.

Attorney Mickey Sherman, best known for defending Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in his 2002 murder trial weighs, in on the new and dramatic details coming to light in the South African “Blade Runner” case.

Filed under: Crime • Olympics • Pistorius • South Africa
November 29th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

Champion bobsledder Steven Holcomb on regaining his sight to win the 2010 Olympic gold medal

As one of the best bobsledders in the world, Steven Holcomb was seen as a strong team leader and contender for the gold medal leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The fearless bobsled driver raced his U.S. team downhill at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. But, in the prime of his career, Holcomb struggled as he suffered from a degenerative eye disease that was making him blind.

“It’s like opening your eyes under water,” Holcomb explains of his sight with the disease. “I mean, you can tell where people are, but you can't really see who they are. You just know that there's a person there. And you learn how to pick things up with their voices.”

Holcomb joins “Starting Point” on Thursday to discuss his new memoir, “But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Gold,” which traces his struggle with the disease, keratoconus, and explains how he overcame near-blindness through a revolutionary procedure before leading his team to the 2010 Olympic gold medal in bobsled racing.

Filed under: Olympics • Sports
August 9th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni discusses the 3 medals she earned in the 2012 Olympics in London

Team USA has won 30 medals in swimming events, 16 of them gold. Three of those medals belong to USA swimming gold medalist Rebecca Soni.

Recently in the 2012 Olympics in London, Soni earned silver in the 100 meter breaststroke, and gold in the four by 100 individual medley relay. She also won the 200 meter breaststroke, breaking the world record and became the first woman to defend her title in that race.

On "Starting Point," Soni talks training and breaking records in swimming at the London Olympics.

Filed under: 2012 London Olympics • Olympics
May 23rd, 2012
11:43 AM ET

First openly transgender athlete competing for spot on American Olympic team

Keelin Godsey has an impressive record: he’s a two-time NCAA national hammer champion and took 5th at last year's USA Track & Field championship, among other accomplishments. However, what makes Godsey stand out is that he used to be a she.

Born as Kelly, Godsey is biologically female, but he self-identifies as a male. Next month, he’ll head to Eugene, Oregon to compete for a spot on the U.S. Women's Track and Field team, making him the first American Olympic contender to be openly transgender.

David Epstein and Pablo Torre join the Starting Point panel today to discuss the story they recently wrote about Godsey for Sports Illustrated.

The reporters explain that there's no uniformity across various organizations about the rules under which transgender athletes compete. To compete in a sexual category different than the one in which one was born, the Olympics require gender reassignment surgery as well as two years of hormones, while the NCAA says that only one year of hormone therapy is necessary.

Although the guidelines for transgender athletes remain unclear, the NCAA plans to take up the issue over the summer thanks to the attention drawn to the issue by athletes like Godsey.

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Filed under: Olympics • Sports
May 10th, 2012
01:37 PM ET

Gymnast Shawn Johnson swings for more Olympic gold

U.S. Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Shawn Johnson on her fight to get on the U.S. team for the London Olympics.

Filed under: Olympics
March 28th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

'Melo' talks with Soledad about his Olympic efforts, the benefits of chocolate milk and responds to the Trayvon Martin story

"Got chocolate milk?" That's what New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony is asking in a new round of ads featuring Olympic athletes. Anthony, a five-time NBA all-star and Olympic gold medalist, talks with Soledad on "Starting Point about his new milk gig, his day job playing basketball and the outpouring of support and awareness in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Filed under: Basketball • Olympics • Trayvon Martin