Phoenix-based NPR Station KJZZ.org aired a segment with interviews of Native athletes and ICTMN’s A&E and Sports editor Vincent Schilling (Akwesasne Mohawk).
The main thrust of the show was billed as, “Why Native American athletes don't often reach the Olympics.”
The show segment addressed the role Natives have played in the Olympics, and whether the relatively small numbers of Indians participating in the Olympics is a matter of identification issues or lack of accessibility to Olympic team training and development for Native people living in rural areas.
The show also touched on Native Olympians Jim Thorpe, who won gold medals for the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 olympic games in Sweden, and Billy Mills who won the gold medal for the 10,000 meter run in the 1964 Olympic games in Tokyo, as well as other Native olympians.
You can listen to KJZZ.org ‘s segment by visiting the website at http://theshow.kjzz.org/content/334952/native-athletes-underrepresented-olympic-games.
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ICTMN's Editor Vincent Schilling