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The award-winning daily sports show from Wondery and The Athletic, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every weekday, co-hosts Tiffany Oshinsky and Anders Kelto dive into the biggest and most fascinating sports stories of the day, as told by the reporters who cover them up close. The Lead cuts through the chatter and brings you in-depth reporting and emotional stories, to help make sense of the complicated sports landscape. New episodes every Monday through Friday.

The award-winning daily sports show from Wondery and The Athletic, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every weekday, co-hosts Tiffany Oshinsky and Anders Kelto dive into the biggest and most fascinating sports stories of the day, as told by the reporters who cover them up close. The Lead cuts through the chatter and brings you in-depth reporting and emotional stories, to help make sense of the complicated sports landscape. New episodes every Monday through Friday.

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The award-winning daily sports show from Wondery and The Athletic, known for delivering the best storytelling in sports. Every weekday, co-hosts Tiffany Oshinsky and Anders Kelto dive into the biggest and most fascinating sports stories of the day, as told by the reporters who cover them up close. The Lead cuts through the chatter and brings you in-depth reporting and emotional stories, to help make sense of the complicated sports landscape. New episodes every Monday through Friday.

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English


Episodes

Free Solo's Alex Honnold On Climbing's Olympic Journey

8/3/2021
We have already seen a number of new Olympic sports make exciting debuts in Tokyo, including surfing and skateboarding. This week, we’re adding one more to that list, as we watch the first Olympic appearance of sport climbing. Today, we’re joined by Alex Honnold — from the Academy Award-winning documentary "Free Solo" — to look at how climbing finally got into the Olympic Games, and the incredible demands that will be placed on athletes vying for medals this week. See Privacy Policy at...

Duration:00:15:53

Two College Football Powerhouses, An Angry Commissioner, And The Big 12's Uncertain Future

8/2/2021
The college football world was thrown into a tizzy last week when Oklahoma and Texas announced that they planned to leave to their home in the Big 12 for the SEC by 2025. The story took an even stranger turn when Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby accused ESPN of trying to sabotage his conference to expedite the move. Today, The Athletic's Max Olson gives us the inside story of this seismic move that has put the Big 12 on life support and what it could all mean for the future of college...

Duration:00:18:48

At The Olympics, Who Gets To Compete As A Woman?

7/30/2021
New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard became the first openly trans athlete to qualify for the Olympics earlier this year, and is considered one of the favorites to win a medal in her competition next week. Meanwhile, the South African runner (and two-time gold medalist) Caster Semenya is not competing in the Olympics at all this year, because of a recent ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. So why is one of these athletes allowed to compete while the other is not? And what does...

Duration:00:25:00

A Tough Road To Gold For The U.S. Women's Soccer Team

7/29/2021
Coming into the Tokyo Olympics, the U.S. Women's Soccer Team was the clear favorite to bring home a gold medal, which would make them the first team to ever a World Cup title and an Olympic title back-to-back. But after dropping their first game to Sweden 3-0, and battling Australia to a tough 0-0 draw, some questions have started to emerge about the squad and head coach Vlatko Andonovski, who is leading the team in a major tournament for the first time. The Athletic's Meg Linehan and Steph...

Duration:00:18:07

Tokyo Olympics: The Good, The Bad, And The Just Plain Weird

7/28/2021
The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing, and already there have been a number of surprising developments from Japan, including Simone Biles deciding to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastics competition and the individual all-around competition, and Katie Ledecky losing for the first time ever at the Olympics — but rebounding to win gold. Today, we break down the stories that have captured our attention for a wide range of reasons, including 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby winning a gold medal for...

Duration:00:22:52

NBA Draft 2021: The Sky High Ceiling Of Evan Mobley

7/27/2021
The NBA Draft is almost here and one of the most intriguing prospects at the top of the lottery is USC big man Evan Mobley. The seven footer's game has drawn comparisons to reigning finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-NBA big man Anthony Davis, but questions over his introverted personality and skinny frame have some evaluators questioning if he can actually reach his incredible upside. The Athletic's Sam Vecenie spent some time with Mobley during his lone college season and he joins us...

Duration:00:17:45

Calming The Waters: A Hawaiian Surfing Prodigy Finds Balance

7/26/2021
Carissa Moore is not your typical surfer. Before she could walk, her father had her on his surfboard so that she could get the feel of the water. By age ten, she had been labeled a prodigy. At 14, she defeated the top-ranked women's surfer in the world (twice). And now, at age 28, she is a four-time world champion -- and one of the favorites to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics. But, on top of all her natural talent, she also breaks a lot of stereotypes about surfers. The Athletic's Christopher...

Duration:00:16:57

A Tricycle, Pickles, And A Backyard Pool: Katie Ledecky’s Olympic Training

7/23/2021
The Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is tonight, and one of the biggest stars to watch on the U.S. team is five-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky. Today, The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach joins us to tell the story of the backyard pool where Ledecky kept her training going in the spring of 2020, the bond she formed with the family who shared the same space, and how the whole thing could impact her pursuit of history in Tokyo. Read Nicole Auerbach’s full story about Katie Ledecky:...

Duration:00:18:12

The U.S. Athletes To Follow At The Tokyo Olympics

7/22/2021
At every Olympic Games, there are thousands of stories. This year, Simone Manuel looks to solidify her legacy as the greatest gymnast of all time. Katie Ledecky could become the most decorated female athlete in Olympic history. And Trayvon Bromell aims to claim the title of 'world's fastest man.' But there are also so many more. The Athletic's Zack Pierce joins us to talk through some of the biggest and most fascinating storylines to follow from Team USA during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,...

Duration:00:16:40

Giannis And The Bucks Rewrite Their Story

7/21/2021
In each of the past two seasons, the Milwaukee Bucks came up short in the playoffs after amassing incredible regular season records. With each loss, the questions over whether this team, its coach, and its star player could ever get to the mountaintop grew. On Tuesday night, all those questions were answered. Giannis Antetokounmpo had an historic night, becoming only the 7th player in history to score 50 points in an NBA Finals game, and the Bucks brought a championship back to Milwaukee for...

Duration:00:13:58

Benchwarmer → Blogger → Baller: The Jason Preston Story

7/20/2021
The 2021 NBA Draft is next Thursday, and one guy who has defied the odds (in a truly unprecedented way) to become a projected pick is Ohio University junior Jason Preston. The Athletic's James Edwards III recently interviewed Preston, and he joins us to explain how the late-blooming guard went from being a high school benchwarmer in Florida, to an aspiring basketball journalist, to an overnight college basketball sensation -- and how a family tragedy continues to fuel him. Read James Edward...

Duration:00:17:40

Allyson Felix's Transformation Since The Nike Fallout

7/19/2021
U.S. track and field legend Allyson Felix is on the way to her fifth Olympic Games after qualifying for the 400 meter and the 4 x 400 meter relay. She and her 2-year-old daughter Camryn also stole the show (and kinda broke the Internet) at the Olympic Trials last month with an incredible display of cuteness after the race. The Athletic's Kavitha Davidson -- our very own former co-host! -- recently spoke with Felix about her incredible journey to qualifying for the Tokyo Games, and how her...

Duration:00:18:47

Is It Panic Time For U.S. Men’s Basketball?

7/16/2021
The U.S. Men's National Basketball team has won four straight gold medals and looked pretty much unbeatable since 2004. That is, until recently. In the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Americans lost back to back games against Australia and Nigeria, and raised doubts over whether this team has what it takes to continue the streak of basketball dominance that the U.S. men's team has enjoyed for nearly two decades. The Athletic's Joe Vardon is embedded with the squad as they prepare for...

Duration:00:18:47

The Best (And Worst) NFL Offseason Moves

7/15/2021
The 2021 NFL offseason has delivered a lot of surprising decisions, from the Bears moving up to draft Justin Fields to the Falcons moving on from franchise legend Julio Jones to the Raiders completely remaking their offensive line (for reasons that aren't entirely clear). Today, The Athletic’s Robert Mays joins us to break down some of the best, worst and most notable decisions of the NFL offseason — including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bringing back all 22 starters from their Super...

Duration:00:23:09

Why Japan's Commitment To The Olympics Isn't About Money

7/14/2021
For weeks, Japanese citizens have been holding protests about the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and saying that Japan should not be hosting the Games in the midst of a worsening coronavirus pandemic. A recent poll showed that 80 percent of the public opposes holding the Olympics, and medical experts have warned that the Games could be a super-spreader event that will further strain the country's health care system. Now the government has declared a state of emergency, meaning many businesses are...

Duration:00:22:35

‘It’s Only Leadership If People Follow’: Chris Paul's Evolution As A Leader

7/13/2021
Chris Paul is not everyone's cup of tea. During the course of his career, the diminutive point guard has often rubbed teammates the wrong way during his career and that became an easy knock against one of the greatest players of his generation who never made an NBA Finals. Over the past few seasons, Paul has seemed to turn over a new leaf, and in Phoenix he's found a group of teammates who want to listen to the 16-year-veteran. The Athletic's Jovan Buha has been reporting on the Suns during...

Duration:00:18:33

MLB First Half: Astros Ascend, deGrom Dominates, Ohtani Is Otherworldly

7/12/2021
Major League Baseball has arrived at the All-Star break, and during the first half of the season, no player has put on a more amazing all-around show than Angels slugger/ace Shohei Ohtani. Today, The Athletic’s Joe Posnanski joins us to break down some of the season’s biggest story lines, including Ohtani’s superhuman feats, Jacob deGrom’s brilliance, the return to dominance of baseball’s most controversial team — the Houston Astros — and whether MLB is finally getting its sticky substance...

Duration:00:21:49

‘It’s Coming Home’: The Song That Divides Soccer Fans

7/9/2021
After more than 50 years of waiting, England fans saw their team reach the final of a major tournament on Wednesday after the Three Lions knocked off Denmark at Wembley Stadium. The soundtrack for this historic run is a song that debuted 25 years ago, the last time England hosted a European tournament, and produced a memorable slogan for English fans, 'It's Coming Home.' Today, The Athletic's Jack Pitt-Brooke joins us to talk about the origins of the song that led to the chant, why it's so...

Duration:00:23:40

The Kids Broke The Spelling Bee. Now Scripps Is Doubling Down

7/8/2021
Two years ago, the Scripps National Spelling Bee had arguably the most dramatic -- and delightful -- ending in its nearly hundred-year history. After five rounds and forty-seven words spelled correctly, the judges threw in the towel and declared eight co-champions, much to the joy of the contestants and the millions who tuned in on television. So, now that the kids have bested the competition, the organizers have been forced to find a new way to challenge them. The Athletic’s Seth Davis...

Duration:00:23:17

The Giants Are Baseball’s Biggest Surprise. Can It Last?

7/7/2021
Heading into the 2021 MLB season, the NL West was supposed to be a showdown between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. But for the first half of the year, the San Francisco Giants stole the show. Today, we’re joined by The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly to look at how this team of veterans (including Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria) has managed to exceed basically all expectations, and whether they are built to keep it going. Follow Andrew Baggarly’s coverage of...

Duration:00:18:15