Politics as Sport
While the Olympics tries to separate itself from politics, many who've participated the games find themselves drawn to the political arena.
From gold medal basketball star-turned Senator-turned
Presidential candidate Bill Bradley, to decathlete Bob Mathias, to Colorado
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, an Olympian with the 1964 judo team, the
politicians are hardly limited to the
Beyond the Olympics, there are dozens of Congressmen, city councilmen, and mayors who've played sports at the college and professional levels.
While Democrat Bill Bradley may be the most famous American
athlete-politician, he's nearly alone on the left. In this piece from May 2006,
NPR sports commentator Frank DeFord ponders why so many of those athletes in
politics are Republicans.
A photo gallery from Sports Illustrated puts the athlete-politicians into context.
And if you have lingering questions about politics, sports, China, or anything in between, NewsHour correspondent Margaret Warner and panel of experts will take questions on this week's Insider Forum.