[Editors’ Note: This article, which can be downloaded here, will be published in JSEL’s forthcoming issue. Withers’ highly regarded 2010 article on the same subject, The Integrity of the Game: Professional Athletes and Domestic Violence, 1 Harv. As in the late 1990s, the recent media attention on professional athletes and acts of off-field violence was precipitated by a widely publicized act of violence.
The NFL’s treatment of domestic violence was selected as the sports story of 2014 in an annual vote conducted by the Associated Press. For the first time since the late 1990s, the media is publicly recognizing the silent story that has laid dormant, overshadowed by the story of fame, glory, athleticism and America’s favorite pastimes.
An obsessive nature may also keep an athlete training after others call it a day. That was the question raised on 18 May at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, in a session held to raise awareness of what may be an unrecognised epidemic.
“Athletes are really good at goal-setting,” he says.
But when her Canadian diving teammates competed at the Beijing games, Mac Donald was absent.
Her entry on the Diving Plongeon Canada website states that she has been “sidelined with injuries”.
In November 2014, at the second to last stop on the ASP Qualifying Series – the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival in Itacare, Bahia, Brazil – one athlete in particular was contending for a game-changer.
It’s true that QS points are crucial for all competitors, but for Tatiana Weston-Webb, it was the difference between making a dream come true or watching it slip away from grasp. A priority for any aspiring pro, the WCT is where careers are made, and also where they end.