Category Archives: Athletes

Jockey Russell Baze Has Ridden in 50,000 Races - That's 1.5 Times Around the World

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This week we are in Albany, California to see the ponies run at Golden Gate Fields. This is the only major racetrack in Northern California and thoroughbreds first started racing here back in 1941.

This track has seen some truly great racehorses over the years including Noor, Citation and one of the sport’s most popular horses, the legendary John Henry.

We are going to take a look behind the scenes and meet some of the people that make horseracing happen at one of the best places to visit in the Bay Area.

We aren’t going to teach you how to handicap horses or place any 2-dollar bets but we are going to introduce you to a number of winners.

Along the way we are also going to profile a very unique friendship between Jim Boggeri, a local Marin firefighter, and his rescue dog partner that will just about melt your heart.

Finally tonight we profile a horseracing Hall of Famer and North America’s all-time winning jockey, the legendary Russell Baze.

Two of the World's Best Ping-Pong Players Train in Milpitas

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At the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, Table Tennis is the sport that rules the hardwood. You may know it as “Ping Pong” but this cutthroat game played by young kids with a “take no prisoners attitude,” has captured city. Two of the ICC’s finest players, Lily Zhang and Timothy Wang were members of the 2012 United States Olympic Table Tennis Team. Find out why Zhang and Wang have a shot to medal at the 2016 Games and why the sport’s very best players are products of Milpitas.

America’s Cup Winner, John Kostecki Prepares to Defend Title in San Francisco Bay

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Professional sailor and America’s Cup winner John Kostecki has been a force in his sport for the past thirty years. Raised near Marin and a master of the tricky San Francisco Bay waters, Kostecki is a former Olympic sailor who captured a silver medal in the Soiling Class at the 1988 Games in South Korea. A former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Kostecki was part of the crew aboard Oracle that defeated the Swiss boat Alinghi to recapture the America’s Cup in 2008. The victory marked the first time the oldest trophy in American history has returned to these shores in 15 years. Kostecki is currently the Tactician for Team USA Oracle, as this country prepares to defend the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay.

Spy for a Day-a Look at Antique Spy Gear

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This week we are at History where we'll take a look at San Jose’s famous Electric Tower, just one of the many amazing things you’ll discover walking around grounds here.

The tower we'll show you is a replica of the original, which was built in 1881 to ‘light up’ the downtown area. It was hailed as the ‘Seventh Wonder of the West’. Legend has it that the designer of the Eiffel Tower visited San José’s Electric Light Tower when he was looking for ideas.

In this episode, we’re going on a journey back in time to take a look at early spy gear. We’ll see all kinds of technology used by spies throughout history.

We’ll also meet an energetic pair of paddle-pounding Olympians from Milpitas;
a NASA scientist who is re-inventing the way we do planetary exploration and one of the youngest female engineers to fire up a steam engine!

You can watch the show on KQED Plus on April 17 at 7pm.
Episode 503