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How The IOC Plans To Address Doping

In light of its recent decision not to bar Russian athletes from competing in Rio despite their use of performance-enhancing drugs, the International Olympic Committee is working to establish more effective protocols to keep the Games drug-free. Here are some ways the IOC plans to address doping:
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Female Firsts In Sports

With her IndyCar victory, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in a top-level racing series. Onion Sports salutes her achievement and that of other groundbreaking sportswomen:

1950: Babe Didrikson becomes the first woman to inspire a "First Woman" feature in a newspaper

1973: Billie Jean King becomes the first woman to beat an alcoholic 55-year-old man in a wheelchair at a game of tennis

1975: Kathy Whitworth's 88 career victories result in her selection to the World Golf Hall of Fame, although she has to be inducted from the ladies podium

1976: Janet Guthrie becomes the first driver in a NASCAR race to stop and ask for directions

1985: Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the Iditarod by using the unconventional strategy of having her sled drawn by terrified cats

1993: Rosie O'Donnell becomes the first fat woman to portray a fictional fat female athlete in A League Of Their Own

2000: Cheryl Bachman becomes the first woman in history to understand the Infield Fly Rule

2005: Lisa Leslie breaks boundaries by showing that a woman can dunk a basketball if she puts her mind to it, dreams big, and sort of lets go of the ball a little bit and guides it over the rim while allowing her body language to suggest that it was a dunk

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