Mixed!: Figure Skater Tai Babilonia's Rise to Fame; Central Valley Family Reunited After Four Years Apart

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A male and female figure skater wearing matching red, sparkly outfits glide across the ice.
Figure skating champion, Tai Babilonia with skating partner, Randy Gardner, as they glide smoothly through their routine in Atlanta on Jan. 20, 1980. (Bettmann/Getty Images)

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MIXED!: ‘Jump Higher, Spin Faster’: Olympic Figure Skater Tai Babilonia on Her Rise to Fame

Olympic figure skater Tai Babilonia and her skating partner Randy Gardner rapidly ascended figure skating’s ranks to become World Champions in 1979. They were favorites at the 1980 Olympics, but an injury ended their dream of a medal. For our series Mixed! Stories of Mixed Race Californians, co-hosts Sasha Khokha and Marisa Lagos spoke to Babilonia  about growing up in a mixed race family in the 1960s and the racism and exotification she faced as an athlete and public figure.

Family Reunited After Four Years Separated by Trump-era Immigration Policy

In 2019, José Luis Ruiz Arévalos left his family in the Central Valley to apply for his green card in Mexico, but ended up separated from them for almost four years.  He got caught up in changes the Trump administration made to the questions consulate officials ask people trying  to become legal residents.  Last month, José  was finally able to return home, but as Edsource Reporter Zaidee Stavely tells us, his forced absence changed the course of his children’s lives.