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Six Degrees: Justine Henin to Sarah Palin

September 24th, 2009
04:57 PM ET
What links Justine Henin to Sarah Palin? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
What links Justine Henin to Sarah Palin? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - It’s time for “Six Degrees” — our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

In this week’s challenge we want to connect tennis star Justine Henin, who made her return to the sport this week, to U.S. former vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, who made her debut in Hong Kong.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check out last week’s winner Troy Barrett, who managed to link fashionista Victoria Beckham with “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown.

Here’s how he did it…

Victoria Beckham is married to…

David Beckham, who, upon moving to Los Angeles with his family, was thrown a welcoming party in 2007 which was attended by…

Tom Cruise, who is a Scientologist, along with…

John Travolta, who starred in “Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D,” a documentary that also featured a role voiced by…

Rita Wilson, who is married to…

Tom Hanks, who starred in “The Da Vinci Code,” a book written by…

Dan Brown.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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  1. Nil Strand

    Sarah Palin is a simpleminded republican politician, like George W. Bush.
    George W. Bush was general manager and owned a share of the Texas Rangers.
    The Texas Rangers had a the highest-ever paid player named Alex Rodriguez in 2000.
    Alex Rodriguez has the same latino last name as Carlos Rodriguez, who was the coach of Justine Henin.

    September 24, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  2. Nil Bymouth

    Justine Henin can count to six.
    Six times you call the devils name to make him appear.
    Devils dyke is a place in Sussex, England
    Monty Python used to film in woods in Sussex.
    Michael Palin was a Python.
    Sarah Palin shares his last name (but she can't count to six)

    September 24, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  3. Jennifer F.

    Justine Henin won her first Tier 1 Pro Torunament (the German Open) in 2002, beating Serena Williams in the final
    1) Serena Williams made a guest appearance on "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" starring Mariska Hargitay
    2) Mariska Hargitay is the daughter of Jayne Mansfield
    3) Jayne Mansfield starred along with Tony Randall in 1957's "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter"
    4) Tony Randall studied drama at Northwestern University with Charleton Heston
    5) Charleston Heston was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003
    Sarah Palin is a lifetime NRA member and advocate

    September 24, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  4. Jennifer F.

    Justine Henin won her first Tier 1 Pro Torunament (the German Open) in 2002, winning in the finals against

    Serena Williams, who made a guest appearance on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” starring

    Mariska Hargitay , is the daughter of

    Jayne Mansfield, who starred in 1957’s “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter” with

    Tony Randall, who studied drama at Northwestern University with

    Charleton Heston, former president from 1998-2003 of the National Rifle Association an organization which Sarah Palin is a lifetime NRA member and advocate

    September 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  5. Zoltan Kynsburg

    Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are both Belgian Grand Slam winners. US ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman passed on President Obama’s congratulations to Clijsters after winning US Open. Palin was involved in presidential race against Obama.

    September 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  6. Asyla Nayad

    JUSTINE HENIN was designated a Unesco Champion of Sport by
    KOICHIRO MATSUURA, Director-General of Unesco, who was a classmate ('61) at Haverford College of OSCAR GOODMAN, (current Mayor of Las Vegas and former defense attorney of Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal, etc.), who appeared as himself in a cameo role in the movie "Casino", which also starred DICK SMOTHERS (as the Senator based partially on Sen. Harry Reid), who worked with and repeatedly supported the preidential candidacy of PAT PAULSEN, who was a guest ('82) of DAVID LETTERMAN, who's really ticked off SARAH PALIN!

    September 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  7. Debbie Jender

    Justine Henin won her 2006 French Open semifinal against...
    Kim Clijsters, who played a mixed doubles exhibition match at the Wimbledon Centre Court Celebration in 2009 against Steffi Graf and...
    Andre Agassi, who founded the charity "Athletes for Hope" with various sportspeople including...
    Lance Armstrong, who in February 2006 broke up with...
    Sheryl Crow, who appeared as herself on the TV show 30 Rock, which stars...
    Tina Fey, who, in 2008 on Saturday Night Live, impersonated...
    Sarah Palin

    September 24, 2009 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  8. Alistair

    JUSTINE HENIN played her last match in Germany, where American soccer star LANDON DONOVAN once played for Bayer Leverkusen & Bayern Munich, Donovan is teammate to DAVID BECKHAM who wears the #23 jersey in homage to MICHAEL JORDAN, Jordan used to play for the Chicago Bulls, President BARACK OBAMA's hometown team, Obama won the '08 US Election against JOHN McCAIN, who chose SARAH PALIN as his running mate!

    September 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  9. Max Gross

    Sarah Palin is the mother of...
    Bristol Palin, who got pregnant by...
    Levi Johnston, who broke his silence by being interviewed on a talk show by...
    Tyra Banks, who also hosted on her show...
    Serena Williams, who lost in the 2003 French Open to
    Justine Henin, in her first Grand Slam victory

    September 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  10. Tj FitzGerald

    Justine Henin awarded WTA "Player of the year" later held by Serena Williams who was "Punk'd" by Ashton Kutcher Who is married to Demi Moore who costared in Charlies Angles with Drew Barrymore who was also in Waynes World 2 with Charlton Heston who was NRA President when Sarah Palin was elected Governor of Alaska.

    September 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  11. Bastiaan vd Zeeuw

    Justine Henin used to the #1 tennis player in the world who..

    after her retirment hosted a show based on the very successful Belgian singer Lara Fabian who..

    sang a duet with American singer Josh Groban who helped on the soundtrack for 2004 American hit film Troy starring..

    Erican Bana who appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman who..

    had President Barack Obama on his show a couples of times who battled for the presidency of the United States of America along with..

    John Mccain who wanted to make his vice president

    Sarah Palin

    September 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  12. Troy Barrett

    Justine Henin is a professional tennis player from Belgium...

    Another famous Belgian is, Audrey Hepburn, who won a BAFTA for her performance in 1959 movie, The Nun's Story...

    Peter Finch co-starred in that movie, as well as the 1976 film, Network...

    That film was written by American dramatist and novelist, Paddy Chayefsky. He was born, and died, in New York City...

    That's where Rudy Giuliani, (who also served as Mayor of New York City) announced his intention to become the Republican Presidential candidate... After pulling out of the race, Giuliani endorsed...

    John McCain, who went on to become the GOP Presidential candidate who picked...

    Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential running mate.

    September 25, 2009 at 5:42 am | Reply
  13. Dany Pellegrino

    Tina Fey impersonated Sarah Palin
    Tina Fey starred with Steve Martin in Baby Mama (and he was on 30 Rock)
    Steve Martin starred with model Iman in LA Story
    Iman appeared on the Tyra Banks Show
    Serena Williams appeared on America's next top Model with Tyra Banks
    Serena Williams played against Henin in the 2007 US Open

    September 25, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  14. Eddie Veloso

    I guess it would be hard-pressed for Justin Henin to come out clean and say the real reason why she retired at the top of her game. I think Kim Clijster's win at the US Open gave her an opportunity for the tennis audience to think that she missed the sport, and of course, there's the USTA-glorified comeback, which was planned all along.

    January 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  15. Nursery Decoration 

    well, sarah palin has a very strong character and she is a great leader too;;-

    October 20, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply

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