Interview

Tapped Into Winner Strength

Evan Simon was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in February and relied on his training to overcome the disease.

Opportunity Lost, Then Found

Steve Scott, the cross country coach at California State University, San Marcos, missed the 1980 Olympics due to the U.S. boycott.

Smart Enough

I wasn’t a good student. Growing up, never once did I understand the importance that education would play in my life.

Stroke of Determination

University of Delaware senior Kate Sneddon doesn’t let her cystic fibrosis pull her away from her passions. She tried backing off sports in college, but boredom led to rowing – and the discovery of a new love.

Out of the Shadows

Senior Kara Stroup is a two-time team captain who has started every lacrosse game in college – but her success once masked a dangerous problem.

Powering Through

As a trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Jen Widerstrom’s work involves supporting and pushing contestants to achieve their goals. Now in her second season with the program that is part weight-loss competition, part reality television show, Widerstrom – a former hammer thrower on the University of Kansas track and field team – thinks of her job as a way of sharing the story of the human condition.

A Lane of His Own

Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day.

From There to Here: Warde Manuel

Warde Manuel can use his life story as an example for the college athletes at the University of Connecticut to follow when it comes to being prepared for life after the playing days end.

Learning From the Losses

The 500th win earlier this season was not a big moment. If there weren’t sports information directors and media around, I wouldn’t have had a clue.

Confidence Builder

Helen Putriment, set to graduate in December with a nursing degree from The Sage Colleges, wrapped up her volleyball eligibility last year at age 30. Her student-athlete path awaited her when she was 17, but she did not start college until 10 years later.

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