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Golf Channel's Lauren Thompson hosts a look into the powerful and inspiring stories of successful athletes who represent what it truly means to be a champion. Each episode features professional and amateur athletes who have surmounted obstacles to achieve miraculous moments in the world of sports. These personal tales demonstrate that resilience and heart are often just as important as speed, strength, agility and skill in the arena of athletics.

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Sonoma Raceway President Steve Page helps put his community back on track; Mackenzie McRee overcomes scoliosis on the golf course; Olympic gold medalists Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux are leaders for gender equality in sports.
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Lawson Craddock helps rebuild his home racetrack after Hurricane Harvey; Albane Valenzuela hits the links with her little brother, Alexis; Bryson DeChambeau's win at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship brings new life to his father.
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An inside look at Sacramento native Junior Waqavesi's quest to become the LeBron James of rugby; Joey Logano's foundation helps sick kids who love NASCAR; golf helps Allyn Stephens overcome Hurricane Harvey's devastation.
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Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton fights a medical diagnosis to get back on the slopes; golfers Justin Suh and Lauren Artis show off what it takes to succeed; rising pro racer Jesse Iwuji fell in love with the sport overseas.
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Swimmer Carson Foster is training to achieve his dreams; NASCAR driver Erik Jones' '65 Corvette is the car that means most to him; how a fatherly rivalry sparked Elise Deschaine's career; and how Raymond Floyd's wife was the key to his U.S. Open win.
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Peter King explores NFL football player Saquon Barkley's upbringing; pro golfer Mel Reid discusses how her recent success is measured by the loss of her mother; a look at the hockey-playing Brandt sisters; Marty Fleckman's golf career.
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NHL defenseman Nate Schmidt's upbringing molds him into an ideal teammate; Matt Parziale's hometown is always there for its own; Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy takes a camera and his skis to southwest Uganda.
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Inside the new Olympic sport of competitive surfing; NHL Stanley Cup champion John Carlson tours his hometown of Colonia, N.J.; Traden Karch, who's dealing with memory loss after a car accident and using golf as a path to recovery.
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Gary Smith combats Parkinson's with golf; inside the heated rivalry between the U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams, which came down to a final penalty shot at the 2018 Olympic Games; Washington, D.C., hockey family the Weismans.
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Professional race car driver Bubba Wallace; South Korean golfer Se-ri Pak; MMA fighters Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz; boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard plays a round of golf; the Lexington horse school.
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Paralympic athlete Alana Nichols; current U.S. Navy lieutenant-turned-pro race car driver Jesse Iwuji; U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson; one of the youngest and fastest speed skaters in the world, Maame Biney.
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Baseball player Jacob Steinberg's injury shifts his dreams; the Sadekar sisters change the way people look at golf; two sisters line up on opposite teams at the Olympics; two best friends tee off against each other.
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Deshaun Watson's childhood is impacted by a former NFL star; up-and-coming golfer Lauren Artis stops at nothing to make a difference in her community; Bryson DeChambeau's win at the U.S. Amateur Championship ultimately saves his father's life.
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Swimming prodigy Reece Whitley, how the Harlem Lacrosse school is bettering its students in the classroom and on the field; skating with a U.S. sled hockey powerhouse program.
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A NASCAR pit crew is profiled during the Daytona 500; how a caddie became golfer Jason Day's mentor and coach.
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A Michigan teen finds his way out of homelessness through caddying; a Kenyan volleyball player with Olympic aspirations.
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A hockey coach goes back to college to earn his degree; a long distance runner from Ethiopia has his sights on the Olympics.
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Golfer Justin Thomas; a family of horse trainers creates a lasting legacy.
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The team component of golf is explored; Adam Scott's father reflects on his son's career on the PGA Tour.
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Mixed martial artists try to master the game of golf; New Jersey Devils center Brian Boyle overcomes a battle with cancer.
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NFL quarterback Kirk Cousins talks about his relationship with his father; an Olympic bobsledder carries out her father's legacy.

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