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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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Underdog cyclist John Degenkolb, one of the most inspiring cyclists in the Tour de France, raised funds to rebuild the track he grew up racing on; Uriah St. Lewis and his family's hard work won a Grade 1 title after 30 years of training horses.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Stanley Cup champion Jim Paek tells the story of his success as the head hockey coach of the South Korean Olympic National Team; Don Byers joins a collegiate golf team at age 61 to become the oldest college freshman athlete in the nation.
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Taekwondo champion Aaliyah Powell's journey began with her older sisters; Avery Zweig uses her talents to raise money for a sick custodian at her school; a firsthand look at the new Olympic sport of surfing; a profile of golfer Dustin Johnson.
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Quinn Hughes and brother Jack are the NHL's next great hockey family; Jody Duff uses golf to engage her students who have disabilities; NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife run Rescue Ranch; the Sadekar sisters are changing how people look at golf.
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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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Golfer Justin Thomas; a family of horse trainers creates a lasting legacy.
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Olympic gold medalist Maddie Bowman is inspired by her mother; American skier Gus Kenworthy takes a trip to Uganda.
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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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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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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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