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After a Midrace Heart Attack, Triathlon Champ Is Headed Back to the Start Line

For Timothy O’Donnell, hours of denial gave way in the emergency room of a South Florida hospital late on the night of March 13, 2021, when the trauma care specialist called the resuscitation team and told it to stay close. “I was thinking, ‘Oh, man, are you going to die right here?’” O’Donnell, a triathlon …

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They Treated Their Sports Like a Job. They Wish the NCAA Had, Too.

Tamara Statman may have had a student ID card during her four years playing softball at the University of Arizona, but she sometimes wondered if it should have read “Employee” instead. If practice times conflicted with classes Statman and her teammates wanted to take, practice always took precedence, discouraging some students from pursuing their intended …

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At the Top of His Sport, Joseph Gray is Focused the Next Generation of Black Athletes

With 20 national championships across six disciplines and nine international gold medals, Joseph Gray is the most decorated American mountain runner, by a wide margin. In the broader discipline of trail running – which includes everything from 100-mile ultramarathons to ultra-steep kilometer races – he’s in the pantheon of the best ever, too, as a …

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