Anthony Robles was born July 20, 1988 and is a wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg.
Bob Griese, who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and is currently one of network television's most respected football analysts, is in his 16th year of broadcasting, and in his 11th year as the expert commentator on the main game of the week, with Keith Jackson, during ABC's coverage of College Football.
Speed skater Bonnie Blair exemplifies success under pressure - the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports, but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time - such as speed skater Bonnie Blair.
Boomer Esiason is the veteran NFL quarterback who led the Cincinnati Bengals to the 1989 Super Bowl. A left-handed quarterback, Esiason starred at the University of Maryland and was chosen by the Bengals in the second round of the 1984 college draft. He became the team's starter in 1985.
There were times in his life when Casey Martin cried out to God, saying "why me?" Now, the PGA Tour Rookie allows his current circumstances to bring glory to the Lord. "I've learned to trust Him," said Martin, who accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of eight and deepened his relationship with Him in his late teens.
For nearly 20 years, tennis great Chris Evert provided fans throughout the world with one guarantee - she gave every match all she had. She was always more than just the best tennis player in the world. Evert was ranked number one for seven years and had a 90 percent win average spanning her 17 year career as a pro. She won 18 grand slam titles including three Wimbledons, seven French Opens, two Australian Opens and six U.S. Opens.
Member of the 2008 U.S. Men's 4x100m Olympic Gold Medalist relay team at the Beijing Olympics; Gold Medalist in the 4x100m free relay and Silver medalist in the 50m freestyle at the 2007 World Championships
Dan Dierdorf, a 1996 inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a former all-pro tackle in the National Football League with the St. Louis Cardinals has distinguished himself nationally as one of the top football announcers in the industry.
Dan Gable, the 2000 USA Olympic wrestling coach, enters his fifth season as the color analyst on Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling Series. Gable won the National Wrestling Media Association's "Broadcaster of the Year" award his first year on the air.
1994 Olympic gold medallist Dan Jansen is a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance. He first captured attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hearts went out to him when the world learned that his sister, whose last words were ones urging him to victory, had died mere hours before his first race.
A native of Americus, Georgia, Dan Reeves began his pro career as a free agent running back for the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, finishing his playing career as the Cowboy's fifth all-time leading rusher in 1972. Reeves stellar coaching career began when he joined the Dallas coaching staff in 1970, taking on a dual role as player/coach for two seasons.
Dave Dravecky has left two indelible images in the minds of baseball fans worldwide. The first was August 10, 1989, when Dave triumphantly pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants in his first major-league game following cancer surgery.
In a career bordered on either side by extended stays with each of the two New York franchises, David Cone switched uniforms four times between 1992 and 1995.
In 1979, Diana Nyad plunged into the history books by completing the longest swim ever. The distance was 102.5 miles from the coast of Bimini to the Florida shore. This incredible record, longest swim by a man or a woman would stand for eighteen years.
Examples from the game of football are often used to illustrate determination, overcoming adversity and long odds, competition, and success; and our everyday language is filled with gridiron metaphors and memorable quotes. It is only natural that Don Shula, the coach with more wins in professional football than any other, speaks about inspiring others to win. Using examples from the football field he reveals his secrets of successful coaching and how they apply to any leadership position, as well as personal success.
Every four years the Olympic Games produce a new group of champions, but only rarely does one of these champions transcend their sport to completely capture our imaginations. Such was the case when nineteen year old figure skater Dorothy Hamill won her Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
For over 22 years, Doug Flutie's name has been synonymous with excellence in college and professional football. Named College Football Player of the Year in 1984, Doug set NCAA career records for passing yards and total offense.
Reminisce for any length of time about the gridiron glory of college and professional running backs and the name Gale Sayers emerges to the forefront. Sayers' work ethic and development of his God-given athletic talents resulted in his selection into the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Sayers' entire NFL career (1965-1971) soon became a treasured highlight film. The quick, agile and elusive Sayers caused scores of missed tackles and created never-ending headaches for defensive coaches throughout the league.
Greg Louganis is more than just an Olympic Champion - he stands out as an exceptional human being who has led an extraordinary life. He exhibited sheer grace and a winning style as the world's greatest diver, but beyond the professional accolades, Greg Louganis was battling a number of personal difficulties.
For the first 11 years of his life, legendary football rusher Herschel Walker was more concerned about reading books and writing poetry than he was about breaking tackles and scoring touchdowns, but when he got his nose out of his books and put his feet in the backfield, there was no stopping him.
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
2007 Davis Cup Winner and Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team; Author of the NY Times best-seller "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life"
Unusually slender for a swimmer at 5-foot-5 and only 102 pounds, Evans dominated the 1987 U. S. championships by winning four events, the 400-, 800-, and 1,500-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual medley. She was the first woman to break the 16-minute barrier for 1,500 meters.
American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the NBA. After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors.
Connors began playing tennis when he was three years old, under the tutelage of his mother Gloria, a teaching professional. When he was a young teen-ager, the family moved to California so he could receive advanced training from Pancho Gonzales and Pancho Segura.
John Davidson joined ABC Sports in September 1999 as a studio analyst for ABC Sports' National Hockey League game telecasts.Davidson is the respected voice of the New York Rangers on MSG Network.
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Johnny Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" that won six Eastern Division titles, four NL pennants, and two world championships during the 1970s.
On August 7, 2000, Julie Krone became the first woman honored in Thoroughbred racing's national Hall of Fame. Over 19 seasons she won 17% of her races and rode horses earning more than $81 million. Along the way she set or tied a number of records-some for female jockeys, others regardless of gender.
The boy who became "Dr. J" began life in a public housing project but his talent, hard work and determination were to take him a long way. One of the most exciting and talented players in the history of professional basketball, Julius Erving literally changed how the game is played.
Kevin Johnson is a businessman, community activist, philanthropist, world-class athlete and former national television personality. Always ambitious and goal oriented, at only 36 years of age, Johnson has received numerous awards and accolades for both his work on and off the basketball court. While all of his accomplishments to date hold a special meaning for him, Kevin Johnson has only begun to make his mark.
"Always dream," says Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi always dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion and her dedication to that dream paid off. Through her hard work and determination, Kristi won the gold medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle's wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Lesley Visser, a pioneer among women sports journalists, returned to CBS Sports in August 2000 as a contributor to THE NFL TODAY, college basketball, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as special projects with CBS Sports and CBS News.
American swimmer Mark Spitz achieved an Olympic record in 1972 that may never be equalled: seven gold medals. Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself.
If there was a record in tennis, chances are Martina Navratilova broke it. By the time of her retirement, she had acquired more tournament titles than any man or woman in tennis history, winning at least one tour event for 21 consecutive years. She dominated the scene in the 1980s and is the game's all-time money winner. Martina boasts two winning streaks: 74 singles matches and 109 in doubles with Pam Shriver.
To the chants and screams of thousands across the nation, Mia Hamm and her U.S. team played and won the 1999 Women's World Cup. Featured in Women's Soccer World Magazine and Sports Illustrated, named the Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year (1997), and one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in People Magazine (1997), she now dominates the growing world of women's sport.
Mike Ditka is one of the most recognized and successful NFL personalities as a player, coach and television commentator. Currently working as an analyst and commentator on CBS, this is Ditka's second stint in broadcasting, having spent four years as an NFL commentator and analyst on the NFL on NBC.
The enthusiastic captain who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory, Eruzione served as a sportscaster for both the 1984 and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Throughout his life, Orel Hershiser has been known as an outstanding baseball player. He has excelled at every level in which he has played and has captured baseball's highest honors - World Series Champion, World Series, American and National League Championship Series MVP,Cy Young Award, and Gold Glove Award.
Paul Azinger has had a highly successful career since becoming a professional golfer in 1984 (PGA). Three years later in 1987, he finished second on the money-list in the USA, and was named PGA Player of the Year.
When Peter Vidmar was eleven years old, his parents found an ad in the newspaper for a new "experimental gymnastics program designed to develop future Olympic champions."
The name Picabo Street is synonymous with excellence in the sport of downhill skiing. Leading up to and following her exceptional gold medal performance at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Picabo's career on the mountain has no doubt been jagged and covered with obstacles; however, her resilience and sheer determination has earned her the title of one of today's most talented female athletes.
This Hall of Fame forward is the only player to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. After playing fourteen seasons (10 with the NBA), Barry racked up a career total of 25, 279 points. He was a 12-time All-Star selection, and in 1975, he led his Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship. He retired after the 1979-80 season, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1996, Barry was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Rocky is in demand as a professional speaker, motivating audiences in a wide variety of organizations and corporations. Rocky sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today's crowded, competitive marketplace, and that is the central message he delivers. His presentation - Be the Best You Can Be - motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Rocky is a dynamic speaker, using real life stories with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences can relate to.
Ronnie Lott, an All-America from Southern California, was the San Francisco 49ers' first round draft pick and the eighth player chosen overall in the 1981 National Football League Draft. The 6-0, 203-pound defensive back made an immediate impression and was named the starting left cornerback from his first day in training camp.
NBA All-Star Forward Sean Elliott, 32, began his basketball career at the University of Arizona, where he was the all-time leading scorer in Pac-10 Conference history, breaking the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Baseball legend, Steven Garvey, nicknamed the "Iron Man," for establishing the National League record of playing in 1,207 consecutive games, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during most of his career.
This man knows boxing like no one else does. If you like boxing, then you're going to want to hear what Teddy Atlas has to say. He discusses his induction into Cus D'amato's Boxing Camp and his first major challenge ," training a 14-year old Mike Tyson.
Terry Bowden is a dynamic motivational and inspirational speaker who also happens to be incredibly funny. Unlike so many speakers that make a living by telling people how to be a success, Terry Bowden has made a living by being a success.
As head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 years, Osborne took his team to a bowl game every year, won three national championships in the last four years he coached, and ended his career boasting an 84 percent winning record...
One of the most popular and outspoken figures in professional sports, Lasorda has been associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 50 years'as a player, scout, coach, manager, and an executive. During his 20 years as manager, this Hall-of-Famer led the Dodgers to two World Series championships, four pennants, and six division crowns. An entertaining and powerful speaker, he captivates, educates, and energizes his audiences with his colorful stories, humor, and lessons for life.
I was pretty selfish growing up, looking out for number one. I did anything to become more popular. Playing football and even going to church were just more ways to be popular. Both were self-serving.
Twenty-eight year old Vonetta Flowers grew up in one of the worst neighborhoods in Birmingham and through Track, went on to become a seven-time All-American at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Of all the thrilling baskets scored in NBA history, there have been few more fabled than the two Willis Reed hit in the first few minutes of Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Although they counted for only four points on the scoreboard, they were worth a million buckets of inspiration in the hearts of the New York Knicks.
On November 20, 1997, A.C. Green (Forward for the Los Angelas Lakers) became the NBA's new Iron Man. By breaking the all-time "most consecutive games by an NBA player" (907 consecutive games), Green has become the NBA version of baseball's Cal Ripken, Jr.
In one of the greatest Olympic performances by an American woman, Amy Van Dyken won four gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Van Dyken, whose victories came in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4x100 free relay and 4x100 medley relay, is the only American woman to win four gold medals at a single Olympics.
Former coach Bill Curry joined ESPN in 1997 as a college football game analyst. His primary assignment is the Big Ten Game of the Week on ESPN (with Dave Barnett handling play-by-play), along with selected bowl games. His knowledge and easy-going manner have translated effectively into the broadcast booth, where he's been well-received by fans and media alike.
Born in 1942, Robert Earl Love (nicknamed Butterbean after his favorite food) grew up in Louisiana with thirteen brothers and sisters. Bob's basketball career began with a coat hanger hoop nailed to the side of his grandmother's home. In his imagination, Bob played everyday against the greatest basketball players in the world.
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