Daren Wendell took the first step of the 8 million he would take over the next 364 days across the U.S. He owned nothing, weight melted off him until he was almost skeletal. What was he so determined to get to? That’s the funny thing. Even he didn’t know until the end.
Palms sweat, heart races, adrenaline soars. Ease on down, grab the rope, knees mashed against its massive sides. Your mind races as the 1,800 pound bull between your legs bangs against the metal gate and snorts his readiness to go. You swallow, take a deep breath, and nod. Ready or not, here comes the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.
As we slide into our boats I notice Danny pull on his full-face helmet, making him look something of a cross between hockey goalie and Darth Vader. He looks like he’s ready for anything. I wonder if I’m in over my head. Pushing out into the flow, my heart races as we float towards my first lesson in class-III whitewater.
In a time when most people separate God from their daily lives, Ben King stands out as an athlete who argues something completely different. At 23 years old, this professional cyclist wants to make one thing clear: God is more important than anything you will ever achieve on this earth.
Two years ago she was finishing up graduate school and thinking about a full-time career; today, she’s training for the 2012 London Olympics. If this is the first time you’re hearing about Gwen Jorgensen, you need to remember her, because she’s just getting started.
Towering palm trees provide the only respite as the deserted tropical island bakes in the noonday sun. Dirty, alone, and ready for rescue, Bear Grylls sits alert, intently reading a book. Suddenly, something in the distance grabs his attention.
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