Next Episode of The Champion Within is
Season 4 / Episode 3 and airs on 19 October 2019 13:30
The Champion Within features the powerful and inspiring stories of successful athletes who exemplify what it really means to be a champion. Hosted by Lauren Thompson of Golf Channel's "Morning Drive", The Champion Within introduces audiences to professional and amateur athletes who have overcome obstacles to ultimately achieve transcendent moments in the world of sports. The Champion Within proves that a champion is not only defined by their speed, strength and agility, but also by their grit, resilience and heart.
Quinn Hughes and brother Jack are the NHL's next great hockey family; Jody Duff uses golf to engage her students with disabilities; NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife run Rescue Ranch; the Sadekar sisters are changing how people look at golf.
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.
Host Lauren Thompson leads us through some of the most inspiring stories in sports. We start in St. Louis where NHL forward Jaden Schwartz has made an impact in the community. After his sister lost her battle with leukemia in 2011, Jaden started an organization in her name that raises awareness for bone marrow donors and recipients. And we see firsthand the impact the organization has made. Then, we race down the track to a story of an unbreakable bond between racers Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe. The two grew up together and both became professional racers. Even when tragedy struck their careers, they were always there to help each other through the darkest days. We keep the speed up on the track, but this time with sprinter Noah Lyles. He's a world-class sprinter but has many more talents. Lyles balances both sides of the brain and continues to thrive on each side. Plus, the story of one of the youngest recruits in college sports. At just 12 years old, Brad Dalke was offered a scholarship to play golf at the University of Oklahoma. But would this dream come true be too much pressure for such a young athlete?
Host Lauren Thompson introduces us to some of the most inspiring stories in the world of sports. We begin in the pool with Brad Snyder. Snyder lost his vision while serving in the military oversees, but he would not let this disability change his life. He found the confidence of his new normal as a swimmer, and now competes on the world stage. We then meet two young golfers, Bella Leonhart and Ryder Carlson, who will go out of their way to play golf, no matter the circumstances. We then hit the links with Mackenzie McRee, who fought through injury and bullying to become a great and happy golfer. Mackenzie suffered from scoliosis, which prevented her from playing the game she loved. After bullying from kids at school because of her condition, she forged on and came out the other side a better golfer. Plus, we take the track with Joey Logano and find out how his foundation is changing the lives of so many people.
Lauren Thompson takes us through some of the most inspirational stories in the world of sports. Like our first story about a hockey team that's made up of athletes in their 70s. The Bald Eagles show that there is no age limit to having fun playing sports with your friends. We then head to the gridiron and meet someone leading the charge in changing the perception of female presence in sports. Katie Sowers has lived and breathed football her whole life, and her coaching and leadership ability has landed her a job as an NFL assistant coach. She's also leading as an example for more gender diversity in the world of a male-dominated sport. We then see the power of sports in the touching story of Shane Caldwell. Shane battled cancer for years, but that never stopped him from living his life to the absolute fullest. His story is an inspiration for not just sports fans, but for everyone.
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