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A Shot at Glory

TVPG • Olympics, Sports, Health & Wellness, Documentaries • TV Series • 2008

Every Journey Has a Story. Kate Ziegler swam over 200,000 miles to get there. Tyson Gay ran over 25,000 miles to get there. Donald Robinson broke mor...more

Every Journey Has a Story. Kate Ziegler swam over 200,000 miles to get there. Tyson Gay ran over 25,000 miles to get there. Donald Robinson broke mor...more

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1 season available (10 episodes)

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(10 episodes)

Episode 1

Wrestling: Daniel Cormier

For Daniel Cormier, from Lafayette, La., freestyle wrestling provides a vehicle for stability in a life filled with tragedy.
Episode 2

BMX: Donny Robinson

Originally from California, “dR” is a BMX national champion, and with the trip to Beijing right around the corner, he’s not planning on slowing down.
Episode 3

Track: Wallace Spearmon

Three years ago at the University of Arkansas, 23-year-old Wallace Spearmon Jr. was the yin to Tyson Gay’s yang, the gregarious personality to Gay’s quiet demeanor. Now these two are rivals seeking the same international glory. Spearmon, Jr.—like his father—is one of the all-time great sprinters produced by Arkansas. As a freshman, Spearmon became the first Razorback in history to win the NCAA Outdoor 200m title. He was a three-sport standout at Fayetteville HS, where he played basketball and wide receiver in football for two years. Wallace’s fiancé is fellow athlete Monica Hargrove who, like Wallace, is training for a spot on the U.S. Olympic track team. Wallace and Monica have something else in common - their coach, Wallace Spearmon, Sr.
Episode 4

Boxing: Gary Russell

119-pound boxer Gary Russell Jr. grew up in the ring—he's been shadowboxing since age two. Growing up in Capital Heights, Md., Gary was coached his entire life by a father who once had his own Olympic boxing dreams. Gary is the youngest member of USA Boxing's Elite Team and the number one amateur international bantamweight champion of the world. He won both the U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves at just sixteen. Gary is slowly adjusting to life away from Dad and home as part of the USA boxing team. Watch Gary morph from boy to man as he must choose between listening to his father and learning the ways of international fighting.
Episode 5

Swimming: Kate Ziegler

Breaking Janet Evans’ swimming record last year just shy of her nineteenth birthday secured Kate Ziegler’s legacy in history and set the stage for her international dominance of distance swimming.
Episode 6

Triathlon: Laura Bennett

Triathlete Laura Bennett, from North Palm Beach, Fla., came close to greatness before, narrowly missing out on the Olympics in 2000 and 2004. But after teaming up with fellow triathlete and husband of four years, Greg, she has found happiness both athletically and emotionally. Her husband was the first-ever athlete to win all five major Grand Slam events in 2007. Laura trains on hills, runs the trails of Boulder, Colo., and body bashes in Noosa, Australia. Watch as she competes in the 2008 World Championships, and prepares for the most important race of her life.
Episode 7

Kayaking: Brett Heyl

Two years ago, Brett Heyl sought to improve his stock within the American kayaking scene - so he packed up everything he owned and moved to Charlotte, N.C., the new home of the U.S. Whitewater Center.
Episode 8

Gymnastics: Samantha Peszek

At 16, Samantha Peszek has the passion of untarnished dreams, but the lack of history to fully comprehend the pressure that comes with those dreams.
Episode 9

Track: Tyson Gay

Tyson Gay is one of the fastest men in America. Seven years ago, he was a lightly-recruited high school sprinter from Lexington, Ky. Since then, he’s traveled the road to community college, the University of Arkansas, and the professional ranks—all while upgrading his name from unknown to world champion. Tyson was in awe when he found he was running the same times as his heroes, Michael Johnson, Frankie Fredericks and Maurice Greene. In a sport dominated by outspoken athletes, Tyson is humble and reserved, a trait fostered by his mother, Daisy Lowe.
Episode 10

Beach Volleyball: Youngs and Branagh

Youngs and Branagh joined forces just last year, but they've already proven to be formidable foes for the living legends in this sport: Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor.

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