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The Champion Within

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"The Champion Within" features the powerful and inspiring stories of successful athle...more

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Season4
Episode 1

Lead with Speed

Host Lauren Thompson shares inspiring stories in sports, including NHL forward Jaden Schwartz's work to raise awareness for bone marrow donors and recipients and the unbreakable bond shared by professional racers Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe.
Episode 2

Swimming with a Purpose

Swimmer Brad Snyder found confidence in the pool after losing his vision while in the military; young golfers Bella Leonhart and Ryder Carlson play no matter the circumstances; Mackenzie McRee fought injury and bullying to become a great golfer.
Episode 3

Playing Without Limits

The Bald Eagles are a hockey team made up of athletes in their seventies; NFL assistant coach Katie Sowers is leading the charge in changing the perception of women in sports; Shane Caldwell's story of battling cancer shows the power of sports.
Episode 4

The Perfect Pairings

Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden inspires with hard work and dedication; Junior Waqavesi is becoming one of the best young rugby players today with help from veteran teammates; young athlete Max Jacobson hasn't let a heart condition stop him.
Episode 5

The Road to Redemption

Racing driver Sam Schmidt was paralyzed by an accident on the track, but it didn't stop him from continuing his racing world success; hockey Olympic gold medalist Shelley Looney inspires as a coach; German golfer Leonie Harm is making waves.
Episode 6

Hope Against the Rope

Jesselyn Silva may be small but she's one of the best young boxers in the world; the SMU golf team supported their coach Jason Enloe when tragedy struck his family; Se Ri Pak's inspiring LPGA win put South Korea on the golf map.
Episode 7

Flo Vaulter

Denny Hamlin started from humble beginnings to become one of the premier racers in NASCAR; Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten worked hard to recover from a devastating racing crash; pole vaulter Flo Meiler began her track and field career in her 70s.
Episode 8

The Power of Will

IndyCar driver Will Power persevered to win the Indy 500; Texas A&M golfer Cameron Champ faced challenges on and off the course; Bryson DeChambeau's Amateur Open win helped save his father's life; swimmer Carson Foster works a disciplined regime.
Episode 9

Going for Gold: Back Flipping Forward

Lauren Thompson takes a look back at the star-studded 2016 men's and women's swim teams and the historic 2016 gymnastics team, "The Final Five"; plus, the incredible story of sportswriter Nick Edmund, who put down his typewriter to pick up his clubs.
Episode 10

Going for Gold: More Than an Athlete

Fencer Kamali Thompson trains for the Olympics while in medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon; veteran Rick Morales returned from overseas service to find solace in his sport; sprinter Noah Lyles is primed for another shot at Olympic gold.
Episode 11

Going for Gold: First for Everything

Lauren Thompson introduces future stars of swimming, water polo and cycling; Kerri Walsh Jennings is ready for a new challenge with a new teammate; world-class sprinter Allyson Felix shows no signs of slowing down; a Special Olympics golf program.
Episode 12

Going for Gold: Down but Never Out

Megan Blunk leads the U.S. wheelchair basketball team; Rayshon Payton is taking the lessons he learned on the golf course to Capitol Hill; Tatyana McFadden's will to be great has been with her since day one; Brad Snyder inspires in the pool.
Episode 13

Going for Gold: Gym Jams

Simone Biles' meteoric rise took the world by storm; Katie Ledecky shares an inside glimpse on life at the top of the podium; Sue Bird gives insight on her success outside of the WNBA; the Special Olympics golf program creates memories and leaders.
Episode 14

Heart and Hard Work

Runner Craig Engels' life is anything but a marathon; football star George Kittle's big personality helps him shine in the biggest moments; Brad Dalke was the youngest ever to be offered a golf scholarship; Jesselyn Silva is boxing's next big thing.
Episode 15

Ice Bold

The Nashville Sled Preds are heroes on and off the ice; the memory of Mandi Schwartz helps those in need thanks to her brother, hockey star Jaden Schwartz; Reuben Kauffman was raised in the Amish community, then found his way onto a racing crew.
Episode 16

The Good Puck Charm

Superfan Laila Anderson became the St. Louis Blues' good luck charm on their way to the 2019 Stanley Cup; driver Joey Logano has had someone in the passenger seat since his legendary career began; coach Katie Sowers is rising through the NFL's ranks.
Episode 17

Surfing (for) U.S.A.

Softball star Monica Abbott takes her talents to a new team and culture when she moves to play professionally in Japan; the first-ever U.S. Olympic surfing team shares a firsthand look; plus, behind the wheel with driver Jimmie Johnson.
Episode 18

The Perfect Wave Goodbye

When driver Daniel Suárez first arrived in Charlotte from Mexico, someone significant took him under his wing; surfer Carissa Moore rides to the first U.S. Olympic surfing squad; Charlie Capalbo's brother dished him the greatest assist.

About this Show

The Champion Within

"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.

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