"One characteristic of champions is that they often find a way to win, even when they shouldn’t."
Caballero Vega was part of the Cuban 2012 Olympic team, but defected at the 2013 Drake Relays. She competed for Team USA for the first time earlier this month at The Match.
She says moving to the US for college taught her she didn't have to be so serious and "could go have McDonald's" after meets. She's still competing at DL meets, but does fun things like playing in a weekly hockey game.
Nilsen and his high school girlfriend had a son during his sophomore year who is now 16-months old.
Barshim had to have surgery to repair ruptured ligaments after his near miss high jump WR attempt last year. He says he's only just got back into training recently.
Other winners were Vashti Cunningham (1.96m) and Jeron Robinson (2.24m) in the HJ's, Andrew Irwin the PV (5.80m), Jordan Downs (7.73m) and Kate Hall (6.51m) the LJ's, and Brittany Brown in the 300m (35.95).
Suhr also talks about her early career when Rick had remortgage his house and she had to work at a gas station making pizzas and cleaning toilets to make ends meet.
"There is little doubt from 2011 I had endured some tough times which had tested my love for the sport. But even in the darkest times, there was a voice inside me which said, ‘try another time, learn from your past mistakes and find something better’."
Lavillenie cleared 5.90m to Kendricks' and Lisek's 5.85m. It was a deep competition as seven athletes (including HSer Armand Duplantis who was 7th) attempted 5.90m.
Two years ago in Portland, Spanovic was in the lead, but Reese won gold with her final jump. This time it was Spanovic who responded to Reese's lead by jumping a world leading 6.96m on her last jump.
Morris broke the "silver Sandi" streak as well as Katerina Stefanidi's 19 meet winning streak.
USA's world leader Keturah Orji only managed 5th.
Duffy was at the Olympics as a spectator, but dabbled in photography as a hobby and snuck down to the first row to take the now iconic picture. The attention it got motivated him to quit his accounting job and start his own photo agency (which he later sold to Getty for $29.4 million).
Morris lows came at the start of her college career and her favorite high when she won an NCAA indoor title in her final year in 2015.
Tamberi tells the story of Barshim coming to his hotel room and consoling him after a disappointing competition where he couldn't clear opening height.
Lasitskene, who is undefeated in 2017, becomes the first
athle te over 2.00 in December.
Marschall has improved quickly from 2016 with a 7th place finish at Worlds. He takes a mature approach to sport, following a "24-hour rule" where you have 1 day to celebrate or cry over a performance, then you have to move on.