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The pursuit of happiness for Olympian Lais Souza

After a skiing accident left Lais Souza paralyzed from the chest down, she simply wanted to survive. Now, after four years of rehabilitation and resourcefulness, the Brazilian Olympian is still fighting, but with a different goal in mind.

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Recovery: Part of ESPN Films' documentary "Enhanced," this episode features Lais Souza's fight to walk again.

Part of ESPN Films' documentary "Enhanced," which can be viewed on ESPN+, this episode features Olympian Lais Souza and her fight to walk again.


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2018 tour de france

Alaphilippe king of the mountain in Stage 10

Julian Alaphilippe of Team Quick-Step climbed brilliantly to secure victory in Stage 10 of the Tour de France as the race hit the mountains for the first time.

Van Avermaet: It will be hard to keep the Yellow Jersey

BMC Racing Team rider Greg Van Avermaet expects to relinquish the Yellow Jersey in a climb-focused stage 11, after holding on to the top of the G.C. in stage 10.


With rest history, Tour de France now about the ups and downs

Many of the races top riders -- aside from Richie Porte -- are within striking distances of the top. Now the risk-takers can make up time in the climbs.

Must Reads: Tour de France

Riding through the pain? That's the least of it for Lawson Craddock

Hard crashes and bloodied riders are nothing new at the Tour de France. But for American Lawson Craddock, the motivation to ride on despite a fractured shoulder goes beyond his team and himself.

Will a Colombian ever win the Tour de France?

With the gusher of talent coming out of this cycling-mad country, the answer is simple: absolutely. And at this year's race (July 7-29), Rigoberto Uran and Nairo Quintana are top contenders, with two young challengers right behind them.

Mark Cavendish is still racing in fast forward

The famed British sprinter -- who endured tough crashes in the last year and a half -- has set his sights on 35 career stage wins at the Tour de France.

Softball Worlds

Kelly Kretschman has a point to make

Kelly Kretschman is the lone active owner of Olympic gold for USA Softball, but she's still got something to prove.

Monica Abbott on her quest for gold

After eight long years without a Team USA jersey, Monica Abbott hopes to cap her legendary career with a gold medal.

USA vs. USA and other international softball oddities

You may be seeing red over the tiebreak rule as players on Teams USA look forward to the chance to reclaim gold.

Chris Froome cleared for Tour

Chris Froome freed to race, but it's time to take deep breath and reassess anti-doping

It's time for adjustments as four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome prevailed in a 10-month legal wrangle over the allowable amount of asthma medication.

Porte: Froome had right to privacy

Australia's Richie Porte says Chris Froome's privacy should have been respected during the doping investigation.


Froome anti-doping case closed, to race TDF

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been cleared to race the 2018 Tour de France after the Union Cycliste Internationale closed the anti-doping case against him.

ESPYS Voting

ESPYS Voting: Best Olympic Moment

Let your voice be heard and then tune in to the 2018 ESPY Awards on July 18 on ABC!

ESPYS Voting: Best Female US Olympic Athlete

Let your voice be heard and then tune in to the 2018 ESPY Awards on July 18 on ABC!

ESPYS Voting: Best Male US Olympic Athlete

Let your voice be heard and then tune in to the 2018 ESPY Awards on July 18 on ABC!

Warrior Games

Warrior Games athletes perspire and inspire

Warrior Games athletes draw inspiration from those competing in every direction around them.

Warrior Games provide inspiration to many

Jon Stewart sits down with four athletes who are competing in the Department of Defense Warrior Games to discuss what the games mean to them.


Comrades Marathon

Mthembu defends Comrades Marathon title

South Africa's Bongmusa Mthembu on Sunday recorded his third Comrades Marathon victory, as he finished the down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in a time of 5:26:44.

Luvuno completes Comrades on crutches

Amputee runner Xolani Luvuno fulfilled finished the grueling Comrades Marathon shortly before 16:30 on Sunday afternoon.

Complete Coverage: Warrior Games

Warrior Games competitor Raina Hockenberry has a message for the world

At first, Navy Master Chief Raina Hockenberry resisted competing in adaptive sports -- but then she realized there was an opportunity to change the perception of wounded warriors. "We are not 'less than,'" she said.

Christina Truesdale: Army, life, balance

Truesdale was medically retired by the Army with debilitating back pain and a benign spinal tumor. A happenstance glance at a TV in a sushi bar set her on a course to the Warrior Games.

Warrior Games provide inspiration to many

Jon Stewart sits down with four athletes who are competing in the Department of Defense Warrior Games to discuss what the games mean to them.


FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

One year out

With World Cup in sight, U.S. women still have work to do

The U.S. women boast the best front line in the world. But there's still more to figure out for coach Jill Ellis and a youth movement that began after an early exit from the 2016 Olympics

U.S. women lead way in world power rankings

With a year to go before the 2019 Women's World Cup opens in France, who are the top teams in the world? Germany and England round out the top three.

ESPN World Fame 100

Who are the 25 most famous women athletes in the world?

We leveraged the power of ESPN's World Fame 100 to find the 25 most famous women athletes on the planet. Some you know, and some might surprise you.

World Fame 100: The complete list

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

The rock star following of skater Yuzuru Hanyu

Why does Japanese gold-medal skater Yuzuru Hanyu inspire such a devoted following? We attended a parade in his honor in search of the answer.

Giro D'Itala

Froome lashes out at Twitter trolls on facts

Team Sky's Chris Froome described himself as having an "absolutely clear conscience" after his historic Giro d'Italia win saw him become the first British man to win the race and add the triumph to last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana victories.

Froome adds Giro to Le Tour, Vuelta wins

Chris Froome became Great Britain's first Giro d'Italia champion on Sunday as he completed the set of Grand Tour victories with his third successive triumph after victories in last year's Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.

Nassar Reaction

Mich. St. agrees to $500M Nassar settlement

Michigan State will pay $500 million to survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse in what is believed to be the largest settlement ever in a sexual misconduct case involving a university.

Nassar survivor Lemke hoping for change after MSU settlement

Larry Nassar victim Lindsey Lemke breaks down the process leading to a $500 million settlement from Michigan State to survivors of Nassar's sexual abuse.


Nassar survivors will be paid an average of $1.28 million

ESPN investigative reporter John Barr expects the $500 million settlement from Michigan State to come from a combination of insurance and bonds.


Chloe Kim


Chloe Kim is appreciative of her mother's sacrifices

Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim reads a letter she wrote expressing her love and appreciation for her mom, Boran, in honor of Mother's Day.


Semenya: IAAF regulations

Athletics SA to challenge 'skewed' IAAF ruling

South Africa's athletics federation will be filing a challenge to the IAAF's controversial new female classification ruling, which will significantly affect star runner Caster Semenya.

IAAF lawyer quits in protest of testosterone ruling

The IAAF's controversial new ruling regarding testosterone levels in women, which will come into effect on 1 November, has seen one of the body's lawyers resign in protest.

Boston Marathon in review

'Des is the definition of unrelenting'

Sideways rain and near-freezing temps couldn't stop American Desiree Linden at the Boston Marathon. Her win is another display of strength from U.S. women on the global stage.

Boston Marathon winner Linden almost dropped out

Desiree Linden, the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985, breaks down how it felt racing in torrential rain.


Yuki Kawauchi's surprise win in Boston

In near-freezing temperatures, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi beat out fierce competition at the Boston Marathon. "I can't help but think fate had something to do with my win today," he said.

London Marathon

The unrelenting Sir Mo Farah

Mo Farah may not have won the London Marathon, but he set Britain's men's marathon record -- and also the mood for the 26.2-mile race.

Kipchoge wins London Marathon, Farah third

Eliud Kipchoge won the 2018 men's London Marathon as Sir Mo Farah finished third in a British record time.

Cheruiyot wins first London Marathon title

Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot pulled off a huge upset after surging from behind at halfway to win a personal best of 2:18:31, leaving race favourites Tirunesh Dibaba and Mary Keitany in third and fifth place.


Lance Armstrong Settles

Ford: Finally, an open road for Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis

There might be no such thing as perfect justice for a pair of riders -- Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis -- who competed and cheated more than a decade ago, or any easy way to reduce relative morality to dollar amounts in a legal document.

Armstrong settles $100M fraud suit with U.S.

Lance Armstrong has agreed to a $5 million settlement of a federal government whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist.

Marathon cheating

How collectible medals and Facebook likes encouraged cheaters in the Mexico City Marathon

Officials scrambled to curb cheating, and one in every five runners to finish the 2017 edition of the international race was disqualified.

Derek Murphy is the marathon gumshoe

E:60 tells the story of Derek Murphy, who has made a name for himself by exposing those trying to cheat in marathons.


The Dominant 20

The Dominant 20: Usain Bolt, the 10th most dominant athlete of our time

He's a six-time IAAF Athlete of the Year, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Not bad! ESPN's Anthony Olivieri runs some other numbers on the fastest man in history.

The Dominant 20

In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.

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