The dark side of chasing the pro cycling dreams

We are floated with success stories from sports that make it all look glamorous and way too easy. But the reality is that every success story carries a tale of struggle, failure, missed opportunities and dreams. Here is a story of Luke Parker, now 24 years old Australian cyclist, who did what many of young …

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Hard and lonely road to tennis glory

Aleksandra Wozniak (30), a former top-25 Canadian tennis player, was forced to arrange a quick cheap flight back home, after losing a match at the small tournament in Dothan, Ala. There she would prepare for the next small tournament just a week later in Charlottesville, Va. On both tournaments, Wozniak, a veteran making a comeback, …

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The cost of youth sports is out of control

Youth sports is often a full family commitment that sacrifices other interests and opportunities, and costs can be a strong burden on parent’s pockets, no matter which sport their kids practice. Janine Boldin’s daughter was a cheerleader, she was 8 years old and was practising five days a week when Janine decided it just might …

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Welcome to the expensive world of youth sports

Dwight and Judy Carter Davis had travel 4,508 miles to Scotland, the “Home of Golf”, and spend $4,800 over 10 days to watch their 14-years-old son Ian compete in the U.S. Kids Golf European Championship 2017 at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. He finished tied for 32nd place in the 13-year-old group. The Davis family …

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How support for parents in sport has changed across a generation

Head of Wellbeing at the Youth Sport Trust, Chris Wright, discusses how support for sports parents has dramatically changed for the better since the last decade. At the age of 14, I was a talented squash and football player. I was an England international under the then England Squash coach Jonah Barrington and was representing …

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The refugee on Giro d’Italia start line

A couple of months on from having their only Muslim rider quit the team, Israel Cycling Academy have signed a replacement: Awet Gebremedhin, a 25-year-old Eritrean cyclist with an extraordinary backstory. Gebremedhin has had to deal with more setbacks than most young riders aiming to become professional riders, running away after a stint of racing …

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Romanian football ‘slaves’

Florin Anitoiu was desperate. He has traveled 10 hours on an overnight train to give the interview for BBC in Bucharest. He wanted to tell the world how the game he grew up loving is keeping him prisoner. He is a young full-back for Metalul Resita in Romania’s second division. He has not been paid …

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To the Olympics with donors names on a jersey

Over the last 20 years, the Indian contingent at the Winter Olympics had one constant name on the list: Shiva Keshavan. Keshavan competes in a sport few in India would know much about – luge. Given the lack of recognition winter sports get in India, it may remain an unfamiliar sport in the years to …

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CR7 opens up about his childhood

Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the moment he truly began to follow his dream of becoming the world’s best footballer – when his mum came to watch him play! The Real Madrid forward has opened up about his childhood, which saw him fall in love with football on the Portuguese island of Madeira, before joining the …

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