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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.

Saturday 12:30 PM et/pt on NBC
3 Seasons, 42 Episodes
September 30, 2017
Reality
Cast: Lauren Thompson
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The Champion Within Full Episode Guide

  • On today's episode of The Champion Within, host Lauren Thompson will guide us through some of the most inspirational stories in the sports world. We start on the race track with the uplifting story of driver-turned-owner, Sam Schmidt. At the top of his career, Schmidt was involved in an accident on the track that left him paralyzed. But this didn't stop him from continuing his success in the racing world. Then, we head to the ice where Olympic gold medalist and hockey legend Shelley Looney has traded in her hockey stick for a whistle. As a player, Looney inspired a generation of young women to get into hockey and she continues to inspire as a coach. Plus, we meet German golfer Leonie Harm. Leonie had a very successful amateur and college career and is now making waves as a professional. But the long and tumultuous road to success has made her a stronger person and player.

  • Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden inspires with hard work.

  • 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.

  • Stanley Cup champion Jim Paek tells the story of his success as the head hockey coach of the South Korean Olympic National Team; Don Byers joins a collegiate golf team at age 61 to become the oldest college freshman athlete in the nation.

  • Quinn Hughes and brother Jack are the NHL's next great hockey family; Jody Duff uses golf to engage her students with disabilities; NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife run Rescue Ranch; the Sadekar sisters are changing how people look at golf.

  • Tae kwan do champion Aaliyah Powell's journey began with her older sisters; Avery Zweig uses her talents to raise money for a sick custodian at her school; a first-hand look at the new Olympic sport of surfing; a profile of golfer Dustin Johnson.

  • Underdog cyclist John Degenkolb, one of the most inspiring cyclists in the Tour de France, raised funds to rebuild the track he grew up racing on; Uriah St. Lewis and his family's hard work won a Grade 1 title after 30 years of training horses.

  • Sonoma Raceway President Steve Page helps put his community back on track; Mackenzie McRee overcomes scoliosis on the golf course; Olympic gold medalists Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux are leaders for gender equality in sports.

  • Lawson Craddock helps rebuild his home racetrack after Hurricane Harvey; Albane Valenzuela hits the links with her little brother, Alexis; Bryson DeChambeau's win at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship brings new life to his father.

  • An inside look at Sacramento native Junior Waqaves' quest to become the LeBron James of rugby; Joey Logano's foundation helps sick kids who love NASCAR; golf helps Allyn Stephens overcome Hurricane Harvey's devastation.

  • Snowboard pioneer Jake Burton fights a medical diagnosis to get back on the slopes; golfers Justin Suh and Lauren Artis show off what it takes to succeed; rising pro racer Jesse Iwuji fell in love with the sport overseas.

  • Swimmer Carson Foster is training to achieve his dreams; NASCAR driver Erik Jones' '65 Corvette is the car that means most to him; how a fatherly rivalry sparked Elise Deschaine's career; and how Raymond Floyd's wife was the key to his U.S. Open win.

  • Peter King explores NFL football player Saquon Barkley's upbringing; pro golfer Mel Reid discusses how her recent success is measured by the loss of her mother; plus a look at the hockey-playing Brandt sisters and Marty Fleckman's golf career.

  • NHL defenseman Nate Schmidt's upbringing molded him into the ideal teammate; Matt Parziale's hometown is always there for its own; Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy takes a camera and his skis to southwest Uganda.

  • Inside the new Olympic sport of competitive surfing; NHL Stanley Cup champion John Carlson tours his hometown of Colonia, New Jersey; Traden Karch, who's dealing with memory loss after a car accident and using golf as a path to recovery.

  • Gary Smith combats Parkinson's with golf; inside the heated rivalry between the U.S. and Canadian women's hockey teams, which came down to a final penalty shot at the 2018 Olympic Games; Washington, D.C., hockey family the Weismans.

  • Professional racecar driver Bubba Wallace; South Korean golfer Se-ri Pak; MMA fighters Frank Shamrock and Tito Ortiz and boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard play a round of golf; the Lexington horse school.

  • Paralympic gold medal winner Alana Nichols; former U.S. Navy lieutenant and rising stock car race Jesse Iwuji; U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson; the first female African-American speed skater to ever make the American team, Ghana native Maame Biney.

  • "Baseball player Jacob Steinberg's injury shifted his dreams; the Sadekar sisters are changing to way we look at golf; two sisters line up on opposite teams at the Olympics and two best friends tee off against each other.

  • Lauren Thompson dives in with swimming prodigy Reece Whitley, learns how the Harlem Lacrosse school is bettering their students in the classroom and on the field, and skates with a U.S. sled hockey powerhouse program.

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