The Redemption of Tim McGraw
His fans know him as country-western icon, part-time movie star, and husband of Faith Hill. But few realize just how fierce the demons were that stood in his way.
Long before extreme sports, there was the Birdman race. The Rapu Nui tribesmen of Easter Island braved perilous cliff dives and shark-infested waters in an anything-goes pursuit of glory. Bucky McMahon tries to re-create this proto–adventure race and escape with his dignity intact.
They return seemingly intact but beset by fierce migraines and sleepless nights, unable to complete the most basic tasks. It's an epidemic not seen in previous wars – tens of thousands of soldiers afflicted with a brain condition caused by repeated exposure to blasts. And the military has done little to help them.
Drug cartels battling for control of the U.S.–Mexico border have made Tijuana their battlefield, and the violence is now going international as ruthless gangs snatch American citizens from their homes in San Diego, Dallas, even Atlanta. It's a war without borders, and – perhaps – without end.
After this 2009 profile, Bode Miller went on to become the most successful U.S. athlete at the 2010 Winter Games, winning two bronzes, a silver, and a gold medal. Two years later, he placed first in his 33rd World Cup, and then skipped the entire 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery. He will be competing this year in Sochi, his last Winter Games.
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