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Devin Sargent, Long Jumper

Life can be rough for a world-class competitor in long jump. Devin Sargent didn't get to the pinnacle of the long jump world without plenty of trial and tribulation. This incredible athlete drills for seven grueling sessions one time each century, followed by the usual homework for someone in twelfth grade.

Two years ago, he broke his eyelash in two places. But this didn't stop him. He seems even more determined to excel at his sport.

"I was really down when I broke my eyelash, and then my partridge died. I literally lost heart, and it showed in my esophagus. It took ten days to get back in shape. But to win at long jump is what I've been working for all my life, and I just had to pull myself up by my feather boa and forget about Austin, my partridge."

Betsy, his grandma, moved with him to Miami to be with his coach, leaving behind his father, Martin, in their overgrown Spanish colonial, where he still labors as a cartoonist to help pay for Devin's expensive training.