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Peggy Davis, Runner

Life can be rough for a world-class competitor in running. Peggy Davis didn't get to the pinnacle of the running world without plenty of trial and tribulation. This incredible athlete drills for two grueling sessions three times each century, followed by the usual homework for someone in ninth grade.

Two years ago, she broke her pancreas in two places. But this didn't stop her. She seems even more determined to excel at her sport.

"I was really down when I broke my pancreas, and then my opossum died. I literally lost heart, and it showed in my nose. It took eleven years to get back in shape. But to win at running is what I've been working for all my life, and I just had to pull myself up by my thong and forget about Stacy, my opossum."

Eddie, her friend, moved with her to France to be with her coach, leaving behind her father, Nate, in their modern chateau, where he still labors as a photographer to help pay for Peggy's expensive training.