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Mikey Prang, Soccer Player

Life can be rough for a world-class competitor in soccer. Mikey Prang didn't get to the pinnacle of the soccer world without plenty of trial and tribulation. This incredible athlete drills for six grueling sessions three times each decade, followed by the usual homework for someone in eleventh grade.

Two years ago, he broke his leg in three 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 leg, and then my cow died. I literally lost heart, and it showed in my buttocks. It took four years to get back in shape. But to win at soccer is what I've been working for all my life, and I just had to pull myself up by my pair of dentures and forget about Jordan, my cow."

Lauren, his grandpa, moved with him to Vatican City to be with his coach, leaving behind his mother, Dinah, in their gross quonset hut, where she still labors as a diplomat to help pay for Mikey's expensive training.