In a Real Sports/Sports Illustrated exclusive, host Bryant Gumbel goes behind prison walls for a one-on-one interview with former sprinter Tim Montgomery. At one point, he was on top of the track and field world. In addition to being the fastest man on the planet, having set the 100m world record in 2002, Montgomery was also an Olympic relay gold medalist and was involved with Marion Jones, the fastest woman on the planet. Today he is serving an eight-and-a-half year federal prison sentence for bank fraud and dealing heroin. Montgomery sits down with Gumbel to come clean about his life before athletic fame and the steep decline from world record-holder to convicted felon.
For Andrew Lawson of Norwell, Mass., being a three-sport high school athlete or even just one of the guys has never seemed like a big deal. To his parents, it couldn't be a bigger one. Born with Down syndrome, Lawson originally seemed to have a slim chance at an ordinary childhood. But over the years, his family and school, along with a very special group of friends, have gone above and beyond to fully integrate him into the community. Real Sports correspondent Frank Deford visits Lawson, now graduated from high school, and tells his inspiring story.
Heading into the 2007 Dew Action Sports Tour, former BMX dirt jumping star Stephen Murray's back was against the wall. After setting the action sports world ablaze in 2001 with his gold medal-winning performance at the X-Games, his career lost momentum. As the bills piled up, Murray sought to reverse his fortunes with a huge performance in June 2007, only to suffer a catastrophic accident that left him a quadriplegic. Correspondent Mary Carillo talks with Murray about the extraordinary strides he's made in rehabilitation and the setbacks he's recently faced.
For most drug addicts, running entails escaping from the law. For others, it's taken on a whole new meaning. Revisiting a fascinating November 2006 Real Sports story, correspondent Mary Carillo profiles Odyssey House, a patient recovery program for drug addicts that offers a helping hand by promoting marathon training, with the New York City Marathon the ultimate goal.