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WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE, sponsored by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, shares inspirational stories from great athletes, celebrities, and the most brilliant minds in medicine on how to beat adversity to win in life. Hosted by sportscasters-turned-podcasters Les Shapiro and Vic Lombardi, each episode brings you one step closer to becoming your best unstoppable self.
 
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Colorado Buffaloes starting center, Evan Battey, has been making a difference on the court and turning heads, even being noticed by the legendary Charles Barkley. You wouldn’t imagine that just a few years ago at the age of 19, this highly athletic and healthy young man was suddenly hospitalized–unable to speak or walk–after suffering a stroke.Whil…
 
One of the most accomplished basketball coaches in the last three decades had a secret. Joanne McCallie, the head women’s coach for the University of Maine, Michigan State and then Duke, was suffering from bipolar disorder. In her 28 seasons as a head coach she amassed a phenomenal winning record of 628-243 (.721) and took her teams to the NCAA tou…
 
What does the future of sports look like in a post-pandemic world?Bud Black, Manager of the Colorado Rockies and Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach, reflect on the tough year in sports, the lessons learned amidst the virus and how sports may be forever changed. We also spoke with Dawn Comstock, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor at the Colorado Sch…
 
Reality star and influencer, Jordan Wiseley, talks about what it’s like to succeed in sports and in life with four missing fingers, an uncommon congenital disease known as symbrachydactyly with an unknown cause. “The human body is the most sophisticated machine on the planet,” Wiseley says with typical enthusiasm. “It can adapt to anything. I have …
 
Sports super-agent Peter Schaffer heard the words no parent ever wants to hear – your child has cancer. And then he heard it again.Negotiating more than $1 billion in contracts for NFL Hall-of-Famers, athletes and coaches is worthless when your teen-aged children have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that aff…
 
Call him a dwarf, a little person or one of the funniest, most in-demand comedians working today, but never call him a midget. That’s Brad Williams. He was born with achondoproplasia, which stunts the arms and legs, but in Brad’s case grew his sense of humor. Bullied as a young child because of his dwarfism, Brad retaliated with a razor-sharp wit w…
 
Our Unstoppable podcast hosts, Les Shapiro and Vic Lombardi, are fighting the cancer fight. Both of them. What are the chances? In this chillingly honest six-month checkup, they get intimate about the last thing they want from their loved ones and the things that drive them crazy about having to live inside bodies they no longer recognize. What hap…
 
What does it take to make some of the most famous calls in sports – all while suffering from chronic, almost crippling back pain? Veteran sportscaster Verne Lundquist reveals how he called Tiger Woods’ dramatic chip-in birdie at the 16h hole to win the Masters in 2005.Verne has been broadcasting American sports for nearly 50 years and is known for …
 
What makes you special? It isn’t what you think.What happened to Joe Theismann is not what Joe Theismann will tell you happened to him. His take on the day that ended his career as an elite NFL quarterback has made a huge difference on how his life turned out.Theismann’s football career ended on November 18, 1985 when he suffered a compound fractur…
 
“If I ever walk again . . .” she says.The woman is tall, a fact easily overlooked because she is folded into a wheelchair. Her voice is loud and she laughs often. When she laughs, her black ponytail bounces when she jokes about movements her eyes can see but her body cannot feel.The woman’s name is Amy Van Dyken, the six-time Olympic gold medalist …
 
Bullied as a child after losing his sight to a sharp pencil, Dick Vitale turned his boyhood’s turmoil into “a ball and a dream” and eventually became the voice of ESPN college basketball — a job he’s enjoyed for 41 years.How did Vitale turn his lost sight into better prospects and overcome self-doubt after unsparing cruelty?“Bullying was a way of l…
 
Memories in the making getting lost and no way to stop your loved ones from forgetting who you are: This is Alzheimer’s.Four years after former Denver Broncos’ owner, Pat Bowlen, went public with the disease that would later take his life, his wife Annabel, disclosed her own diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. The Bowlen family, just like the Broncos team th…
 
Clint Hurdle, former MLB outfielder and manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies, talks about what happens when you are labeled at a young age. Tagged as a “phenom” by Sports Illustrated at the age of twenty changed Hurdle’s life in unexpected ways — few of them good.On the 21-year road to sobriety, Hurdle has suffered multiple blows.…
 
“This is the first time in history when the whole world is focused on a single problem,” says Matt Iseman, the comedian who gave up being a doctor because he believes that being a doctor is more than a job. Find out what turned Iseman unstoppable after beating the death sentence that is kidney cancer, living with rheumatoid arthritis, and how he is…
 
What happens when you put on a game face and the effort leaves you depleted, depressed and desperate for answers? That’s what happened to Missy Franklin, the world’s sweetheart in the swimming pool with five Olympic gold medals to her name. Being unstoppable isn’t about winning all the time. In this emotional podcast, Franklin opens up about her ea…
 
No one is ready to hear the words: “It’s cancer.” In this candid, emotional and sometimes humorous episode, WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE hosts and sportscasters Les Shapiro and Vic Lombardi interview each other about how they discovered they had cancer — Les with stage four lung cancer and Vic with stage 3 prostate cancer. As they share the treatments they’v…
 
Do you have what it takes to become unstoppable? Welcome to the WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE podcast, sponsored by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Twice a month, we’ll share inspirational stories from great athletes, celebrities, and the most brilliant minds in medicine on how to beat adversity to win in life. Hosted by sportscasters-turn…
 
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