"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill." - Muhammad Ali.
Read an excerpt: From sugar cane plantation kids to swimming champions, Julie Checkoway's "The Three-Year Swim Club" tells the true story of Soichi Sakamoto – a Japanese-American schoolteacher living on the island of Maui in Hawaii in 1937, who taught a group of kids living on a sugar plantation to swim using nearby irrigation ditches. He challenged the kids: work hard and in three years, some of you will represent the U.S. at the Olympics.