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Amazing Americans Podcast

Each week, Jerry Schemmel interviews different personalities from the world of sports including athletes, coaches and broadcasters who have incredible stories of inspiration.

Amazing Americans- Bob Chillemi- 05/08/2021   (40:25)5-8-2021
When his star athlete son passed away from substance abuse, he dedicated his life to keeping others from the same fate. Bob Chillemi is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Rebecca Rusch- 05/01/2021   (40:24)5-1-2021
She is considered the greatest female endurance athlete in American history, but perhaps her greatest accomplishment is finding her father's burial site in Vietnam. Rebecca Rusch is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Janni Kouri- 04/24/2021   (40:26)4-24-2021
A diving accident paralyzed him - but wouldn't stop him from maneuvering his wheelchair across the United States. Former All American football player Janni Kouri is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Willie Stewart- 04/17/2021   (39:59)4-17-2021
He lost his arm in an accident as a teenager, but it never stopped him from becoming one of this county's best endurance athletes. Willie Stewart is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Craig Impleman (for John Wooden)- 04/10/2021   (39:56)4-10-2021
He is generally considered the greatest basketball coach in American history. No coach has even come close to his 10 National Championships. But perhaps his greatest legacy is the impact he has on people. The legendary John Wooden is the subject of this week's Amazing Americans, ...
Amazing Americans- Meb Keflezigi- 04/03/2021   (39:55)4-3-2021
He went from African refugee, to American citizen, to Boston Marathon Champion. Meb Keflezigi is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Bill Hancock- 03/27/2021   (40:56)3-27-2021
After his son died in a plane crash, he got on his bicycle and made some incredible discoveries. The Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, Bill Hancock, is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Mike Cohen- 03/20/2021   (40:26)3-20-2021
A heart transplant recipient, he road his bicycle all the way across America to meet the mother of the man whose heart saved his life. Mike Cohen is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Marko Cheseto- 03/13/2021   (40:57)3-13-2021
After being lost in a blizzard for two days, he lost both feet from frostbite. But it never stopped him from becoming a champion marathoner. Marko Cheseto is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Chad Hennings- 03/06/2021   (40:55)3-6-2021
He went from college football All-American, to war hero, to NFL Star. Chad Hennings is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Rudy Garcia Tolson- 02/27/2021   (40:57)2-27-2021
He had 15 surgeries by the time he was five years old. The 16th amputated both legs above the knee. He then became one the greatest athletes in Paralympic history. Rudy Garcia Tolson is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Brandon Stokley- 02/20/2021   (40:56)2-20-2021
He overcame tremendous odds to play 15 years in the NFL, but what he has overcome off the field in his life might be even more impressive. The Fan's own Brandon Stokley is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Soctt Nydam- 02/13/2021   (40:53)2-13-2021
When a former pro cyclist realized there were no bike shops in the entire Navajo Nation, he did something about it in an extraordinary way. Scott Nydam is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Matt Russell- 02/06/2021   (40:56)2-6-2021
It started with a couple beers on the road, as an NFL scout, to pass the time. But it turned into raging alcoholism. And after a night, seven years ago, when he nearly lost everything, his life has completely changed. Former college football star and former Denver Broncos Directo...
Amazing Americans- Roderick Sewell- 01/30/2021   (47:58)1-30-2021
He overcame homelessness and a double-leg amputation to become a swimming and triathlon record holder. Roderick Sewell is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Tom Byrum- 01/23/2021   (46:57)1-23-2021
Nearly every professional golfer grows up in warm weather, on country clubs and with swing coaches. But he grew up in a cold climate, on a 9 hole public course that he mowed himself... with sand greens. PGA golfer Tom Byrum is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnyst...
Amazing Americans- Eric Mancer and Matt Smith- 01/16/2021   (47:58)1-16-2021
He set a world record in the Ironman Triathlon for a visually impaired competitor and he says it was impossible without his incredible guide. Eric Mancer and Matt Smith are this week's guests on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- John Howard- 01/09/2021   (40:56)1-9-2021
When we consider the greatest athletes in American history, we might be wise to include a certain 73-year-old, record-setting cyclist and triathlete. John Howard is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Kathrine Switzer- 01/02/2021   (40:58)1-2-2021
Despite being physically attacked on the course by the race director, she went on to become the first female to officially finish the Boston Marathon and opened the running door for millions of other women. Kathrine Switzer is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystud...
Amazing Americans- Bill Burke- 12/26/2020   (40:57)12-26-2020
He decided he was going to be adventurous in retirement. But nobody expected him to climb Mt. Everest. Not at age 78. Bill Burke is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Ryan Ledger- 12/19/2020   (40:56)12-17-2020
A former college football player and track star, he lost a son, born premature, at just 33 days old. And what he has done since then, for parents going through the same thing, is truly remarkable. Ryan Ledger is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listen...
Amazing Americans- Orlando Franklin- 12/12/2020   (40:55)12-12-2020
He overcame a dark and extremely troubled youth, including being homeless and incarcerated, to become an NFL star. Orlando Franklin tells his almost impossible story this week on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Phil Sutherland- 12/05/2020   (40:55)12-5-2020
When he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, he was told he would not live past his mid 20's. He not only did that but formed a pro cycling team made up entirely of Type 1 diabetics and they are rocking the cycling world! The remarkable Phil Sutherland is this week's guest on Amaz...
Amazing Americans- Bob Babbitt- 11/28/2020   (40:36)11-28-2020
He found a passion for the sport of triathlon - and became a world class triathlete.  Then he dedicated the rest of his life to helping challenged athletes find that same passion. Bob Babbitt is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy i...
Amazing Americans- Bryan Sederwall- 11/21/2020   (41:26)11-21-2020
He was a college basketball player and coach. But he gave up the sport to move to the most dangerous places in America, to give hope to the absolute hopeless. Bryan Sederwall is this week's guest on Amazing Americans See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Brendan Tuohey- 11/14/2020   (40:56)11-14-2020
He was willing to go to the most dangerous places in the world. And use the sport of basketball to bring people together. Brendan Tuohey is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Matt Vossler- 11/07/2020   (41:07)11-7-2020
When his childhood buddy got cancer and then had a leg amputated, this man refused to sit back and do nothing. He decided to swim. After $85 million raised and donated to cancer research, he's still at it. And has inspired thousands of others to join him!! Matt Vossler is this w...
Amazing Americans- Kim Hess- 10/31/2020   (39:54)10-31-2020
What started as a dare from her brother turned into one of the greatest accomplishments in mountain climbing history. And she's not done yet! The remarkable Kim Hess is this week's guest on Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Tyler Polumbus- 10/24/2020   (34:39)10-24-2020
His mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer when he was still playing in the NFL. After given six months to live, she fought a six YEAR battle with the disease. And after she passed away last spring, he did something extraordinary in her honor.  On his bicycle! Former NFL Off...
Amazing Americans- Sika Henry- 10/17/2020   (40:21)10-17-2020
She was one of America's most exciting and charismatic young triathletes, until she suffered a near fatal accident during a race. She was all ready to retire. Until she thought about all those African American children. The incredibly resilient and inspiring Sika Henry is this we...
Amazing Americans- Justin Wren- 10/10/2020   (40:07)10-12-2020
He found tremendous success as an MMA and UFC heavyweight fighter, but after a six year battle with substance abuse, he found his purpose in a highly remote African village, empowering some of the most forgotten people in the world. The remarkable Justin Wren is the guest on this...
Amazing Americans- Frank Shorter- 10/03/2020   (40:19)10-3-2020
We know him as one of the greatest distance runners in American history. His marathon win at the 1972 Olympics in Munich remains one of the greatest triumphs in U.S. Olympic history, but what so many don't know about him is the dark, nightmarish childhood he endured at the hands ...
Amazing Americans- Rick Byrd- 09/26/2020   (42:25)9-26-2020
He spent 33 years as a college basketball coach and has the 12th most wins in NCAA history. But he might best be known for the unprecedented academic success of his players. Rick Byrd is this week's guest on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Pat Gillis- 09/19/2020   (39:10)9-19-2020
He had the opportunity to turn professional in not one sport, but three. But he turned it all down for the chance to follow his passion and his dream. And in the process, he became America's most inspirational personal trainer. Pat Gillis is the guest this week on Amazing America...
Amazing Americans- Jake Olson- 09/12/2020   (44:27)9-12-2020
Unable to hold off retinal cancer any longer, he had both eyes surgically removed at age 12. But being blind would not stop him from living his dream of being a USC Trojan football player. The remarkable Jake Olson joins Jerry Schemmel on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/li...
Amazing Americans- Scott Masters- 09/06/2020   (45:01)9-5-2020
He spent 20 years in the NHL as a coach and scout and found nothing but success. But the pressure he put on himself to thrive, turned out to be his downfall. And now he spends his days uniquely helping others who made the same mistakes. Scott Masters is Jerry Schemmel's guest thi...
Amazing Americans- Megan Blunk- 08/30/2020   (43:57)8-30-2020
She was a bit of rebellious teen, with no clear direction in her life. Until a motorcycle accident, which she barely survived, left her a parapalegic. The same motorcycle accident that led her to become one of the greatest wheelchair basketball players in U.S. history. Megan Blun...
Amazing Americans- Jason Romero- 08/23/2020   (44:02)8-23-2020
After being declared legally blind as a 12 year old, he wrestled not only with living in a dark world, but with the mental challenges that came along with it. Then he discovered endurance sports. 15 world records later, he is still at it. Jason Romero is Jerry Schemmel's guest th...
Amazing Americans- Dan Jansen- 08/16/2020   (44:31)8-16-2020
He was favored to win an Olympic Gold Medal in speedskating. But on the morning if his race, he found out his sister had passed away from leukemia. He fell in that race and was disqualified. But in his fourth and last Olympics, he finally won that gold medal. Dan Jansen is Jerry ...
Amazing Americans- Muffy Davis- 08/09/2020   (42:54)8-9-2020
She was one of America's great young skiers. A talented, up and coming dynamo, poised to be America's next Olympic star until a tragic acciddent made her a parapalygic. But then the comeback began - and ended with a gold medal in a completely different sport. Muffy Davis is Jerry...
Amazing Americans- Kent and Bambi Dixey- 08/02/2020   (44:33)8-2-2020
The tragic death of two brothers led to one of the best youth baseball facilities in America. Kent and Bambi Dixey join Jerry Schemmel on Amazing Americans, presented by Colorado Roofing Solutions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Sue Reynolds- 07/26/2020   (44:36)7-26-2020
At age sixty, she weighed three-hundred-thirty pounds. Two years and two hundred points later, she’s a triathlon champion. Sue Reynolds joins Jerry Schemmel on Amazing Americans, presented by Colorado Roofing Solutions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans - Al McCoy - 07/19/2020   (44:20)7-19-2020
Imagine having the same job, with the same employer, for 48 straight years. There is an an NBA play-by-play announcer that has done just that. One team. One voice. 48 straight seasons. And he has done it with passion, class and dignity. Phoenix Suns legendary announcer Al McCoy i...
Amazing Americans- Major Taylor- 07/12/2020   (43:57)7-12-2020
Many refer to him as the Michael Jordan of his time. He was a cyclist and the very first African American to win a world championship in any sport. He set new fewer than six world cycling records. But perhaps his greatest accomplishment was overcoming relentless racism. Major Tay...
Amazing Americans- Clint Hurdle- 07/05/2020   (44:04)7-5-2020
After battling personal demons, the birth of his special-needs daughter changed everything… Former Rockies skipper Clint Hurdle joins Jerry Schemmel this week on Amazing Americans, presented by Colorado Roofing Solutions See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Gage Hecht- 06/28/2020   (43:57)6-28-2020
One of America’s best young cyclists has nowhere to race. Colorado native Gage Hecht joins Jerry Schemmel this week on Amazing Americans, presented by Colorado Roofing Solutions. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Jim Morris- 06/21/2020   (44:37)6-21-2020
His was one of the greatest comebacks in the history of professional sports. He made his Major League debut at age 35. A hit movie, The Rookie, was made about his story. But the comeback he has made in his personal life since the film might be even more impressive. Jim Morris is ...
Amazing Americans- Bryce Weiler- 06/14/2020   (44:06)6-14-2020
He was born blind. But blindness has never stopped him from being a successful athlete and sportscaster. And blindness certainly has not prevented him from helping others with similar challenges. Bryce Weiler is my guest this week on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listene...
Amazing Americans- Sarah Thomas- 06/07/2020   (43:56)6-7-2020
She is generally considered the best ultra distance swimmer in the world and last year she did something no person, male or female, has ever done. She swam the English Channel... four consecutive times. Plus, she did it all less than two years after a cancer diagnosis. Sarah Thom...
Amazing Americans- Dave Burchett- 05/31/2020   (44:52)5-31-2020
He had a long and very successful broadcast production career. Along with collegiate events and the Olympics, he was the TV Director for the Texas Rangers for 37 years. He won multiple Emmys for his work. But today, he is known more for his writing prowess than his broadcasting c...
Amazing Americans- Sean Swarner- 05/24/2020   (43:59)5-24-2020
He survived cancer… twice. He underwent numerous surgeries and even had a lung removed. After that he climbed Mount Everest. Colorado’s own Sean Swarner joins Jerry Schemmel this week on Amazing Americans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Amazing Americans- Dave Dravecky- 05/10/2020   (42:55)5-10-2020
He was in the prime of Major League Baseball career when he received the diagnosis: cancer in his pitching arm. He had surgery to remove a tumor and his comeback started. Less than a year later, he was back in the big leagues with a brilliantly pitched game. But what happened nex...
Amazing Americans - Craig DeMartino - 05/03/2020   (43:23)5-3-2020
He was a talented, experienced and passionate rock climber until one day in Rocky Mountain National Park, when miscommunication with a climbing partner changed his life. He fell 105 feet and miraculously survived. There were more than a dozen broken bones, including feet and ankl...
Amazing Americans - Scott Linebrink - 04/26/2020   (45:20)4-26-2020
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Scott Linebrink joins Jerry Schemmel on this week's edition of Amazing Americans.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.