In an all-Italian matchup, unseeded Flavia Pennetta defeated former roommate and good friend Roberta Vinci at the US Open to reach her first Grand Slam semifinal.
When a training accident ended her career as a cross-country skier, Kaitlyn McElroy switched to kayaking and has made it all the way to the world championships.
A year ago, Cordarrelle Patterson was transitioning from junior college to the University of Tennessee. Thursday, the wide receiver was selected in the first round in the NFL draft by the Vikings.
Maryland's Katie Schwarzmann didn't know her own talent for a time, but now it's on public display after the junior took home the 2012 Tewaaraton Award as college lacrosse's top player.
Junior attacker Shannon Smith led the Wildcats in avenging last year's championship loss to the Maryland Terrapins.