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Kevin McDowell, who competed in the Youth Olympic Games last August, was favored to win the Junior World Championships this September.
Kevin McDowell, who competed in the Youth Olympic Games last August, was favored to win the Junior World Championships this September.
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Runner Puts Dreams On Hold for Those of Ill Friend

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AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Lukas Verzbicas sat in silence, trying to absorb the news that Kevin McDowell, his friend and longtime triathlon teammate, had been diagnosed with cancer.

Finally, Verzbicas' stepfather spoke. Lukas had a choice to make. He could continue to focus on the running career that has shown such promise he was being hailed as the next great American distance runner even before he broke the 4-minute mile, something only four other U.S. high schoolers have ever done.

Or he could put his own dreams and plans on hold for those of his friend, returning to triathlon for one last summer in hopes of claiming the junior world title that Kevin would have been favored to win.

Full story from the AP.

Watch a video essay on Lukas and Kevin here.

For more on the Lukas Verzbicas/Kevin McDowell story, check out the summer issue of USA Triathlon Magazine. Click here for the digital version.

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