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BEYOND GOLD: A LOOK INTO THE LIFE OF A CHAMPION // mckenzie pavacich

"To be a champion...

...there's a lot of sacrifice, a lot of struggle, a lot of suffering...

...a lot of questioning whether you want to do this or not."

"Everyone's doing the same thing. What's the difference between me, and the other guy that's ranked No. 2 in the world?"
"It's having the heart that's able to match your ability. What's your heart?

YOUR PASSION, YOUR WILL, YOUR DESIRE, YOUR DREAM. YOUR HEART IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO SUFFER FOR TO OBTAIN. THAT'S YOUR HEART.

NOW... YOUR ABILITY

is something that's a gift that you have that's either God-given, or it's something that you've worked for your whole life that you've developed and

BECOME A MASTER AT IT."

"I'm really emphasizing on the 1% of the 1%, and that's those who have the heart that match their ability."
"Now, what's the life of a champion? It's everything you've ever asked for, plus more. It's beautiful, but at the same time, I have to make sure that I give back. If not, then

I'M JUST A CHAMPION."

"There's more to life than somebody winning gold medals and having plaques on their walls."
"The reason why I fight, the reason why I do a lot of things, it’s mainly to inspire those who are uninspired, who need hope, who need a leader."

*Quote courtesy of ABC15.

"If I were to describe my life to anybody, I'd say it's been very adventurous. But I wouldn't have wished it any other way."

Special thanks to Henry Cejudo and the rest of Team Cejudo for allowing me such in-depth access into the life of a champion. -MW // All photos were shot and edited by McKenzie Pavacich, a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Credits:

All photos shot and edited by McKenzie Pavacich

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