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Triathlete Kevin McDowell beating cancer, excited to compete in Chicago

Triathlete Kevin McDowell beating cancer, excited to compete in Chicago

Kevin McDowell was having dinner at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., when he got news so inspiring that he will always remember exactly where he heard it.

This was in June 2013, a little more than two years after he had been diagnosed with cancer. McDowell had good reason to think he was beating the illness for good, but he still was wondering if he ever would be any good as a triathlete again.

At that time, he was in the midst of a second mandatory break from training. His body simply could not take the physical burden needed for this young man from Genevato regain the fitness level that had made him one of the country's most promising young...

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