This week on iTunes, Stitcher and Spreaker, STT interviews an author who will have you thinking about how your parents have impacted your athletic pursuits. David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s “Big Hearted Journalism” award for his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes. That story included reporting on the death of his friend and former track and field training partner, Kevin Richards, and was selected as number 83 in the top 100 stories of the last 100 years by Columbia Journalism alumni. Epstein was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100 mph fastballs.

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