After 11 days and about 3,500 nautical miles at sea, Briton Alex Thomson was primed to win the solo transatlantic Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe race when his boat hit a patch of rocks approaching Grande Terre island.
Lips turning blue, they shiver in ice baths, unable to escape. Only the cooperation of teammates solving mental puzzles and completing physical challenges can release them from the water's frozen grip.
In Coatesville, Pa., a struggling steel town, Coach Matt Ortega and his son Ricky have led the team to a 12-0 record. Their success is both extraordinary and reflective of more Latino participation in the sport.