E:60 is still alive and kicking on ESPN. The third episode airs Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7pm ET. Features on the episode are:
Lost Boy E:60 correspondent Tom Farrey follows a young Sudanese, Macharia Yuot, on a journey that spans 7,000 miles and almost 20 years — a journey rife with emotional peaks and valleys. Yuot is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” the more than 20,000 Sudanese children who were ordered to flee their villages during civil war to escape being conscripted by government soldiers or murdered. After a 800-mile trek and years in refugee camps, several thousand children were resettled in the United States, including Yuot, who wound up in Philadelphia. Yuot began distance running when he enrolled at Widener University and became a six-time NCAA champion. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Yuot, now a U.S. citizen, will compete in the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in New York, attempting to earn one of the three places on the men’s team. To tell Yuot’s story, Farrey traveled to the Sudan last month to find Yuot’s surviving family members. At E:60‘s invitation, Yuot accompanied Farrey on the arduous trip deep into the Sudanese plains. There, Yuot was reunited with his mother, whom he had not seen in nearly two decades. E:60 crew also captured Yuot’s journey through his application and eventually swearing in moment for U.S. citizenship.
In the Line of Fire Last Friday, Ryan Deehan, a star tight end for top-ranked Poway High School near San Diego, was supposed to be preparing for Senior Night and a rematch with one of the Titans’ archrivals. Instead, Deehan was picking through the remains of his charred home after the Witch Creek fire tore through his neighborhood. As Southern California begins to recover from the devastating fires, E:60 correspondent Jeremy Schaap joins Deehan in the rubble to look at the disaster’s impact on a powerhouse high school team and its star player.
Fight Club An out-of-the-way town on the banks of the Mississippi River in Iowa has become the unlikely mecca for mixed martial arts (MMA). Each year, hundreds of would-be fighters come to the town of Bettendorf to train in an unassuming gym under the tutelage of Pat Miletich, a former world champion MMA fighter. So grueling is the Miletich training regimen that of every 100 aspirants who show up, only one will survive the first few weeks. E:60 correspondent Michael Smith goes inside the gym to meet the young fighters who come to Iowa with dreams of reaching a bigger stage.
Coming Home J.R. Salzman is a household name in the close-knit world of logrolling, a sport where he has won five world titles. But in 2003, still shaken by the events of 9/11, Salzman made a life-altering choice, joining the National Guard. His unit deployed to Iraq in March 2006. That December, as the unit patrolled in Humvees outside Baghdad, J.R. was struck by an improvised explosive device. He lost his right arm and would ultimately undergo five surgeries. E:60 correspondent Rachel Nichols follows J.R. through his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and back to his home state of Wisconsin, where he attempts to restore normalcy to his life and return to the sport that is his first love.
Other elements on E:60:
Jake Brown An update on the “Gumby” of skateboarding, Australian Jake Brown, who walked away from a 45-foot free fall during the X Games in August with only minor injuries. Brown was attempting the 720 mega ramp jump, lost his board in the air and crashed to the wooden deck.
Elena Delle Donne At 6-foot-5, Delle Donne is considered the top girls high school basketball player in the country and one of the best ever. She has led Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Del., to three straight Delaware state titles, including scoring 50 points in the final last season.