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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature Olympic Legends Mark Spitz and Bruce Jenner
Date:7/31/2008

WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the world's attention focused on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing this month, Sharing Miracles -- a 30-minute Sunday morning public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients -- will feature two of America's greatest Olympic athletes, Gold Medalists Mark Spitz and Bruce Jenner. Sharing Miracles now shows on 158 television stations across the United States.

Mark Spitz is considered one of the most dominant Olympic athletes ever, collecting a total of 11 medals, including a record-breaking seven Gold Medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics -- a record that U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps will be eyeing at this year's Beijing games. Spitz held 17 national records for his age group by the time he was 10 years old and retired from competitive swimming after his sweep at the Munich games.

Unfortunately, Spitz did something else at a young age: he discovered, at 38, that he had high cholesterol and was at risk of developing heart disease. Now, Spitz is an advocate for cholesterol testing and heart health, spurred by his personal battle.

Speaking on the newest episode of Sharing Miracles, Spitz says, "I realized that I have to get a message out to people: regardless of the way you think you are, you may be walking around with this silent killer. I was surprised that this could happen to me -- after all, I've worked out my whole life. But this can happen to anyone."

Another Olympic Hall of Famer, Bruce Jenner, captivated the world when he broke the world record by scoring 8,634 points in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, earning him the title of "World's Greatest Athlete." Since retiring from athletics, he has been a sports commentator, actor, and author; his most recent release is an inspirational book entitled Finding the Champion Within.

However, these achievements were not attained without a struggle. As a chi
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