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Michael Holley Podcast: Michael Smith on his departure from ESPN and future endeavors

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Michael Holley Podcast: Michael Smith on his departure from ESPN and future endeavors

Michael Holley is joined by his longtime friend Michael Smith to discuss everything from Smith's new job, his time at ESPN & the way things went down in the end and how he was impacted by everything that happened.

2:25 — On his new job as the Executive Vice President & Chief Content Officer at sports media company, (Co)laboratory.

10:51 — Smith discusses the end of his time at ESPN and the the way that everything went down.

25:00 — On how his energy was affecting the people around him.

34:55 — On why he thinks things happened the way that they did.

37:40 — On his son's reaction to his leaving ESPN.

43:15 — On how Holley was the one who introduced him to his wife.

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Olympic Profiles: Margaret Bertasi and Jillian Zieff, Rowing

Olympic Profiles: Margaret Bertasi and Jillian Zieff, Rowing

After winning gold at the 2019 World Rowing Championships, Margaret Bertasi is ready to take on another huge challenge.

Bertasi, who rowed at Princeton University, will team up with Wayland, Mass. native Jillian Zieff as they look to qualify for the women's lightweight double at the 2020 Summer Olympics. 

It'll mark the duo's first time competing together as Bertasi won her gold medal last year with Cara Stawicki.

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"Even though Jillian and I row at the same club, we never really got in a boat together before, so this is actually going to be our first race together," Bertasi said.

"You never know what kind of racer someone is until you actually race together. That's the most important thing for us now, is being able to trust that we're going to show up and race the way we trained every day."

That training has been tireless for Bertasi and Zieff, as it's consisted of 15 hours per week of aerobic rowing along with multiple weight-lifting sessions.

Zieff partly credits her hometown for that dedication.

"One thing we like to say around here is Boston rowers are tough because Boston winners are tough," she said.

You can learn more about Bertasi and Zieff in the video above.

Olympic Profiles: Abbey Cooper (D'Agostino), Track

Olympic Profiles: Abbey Cooper (D'Agostino), Track

You might remember Abbey Cooper from the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro back in 2016.

That's when Cooper (then known as Abbey D'Agostino) tore her ACL and meniscus during the women's 5000-meter preliminary, but somehow still persevered to finish the race. Four years later, the Topsfield, Mass. native is ready to make her anticipated comeback.

Since that day in 2016, Cooper has had to overcome numerous challenges as she aimed to return to full strength.

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"I was able to actually run after five months which again is pretty standard for an ACL repair," Cooper said. "The challenge has come in the wake of that initial running and kind of getting back to form.

"This is a very atypical injury for a distance runner, so I've been kind of a case study in that sense."

As she worked to return to form as a runner, Cooper also went through plenty of changes in her personal life.

Cooper married her husband, Jacob, in 2018. Jacob works for Appalachian State as the staff sports psychologist, and when he got the job, he and Abbey moved to Asheville, NC. There, Abbey started working with her new coach, Chris Layne.

"Of course just with the all the transition in getting married and moving and having to renew that support system, that's been another layer of challenge as well," said Cooper.

You can learn more about Abbey and her road back to the Olympics in the video above.