What's it like to ...
We've witnessed a game-winning shot at the buzzer in basketball. The fans on the winning side go into a frenzy, while the losing fans are solemn. The players excitedly mob the player who hit the shot that put their team over the top.
Or we've winced as a gymnast backflips onto a four-inch beam and the wide smile she flashes when she "sticks her routine as if to mask her sigh of relief.
And we've felt the excitement as a goalie and a skater square off on a breakway. And like gunslingers in the Old West, only one of them will prevail in the duel.
We've also watched exhausted wrestlers try to find the strength and energy to last three periods, while also playing a chess match with their opponent, trying to determine his next strategic move.
But very few sports enthusiasts get the opportunity to experience any of these thrilling moments first-hand.
So we asked eight current or former area athletes to describe certain endeavors and give us an inside look at life in the limelight. Each tells how they felt before, during and sometimes after the accomplishment, letting us inside their mind for a moment. Perhaps the next time we witness an event, we'll get a better perspective on what an athlete goes through.