Sloane Stephens Couldn't Walk in January But Won the U.S. Open in September

Sloane Stephens is only 24 years old. And she just won one of the most important tennis tournaments of all time: the U.S. Open. That in itself is spectacular (and also makes us feel like we need to accomplish something stat), but it becomes especially poignant after learning about the crazy obstacles she overcame in order to get to the champion's podium. Seriously, her story, which appeared on Sports Illustrated today, is motivating and encouraging and all-around amazing. (Warning: You might be inspired to run a marathon, launch a Fortune 500 business, or write an award-winning novel after reading this.)

Head over to Sports Illustrated to view the full article. Then, read up on why a WNBA star chooses to wear makeup on the court.