It happens

"Uh-oh" moments are more frequent in sports than fans realize

Updated: April 10, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Oct. 18, 2010, issue. Subscribe today!

AFTER RACING NEARLY 140 miles, first through the ocean, then across the blackened lava fields of Kona, Hawaii, Julie Moss crested the final hill of the 1982 Ironman Triathlon alone in front, hovering near delirium. She was also about 45 seconds from becoming, as she remembers it, "the ultimate, giant, chocolate mess."

Since the 16-mile mark of the marathon, Moss, a vivacious 23-year-old ...

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