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July 4th, 2012
02:37 PM ET

Allyson Felix on the elusive 200 meter gold medal: "This is the one missing thing, and it’s the thing that I really want"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., "Piers Morgan Tonight" gets down in the blocks with 3-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix, inviting the 26-year-old to the program for a fast-paced sit down interview.

Gearing up for her third Olympic games, Felix is still seething from her second-place finish in Beijing four years ago, where Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown beat her to the tape by seventeen hundredths of a second:

"I’m always thinking about it. I practice just all the time," admits Felix. "I don’t want to get that thought out of my head, because it does motivate me. But it’s tough."

Well-decordated in her signature event – the 200 meters – the California native boasts a pair of Olympic silver medals, as well as multiple golds from the World Championships. However, until she climbs atop the medal stand on her sport's biggest stage, she'll always feel as though her career is incomplete: FULL POST

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July 4th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

"Coach K" on going for back-to-back gold medals

On this fourth of July, Piers Morgan brings out his own version of the full-court press, welcoming Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski for an honest and revealing sit down interview.

The head coach of both the Duke University men's team and the United States men's national team, "Coach K" heads to London this summer seeking to become just the second-ever American hoops coach to capture back-to-back gold medals. However, as the owner of nearly 1,000 career collegiate victories, he'll be encouraging his players to be focused only on the task at hand:

"I'm going to take a group, and we're going to try to be one, and we're going to try to win the London Olympics, OK? Why would they all be concerned about my second gold medal?" he asks the host. "I don't want - they shouldn't play for that. They should play for their gold medal right now. And I think part of being a coach is being on the page of the competitor you have the privilege of coaching, not them being on your page as far as accomplishment."

Despite a roster that features the world's most-gifted players – including the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant – the four-time National Champion recognizes that his squad will have little room for error: FULL POST

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July 4th, 2012
12:04 PM ET

John Orozco on tough times in the Bronx: "Life is unpredictable"

On this fourth of July, Piers Morgan hosts a special "Pride of America", featuring U.S. athletes who will be representing their country in the upcoming London 2012 Summer Olympics. Morgan sits down with men's gymnastics athlete John Orozco for a candid and revealing interview and talks to the Olympic hopeful about his inspiring journey to the Olympic stage.

During the interview, Orozco talks about what it was like growing up in a tough neighborhood in the Bronx and recalled a particular incident that "spiraled out of control." On a Sunday after attending church Orzoco, then 10 years old, and his three brothers ended up in a situation that "started out as an argument and then it got into a physical altercation. And all of a sudden, I'm not even exaggerating, there were 30 guys, 20 guys that showed up and started attacking all of us," says Orozco. "My brother was attacked pretty badly and he had to spend a few days in the hospital."

The incident taught the young athlete that "that life is unpredictable and you can't let - you can't hold onto that." FULL POST

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