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Season Five

Season five Episode four


Embark on a captivating journey into the world of skiing, figure skating, and basketball, where we encounter remarkable sports figures who have left an indelible mark on Utah and beyond. We meet skiing icon Junior Bounous, a 98-year-old extreme skier who defies age and continues to hit the slopes with unmatched passion. We hear from a young figure skater who is dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity within the sport. Lastly, we explore the extraordinary life and legacy of Wat Misaka, a basketball player and WWII veteran who shattered racial barriers in the game, and the young student athlete and filmmaker he inspired. Experience the joy, resilience, and groundbreaking achievements of these legendary sports icons as they continue to shape the landscape of Utah sports.

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A Skiing Life

Junior Bounous, a 98-year-old ski enthusiast defies age and continues to shred the slopes. His granddaughter, in her book "Junior Bounous and the Joys of Skiing," beautifully captures his passion for the sport. This heartwarming tale showcases the remarkable determination and love that Junior has for skiing, reminding us that age is just a number when it comes to pursuing our passions. 

Flying on Ice

Elidi Lawson is a rising star in Utah figure skating. Despite challenges on and off the ice, Elidi is achieving remarkable things in the sport. With her mother serving as the club’s first Black president, they are reviving the Utah Figure Skating Club and promoting diversity. They are both dedicated to creating a welcoming space for all skaters.

Hoop Hero

Embark on a journey through the lens of Japanese-American student filmmaker Kimari Perng as she uncovers the extraordinary life of Wataru "Wat" Misaka, a WWII veteran and sports trailblazer from Ogden, Utah. Kimari's documentary showcasing Wat's groundbreaking legacy as the first person of color in professional basketball led her to represent Utah at National History Day in Washington, D.C.

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Willard L. Eccles
Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation