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"There is always someone better than you. Whatever it is that you do for a living, chances are, you will run into a situation in which you are not as talented as the person next to you. That's when being a competitor can make a difference in your fortunes."- Pat Summitt
Summitt was born and raised in Tennessee, and attended University of Tennessee-Martin, where she played basketball under coach Nadine Gearin. She graduated in 1974 as the school’s all-time highest scorer. She co-captained for the U.S. team at the 1976 Olympics, taking home a silver medal, and coached the team to gold in 1984.
Summitt was considered one of the toughest coaches in the NCAA. Here, she yells during a game against the UConn Huskies in 1999. The approach worked: in her 38 years of coaching, she never had a losing season. She also cultivated a 100% graduation rate for the Lady Vols who exhausted their eligibility
At the beginning of her tenure, Summitt fought for court time and funding for her team; now the Lady Vols play in a 12,000-seat stadium that bears her name. She retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
President Barack Obama awarded Summitt the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012. Summitt spent her final years advocating for Alzheimer's research, establishing The Pat Summitt Foundation to help find a cure. She died in June, five years after her diagnosis.