Story pick: 'The Courage of Jill Costello'
The Nov. 29 issue of Sports Illustrated featured on its cover a superlative Mike Vick piece by D.C. resident S.L. Price. But for me, the most memorable story in that edition was Chris Ballard's moving narrative about Jill Costello, a member of UC Berkeley's women's crew team who trained and raced while also competing against her own cancer.
"After a promising junior season as a coxswain at Cal, she learned she was in the late stages of cancer," the subhead said. "The next year was her best."
Ballard seemed to hit all the right notes in a story that stood out as one of the most potent pieces of sports journalism of 2010.