Five Dimes

Online betting made an American expat named Sean Creighton into one of the richest people in Costa Rica, and a savvy business strategy helped him avoid detection from authorities. But after he was kidnapped, no one can say for sure if he was taken for ransom, or if he faked his death in order to keep running his business.

Author: David Hill
Source: Victory Journal
Published: Oct 3, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,099 words)

Queen of Darts

Amidst the nearly 6,000 competitors at this year’s Dutch Open, one of the world’s preeminent tournaments for darts, the women’s field is dominated by just two athletes — Deta Hedman of England and Japan’s Mikuru “The Miracle” Suzuki — each with an unusual backstory for a sport that almost entirely exists in dimly lit rooms. Amos Barshad examines the rise of both Hedman and Suzuki, and how each aspires to shoot from 501 points to zero and, in the process, win the 2019 Dutch Open title.

Source: Victory Journal
Published: Aug 21, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,418 words)

Never Die

Spencer Seabrooke wanted to break a slacklining record. The only problem was that if he failed, he’d die.

Author: Laura Yan
Source: Victory Journal
Published: Feb 1, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,575 words)

The Alternates

“As an alternate you’re like a maybe. You’re not going to be part of it but you are. You’re there with the team but not really part of the team. It’s such a weird thing.” What does it really mean to be an Olympic alternate?

Author: Tim Struby
Source: Victory Journal
Published: Aug 4, 2016
Length: 20 minutes (5,169 words)