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    Human to Hero

    Twice a month, Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be a sporting star, exploring the discipline, dedication and determination involved, as well as the sources of inspiration for the world's best athletes.

    Watch on Wednesday April 21 at 1130, 1245, 1445, 2130, 2245, 2345 and Thursday April 22 at 0445 (All times GMT). Read about CNN's special reports policy

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  • Up next ... Valentina Vezzali

    The Italian fencer has won a record-breaking six Olympic gold medals and 11 world titles during her career. Not content with just sporting success, the mother of two has turned her attentions to the political arena winning a seat in the Italian parliament for the Scelta Civica (Civic Choice) party in 2013. "It's beautiful to show that it is possible to combine family and work," she says.