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The 'why' behind Audrey Mestre

Updated: July 23, 2013, 1:40 PM ET
By Johnette Howard | espnW

If you're able for a moment to accept the difficult challenge of setting aside the disturbing end to Audrey Mestre's life, an accident so unutterably sad it still makes friends dab away tears even a decade later, it is possible to make it all the way back to the original wonder in Mestre's story: her extreme athlete's mind that refused to accept limits. The individualist who had her own reasons for pushing herself to underwater depths no man or woman had gone to before. But pushing through to ...

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