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My Brilliant Career/MH17/The Long Road Ahead
Nine October 16, 2016

My Brilliant Career
Whether they're at the ground or on the couch at home, every Australian cricket fan thinks they're an expert, and making brutal assessments about the players is all part of the sport of watching the sport. Not surprisingly, when the name Michael Clarke is mentioned everyone has an opinion. The statistics show he was one of our greatest players and captains. But while we loved him scoring runs and winning games for Australia we could never quite figure out what he was doing off the field - or why. As well, Clarke often seemed a bit too flashy for our liking, and sometimes not reverential enough about the game. As you would expect though, the man himself has a very different view. In the year since he retired from the game, Michael Clarke has had plenty of time to reflect on his career, and as Allison Langdon discovers, he now wants to set the record straight on all the headlines.

MH17
With the push of a button, in July 2014 somebody in eastern Ukraine launched a missile which brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. It killed 298 innocent people, including 38 Australian citizens and permanent residents. It is our greatest loss of life overseas since the Bali bombing. Whether it was a stupid mistake or an act of pure evil, investigators are determined to track down those responsible and bring them to justice. In fact they already know who they're looking for, which is in big part because of the efforts of the Australian Federal Police. Almost 500 AFP officers have been involved in a joint international taskforce, and for the first time they take us inside the extraordinarily detailed investigation.

The Long Road Ahead
The founder of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin, liked to recite the Latin term "Citius, Altius, Fortius". It translates as "Faster, Higher, Stronger". However, the pursuit of sporting supremacy comes with risks, as Australian silver medallist Sam Willoughby, 25, has tragically discovered. This elite BMX rider is a two-time world champion and a sponsor's delight. But four weeks ago he crashed while training in the USA, and in a terrible instant lost all feeling below his chest. Now he faces his greatest uphill battle: not to cycle again, simply to walk. Sam is determined to win this fight and with the support of his wonderful family, including fiancee Alise Post, he is already proving what a great champion he really is.

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