NOTHING elevates the mood of our nation like sporting success.
Everyone remembers where they were when Katie Taylor won Olympic gold, and every time an Irish athlete or team succeeds on the world stage the entire country celebrates and salutes them.
But who truly understands the toil it takes to get there?
If a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step then that single step onto a victory podium conversely represents the thousands of miles our sports stars must invest physically to achieve greatness.
Taylor’s gruelling training regime is done far from the public gaze, in harsh, uncompromising conditions with nothing but her ambition, dedication and talent to sustain her.
The only time we get to see her is in the heat of combat and glory and the same goes for many of Ireland’s sporting superstars.
In ‘The Journey’ magazine the Irish Independent brings you behind the scenes for revealing close-ups of our sporting heroes when they are hurting most.
Using our new multi-platform format it takes you behind the ropes, into the gyms and onto the water and practice pitches to see the relentless training regimes they must endure on the other 364 days a-year in order to become and remain champions.
Linking directly with an award-winning website from the Irish Sports Council you can read their stories and then go online to view additional first-person material - candid video diaries, exclusive interviews and stunning photos – which all contribute to create the most authentic portraits yet of our national sporting heros.
You can view "The Journey" interactive magazine here