Quotes: Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Foreshadows Her Own Demise atop Kilimanjaro

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“It seems to be constantly steep and as we started to approach the highest point yet…sheer exhaustion sets in for much of the group, and with heavy legs and chests pounding due to a lack of oxygen, every step becomes an effort.”

-MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, tennis great and winner of 18 Grand Slam titles, wrote on her blog before her fourth day climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, when she was forced to pull out and was hospitalized because of fluid accumulation in her lungs (via ESPN)