What’s “The Secret to Victory”?

A 6-episode podcast featuring some of the world's best athletes and how they handle defeat
What’s “The Secret to Victory”?

What happens when the best athletes in the world lose? From Gatorade and Gimlet Creative comes “The Secret to Victory” hosted by Domonique Foxworth.

It’s a podcast about how the world’s most competitive athletes use defeat as motivation to build strength from the inside out, and ultimately come out on top. Listen on this page or from Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Play Music.

Episode 1: “Rough Rookie Seasons”

Feat. Peyton and Eli Manning

Before they won Super Bowls—before they made Pro Bowls—before the name Manning was synonymous with victory, both Eli Manning and Peyton Manning had to learn what it meant to lose, and lose big. In this episode, Peyton and Eli Manning talk about what they each learned from their rookie seasons.


  • Peyton Manning, retired NFL quarterback
  • Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants
  • Archie Manning, father of Eli and Peyton Manning, former NFL quarterback
  • Jim Mora, former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts
  • Tom Coughlin, former head coach of the New York Giants, current executive vice president of football operations at the Jacksonville Jaguars

Episode 2: “38-Done”

Feat. Karl-Anthony Towns

Take the perfect team, the perfect coach, the perfect college basketball season—and lose it all in a single game. Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns sits down with host Domonique Foxworth to talk about what he learned from one of his most devastating defeats—Kentucky’s fall to Wisconsin during the 2015 Final Four.

Episode 3: “I’m Not Supposed to Lose”

Feat. Serena Williams

Serena Williams doesn’t lose often, but when she does she takes a lot of flak for the way she loses—her reactions, her behavior. But maybe there’s a reason for all of it. Something more than just a desire to win. We speak with Serena Williams about one of her worst defeats—her 2016 loss to Karolína Plíšková in the US Open. She opens up about what happened that day—and why, as she puts it, she’s a “terrible loser.” And it turns out, there’s more to it than you might think.

Episode 4: “Am I Any Good?”

Feat. J.J. Watt

Early in his career, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wasn’t the athlete he’s known as today. In fact, he was the opposite. On this episode of The Secret to Victory, J.J. Watt talks about how he went from a high school football player ignored by big-time college scouts—to the quarterback-sacking, pass-deflecting monster he is in the NFL today.

Episode 5: “I Didn’t Want to Get Up”

Feat. Kyle Schwarber

When faced with a devastating knee injury, Chicago Cubs player Kyle Schwarber found ways to improve the parts of his game he hadn’t had the opportunity to work on before. When he found himself up to bat in the World Series, he was ready—and would help rewrite the fortunes of the team known as The Loveable Losers.

Episode 6: “The Closer You Get, The Harder The Loss”

Feat. Matt Ryan

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on how he overcame one of the toughest losses of his career. He speaks with host Domonique Foxworth about what went through his mind in the days following the Falcons' devastating Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots— after the media disappeared and the hype faded.