5 Inspirational Olympic Stories

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The Olympics showcase inspirational stories like no other event.  Here are just 5 inspirational Olympic stories that caught our eyes at Sochi.

5.) Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna won a gold medal in the 15 kilometer cross country ski race at Sochi.  After the grueling race, he waited 28 minutes to cheer on Roberto Carcelen of Peru, the last place finisher, at the finish line.Carcelen was Peru’s first Winter Olympian and at 43 years-old, has only been skiing since 2005.

A video on Dario Colgna’s family commitment to raising an Olympic athlete

4.) TJ Oshie scored in 4 of 6 shootout goal attempts including the game winner propelling Team USA over Russia in the hockey team’s most proud moment of the Sochi Olympics.  TJ Oshie’s response when told he was an American hero by columnist Dejan Kocaevic, “The American heroes are wearing camo.  That’s not me.”
The American heroes are wearing camo
3.)  Alex Bilodeau, Canada’s freestyle mogul skier, won gold and celebrated with his biggest supporter – his brother.  His brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy and is Alex’s everyday inspiration.  Alex, from Montreal, also won a gold medal in moguls in Vancouver.

2.)  Silver medal-winning skier Gus Kenworthy is taking more than a second place medal home with him to the United States. He decided to adopt a family of dogs he rescued in Sochi.  Check out his tweet and his new friends.


Adopted dogs from Sochi

1.)  Getting by with a little help from my friends.  During the Men’s Sprint Free Semifinals cross-country ski race, Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov fell and broke his ski. Struggling to get up on the broken ski, it appeared as if Gafarov had little hope of finishing.  He would need to hobble and walk on the broken ski.

Like an Olympic Superman, Canadian ski coach Justin Wadsworth rushed to the rescue.  Appearing out of nowhere, carrying a spare ski, he helped fasten the ski for Gafarov and took away the broken ski. With the help from the Canadian, Gafarov completed the race on two skis.

A great show of solidarity.