The Olympic Games have been well underway and with it have come stories that shine as bright as the torch itself. With many great competitions, have come excitement for wins and compassion for losses, tough competitors and good sportsmanship, expected greatness and unexpected greatness.
Here’s a lead on a few of the unique and inspiring stories from London…
At eighteen years young, equestrian Reed Kessler jumped into the spotlight aboard Cylana. Though a medal wasn’t in the cards for this youngest ever member of the United States equestrian team, her outlook is bright for future Olympic Games.
Great Britain’s pride rose to great heights with the wins of cyclist Bradley Wiggers. Seemingly both friendly and humble, Mr. Wiggers has become the first man to win the Tour De France Race and an Olympic Gold medal in the same year, riding to victory in the Olympics Individual Time Trial.
Great Britain’s equestrian team also garnered an impressive victory, winning their first medal and Gold in Team Dressage, a medal Germany has won consistently since 1976. They weren’t far behind however and the German team can be proud taking home Silver for their performance, while the Netherlands team won Bronze.
With an exhibition that truly gave meaning to the word “togetherness”, crowds cheered loud and clear when China’s team of LUO Yutong / QIN Kai accepted a Gold Medal for Men’s 3M Synchronized Diving.
Jamacian runner Usain Bolt has raced to Gold again this Games; reprising his winning streak from the 2008 Beijing Games, and defending his title as “The World’s Fastest Man”.
The Fab Five of the United States Women’s Gymnastics team had it’s share of ups and downs this year, but in the end they’ll be bringing home the Gold for the Gymnastics Women’s Team Final.
For more on these and other inspiring stories of the Olympic Games, visit their official website at http://www.olympic.org/ or NBC’s site at http://www.nbcolympics.com/team-usa/.
Nadia Riell is the author of Inspiring Childhood, Inspiring Life-Perspectives on Love, Encouragement and Reaching Potential.
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