While the race for the medals is certainly an exciting aspect of the Olympics, it's not the only aspect worth following. I love the personal stories of triumph we often are treated to during the Olympics. The athlete's personally stories often bring a smile to my face or have me reaching for kleenex. Some medal contenders...some just there for the opportunity to represent their nation...all amazing!
Panasonic is doing something extraordinary; they are giving five athletes who will compete in Vancouver a voice. These five athletes all have an amazing story to tell:
Robel Teklemariam who grew to love Cross-Country Skiing in Lake Placid far from his native Ethiopia.
Katharine Eustace who only began her sport, Skeleton, two years ago and is unsure if her country, New Zealand, will qualify 1 or 2 spots in Vancouver...she has to sweat this out.
Kazuhiro Koshi who will attempt to medal as the oldest Japanese competitor in Vancouver.
Clyde Getty, the veteran Argentinian Freestyle Skier whose vocabulary doesn't include the word "retirement."
But I'm most excited for Figure Skating's own Tuğba Karademir. Tuğba, who is the face of figure skating in Turkey, has an amazing story. She dreamed of being a skaters as a little girl and her parents have dedicated everything to her training. They moved her to Canada to train and in 2006, a lifelong dream was realized when Tuğba became the first figure skater to represent Turkey at the Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.
Visit the One Winter, Five Dreams website and follow the dreams of these fine athletes, including Tuğba Karademir. You can read up on their individual stories and follow their blogs as they move ever closer towards their Olympic Dreams.