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A Stolen Passport, a Typhoon and No Equipment: Italo…

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.” – Arnold Palmer 27-year-old Italo Ferreira was born in 1994 on the northeastern coast of Brazil. His father was a fisherman, and Ferriera used the lid of a coolbox to store seafood in to surf as they couldn’t afford a surfboard. At the age of 11, his family, ...

Linoy Ashram: Israel’s First Female Athlete To Ever Win…

“The person that said winning isn’t everything, never won anything.” – Mia Hamm 22-year-old Linoy Ashram is an Israeli individual rhythmic gymnast. Ashram’s mother decided to enroll her in sports to keep her engaged as she was a hyperactive child. She began training at the young age of 7 in an after-school program in her ...

Sprinter Allyson Felix Wins Her 11th Olympic Medal in…

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” – Larry Bird Born in 1985 in California, USA, Allyson Felix is a track and field sprinter. She is the daughter of an ordained minister and professor of the Christian ...

Cuba’s Mijain Lopez: the First Man Ever to Win…

“The extra energy required to make another effort is the secret of winning.” Born in 1982, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Mijain Lopez Nunez is a Greco-Roman wrestler. Lopez was always a tall and big child, building his strength by carrying animals and fruit boxes in his town. According to Marca Magazine, he was spotted ...

Bajrang Punia Wins Bronze in Tokyo, Becomes Only The…

“Quote” Born in 1994 in Haryana, India, Bajrang Punia is a freestyle wrestler who competes in the 65kg weight category. Growing up in an impoverished community, Punia could not afford to play sports that require expensive equipment like badminton or cricket. Therefore, he opted to compete in mud-wrestling and kabaddi. His father, a former wrestler, ...

Daughter of Sudanese Immigrants: Athing Mu Becomes Olympic Champion…

“Winners dont wait for chances. They take them.” Born in 2002 in New Jersey, USA, Athing Mu is a professional middle-distance track runner. Mu is one of seven children. Her parents moved to the USA from Sudan a year before she was born. Growing up, the family didn’t have much money. “When you’re from an ...

Karsten Warholm Breaks His Own World Record in Men’s…

“What people see is who crosses the finish line first. But for me it’s like I’m always becoming better, always running faster times. Always do better, that is the thing I value the most.” – Karsten Warholm 25-year-old Karsten Warholm is a Norwegian athlete who competes in sprints and hurdles. He began running at the ...

21-year-old Armand Duplantis Dominates the Pole Vault, Wins Gold…

“Winning doesnt always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.” Armand “Mondo” Duplantis is a Swedish-American pole vaulter. Mondo was born in Louisiana, the US to a family of athletes. His father and coach, Greg, has represented the USA in the pole vault, his mother, Helena, is a former ...

Jamaican Sprinter Elaine Thompson-Herah Wins 2 Olympic Golds, Becomes…

“You were born to win. But to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win and expect to win.” Elaine Thompson-Herah was born in 1992 is a Jamaican sprinter who competes in 100m and 200m races. She began racing competitively at her high school, after which she was recruited by the University ...

The Legendary Team Who Ended a 41-Year Wait to…

“Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost.“ The Indian men’s national field hockey team represents India in international competitions. Past victories In 1928, the team won its first Olympic gold and, until 1960, was unbeatable at the Olympic Games, winning 6 consecutive gold medals. This makes the Indian men’s team the most ...

From Defeating Leukemia to Competing in the Olympics: Rikako…

“To overcome adversity, what we need most of all is hope. A flame of hope glowing in the distance allows us to keep trying. To keep moving forward no matter how hard it is.” – Rikako Ikee 21-year-old Rikako Ikee is a Japanese professional swimmer who specializes in butterfly stroke. Rikako was destined for a ...

Olympic Swimmer Yusra Mardini’s Awe-inspiring Journey: From Escaping Syria…

“A person can do incredible things if he or she has enough hope.” – Shannon K. Butcher Yusra Mardini is a Syrian-born professional swimmer who is a member of the Refugee Olympic Team. Growing up in Damascus, Syria, Mardini began swimming under the coaching of the Syrian Olympic Committee. Before the war in Syria, represented ...