We all love to watch champions and those who are at the top of their game. It is Olympic season after all and, like millions of Americans, I’m glued to the TV from morning until night cheering for my fellow country-folk give everything they have. I mean, who knew that ping pong and fencing could be so damn exciting??
While it’s inspiring and almost unimaginable to see just how flawless some of these best athletes can be, the best stories often come from the underdogs; those who are “normal” or seemingly beating the odds. The Refugee Olympic team is the shining example this year, as is 41-year-old female gymnast, Oksana Chusovitina, competing in her 7th Olympics. Today, I held my breath and felt gutted to the core when American cyclist, Mara Abbott, literally laid it all out on the bike course only to come in fourth just meters from the finish line. She was a true hero today and had to overcome a lot of adversity to get there (including watching her fellow competitor flip over the handlebars in a horrific crash).
Recently, I had the opportunity two Austin athletes for Austin Fit Magazine who, too, have overcome their own personal battles and, through a journey of drastic life changes combined with relentless positive attitudes, have become healthy and inspirational heroes in their own right. It’s an honor to share their stories that prove, once again, that we are far more powerful than we can ever imagine. They may never be Olympic gold medalists, but Andrew Demand and Sandy Fivecoat definitely belong on the podium of winners who live life to the fullest!
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