Five inspirational stories from the Olympics to get 2019 started
Whether you are looking to make a fresh start or build on recent achievements, here are five stories to get your 2019 moving forward.
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Podcast: Five inspirational stories to get 2019 started the right way
Podcast: Five inspirational stories to get 2019 started the right wayIf you’re looking for some motivation to achieve what you want in 2019, then have a listen to these amazing stories from across the Olympic world. We hear from Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Jordyn Wieber, and more. Whatever your aim for the new year, we hope these stories from the greats will inspire you on your way to greatness.
Going into London 2012, American gymnast Jordyn Wieber was the reigning all-around world champion.
But she didn’t make the final of the all-around at the Olympic Games.
She was crushed but that’s when Aly Raisman stepped in.
“She said, ‘Hey, why don’t you come downstairs and hang out with the team?’, and as soon as she said the word team, I realised, that’s what it’s about now. It’s no longer about me.”
Wieber went on to perform to her very best helping USA take gold in the team event.
Now, she’s coaching at UCLA and wants to pass on how important that experience was to her.
"I feel like you can accomplish so much more as a part of a team than you can by yourself," she said to the Olympic Channel Podcast.
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Becoming the person with the most Olympic medals of all time didn’t come without its fair share of difficulties.
And Michael Phelps has been upfront with his struggles with mental health.
“I felt that I didn’t want to be on this earth anymore, I didn’t want to be alive, and at that very moment, for me, it was time to make a change,” he said to the Olympic Channel Podcast.
The American has made it his mission to speak out about his own issues.
“Being able to be open, to be honest, being your authentic self, it took me a long time to find that…
“And everything that you’re doing, you’re doing it because you want to (do it) and you have a passion for it… that’s kind of the equation for success.
“Nothing will stand in your way because your mind is such a powerful thing.”
American swimmer Klete Keller went from winning Olympic gold in 2004 with Michael Phelps to being homeless for 10 months.
Keller is now rebuilding his life.
“I basically got told to buzz off by life. So, really nothing can compare with that.
“I don’t have the fear I once did. I have nothing to lose so I just go out there and make it happen.”
She dived into the Aegean Sea with her sister as their boat was sinking.
Yusra Mardini put her body, and life, on the line to save refugees escaping war-torn Syria.
The boat was guided to shore due to her intervention with the people onboard owing their lives to Yusra.
She made it to Rio 2016 and won her heat in the 100m butterfly.
The 20-year-old wants peace in Syria.
"For a lot of people it's just a country on the map. For us, it is really heartbreaking."
Mardini refuses to be defined by the word ‘refugee’ and curates her Instagram feed to show she is human like everyone else.
“I am a refugee but I am also a swimmer,” Yusra told the Olympic Channel Podcast.
“And I (am) positive about being a refugee. So, maybe I don’t show a lot of pictures of people who are suffering because I don’t want to… I want to get more positive (message) to the world.”
Towards the end of 2018, Olympic champion swimmer Missy Franklin retired from the sport.
She was only 23.
After a spectacular London 2012, where she won four gold medals, Missy struggled to match expectations at the 2016 Games.
“Going into Rio, I felt like I had failed before I even began.
“I really went in there with other people’s goals.”
The American had been suffering with the shoulder injury which eventually caused her retirement, and couldn’t come to terms with her disappointment until long after returning from Brazil.
“A lot of people, whether they realise this or not, are going to put expectations on you…
"That’s not why I do this and it’s not who I am."
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