I loved watching the world celebrate excellence together during the Summer Olympics in Rio. There were so many beautiful examples of teamwork, effort, humanity, and triumph. My favorite moment was watching American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin encourage each other to continue after a collision during the 5000m.
D’Agostino finished the race with a torn ACL and meniscus. Hamblin was waiting to embrace her at the finish line. Their sportsmanship represents true spirit of the Olympic Games and they were honored with the Fair Play Awards from the IOC.
Did you know D’Agostino is one of the most decorated athletes in Ivy League history? She won SEVEN NCAA championships at Dartmouth College, including indoor, outdoor and cross country titles.
For more inspiring athletes, don’t miss the Paralympic Games in Rio, September 7-18. More than 4,350 athletes from 160 nations are expected to compete in 22 sports, including para-canoe and paratriathlon, both which debut on the Paralympic program in 2016. Learn more about our #TeamUSA athletes at http://www.teamusa.org/us-paralympics/paralympic-athletes.