I’ve been avidly following the Olympics from the edge of my seat, not just watching in awe but also learning from the amazing men and women athletes taking part.
Far beyond the medals and the tight clothes you will find incredibly inspirational stories worth knowing about, which is why I’ve been posting about this on Facebook and Twitter all week.
Oksana Chusovitina, 37, moved to Germany in 2002 and started competing for German gymnastics to raise money to help pay for her son’s leukemia treatment.
Kayla Harrison, the US’s first Judo gold medalist ever, was abused between the ages of 14 and 16 by her childhood coach.
Oscar Pistorius, a South African double amputee who runs with the assistance of prosthetic blades,got to compete in the men’s 400-metre heats on Saturday.
Aged 16, Wojdan Shaherkani has become the first Saudi woman to compete at the games in London in Judo. Saudi Arabian women are not permitted to take part in PE at school in their home country, join a sports club, or even attend a sporting event as a spectator.
Team GB cyclist Joanna Rowsell, 23, says suffering from alopecia inspired her to become an Olympian. She refuses to wear a wig.
Kieran Behan, 23, is only the second Irish gymnast to ever make it to the Olympics.
As a child, only two years into gym training, doctors discovered a tumor in his leg. He had to have surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery went wrong and he was stuck in a wheel chair for 15 months – better than the diagnosis that he would never walk again.
Upon returning to the gym, Behan had a freak accident and fell off the high bar hitting his head and suffered from a major injury from it. He was again placed into a wheelchair.
After about three years away, he returned to the gym only to suffer rupturing of both anterior cruciate ligaments in his knee.
Coming back from this string of injuries, Behan and his support network scrambled for every bit of money needed to get him to London as he had to compete in events worldwide. He paid for everything on his own through raising money from bake sales and car washes.
Kieran was able to defy those doctors that had told him he’d never walk again. That he even made it to the Olympics is amazing!
What or who has inspired yo during London 2012?