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Unit 2 – Olympians

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Eugene Reimer

A Wheelchair is not a Handicap

Featuring Eugene Reimer and wheelchair athletics

Eugene Reimer’s sporting achievements and tireless contribution to amateur athletics make him a great “inspiration” to athletes everywhere.

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Karen Magnussen

Rebuilding Broken Dreams

Featuring Karen Magnussen and figure skating

Despite the crushing disappointment of finding out the day before the 1969 world championships that she couldn’t compete, Karen Magnussen had the “courage” to comeback.

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Harry Jerome

The Great Comeback

Featuring Harry Jerome and track and field

Harry Jerome’s career was marked by great highs and some disappointing lows but throughout it, he unfailingly demonstrated “commitment” to his sport.

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Lori Fung

Going for the Gold

Featuring Lori Fung and rhythmic gymnastics

Lori Fung had a dream of winning Gold at the 1984 Olympic Games and she achieved this dream due to her constant pursuit of excellence, consistent effort and most importantly her “positive attitude”.

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Nancy Greene

Canada’s Tiger

Featuring Nancy Greene and downhill skiing

Nancy Greene’s thrilling race for the gold during her memorable world cup race will inspire people to follow their dreams and have the “confidence” to make their dreams become a reality, even when they may appear impossible.

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Daniel Igali

Golden in the Eyes of Many

Featuring Daniel Igali and wrestling

Daniel Igali had a dream to one day win a gold medal at the Olympics, but that wasn’t his only dream. Daniel had big dreams to help others , especially the people in his village back in Nigeria. Daniel has accomplished many of his dreams and his story will lead the students to understand the importance of “social responsibility”.

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Silken Laumann

The Power of Play

Featuring Silken Laumann and rowing

Silken Laumann knows first hand about perseverance and determination, but long before she competed and became a world-class athlete, she grew up playing with family and friends. Play is what is at the core of every athlete and Silken’s lesson will demonstrate “the power of play” and teach us how to have fun with a little help from our imagination and by moving our bodies. The possibilities for play are endless.

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