The Olympic Games have evolved over the past 100 years. With each iteration of the Games, the athletes strive to run faster, jump higher and be stronger. Olympic records may get broken, and the equipment may change, but one thing is constant: the indomitable spirit of each athlete. Here, you can compare athletes of Games past with the present!
Paris 1900 – Antonio Conte (Italy), Gold
London 2012 – Yuki Ota (Japan), Silver
London 1908 – Ray Ewry (USA), Gold
London 2012 – Jesse Williams (USA)
Paris 1900 – Hélène Prevost (France), Silver
London 2012 – Serena Williams (USA), Gold
Paris 1900 – Henri Herouin (France) Gold
London 2012 – Alan Wills (Great Britain)
London 2012 – Gabby Douglas (USA), Gold
BobsleighLake Placid 1932– Team USA, Gold
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.” - Benjamin E. Mays
In 2001, Nathalie Du Toit (RSA, swimming) lost her left leg. Not giving up on her dream, she competed in women's 10km marathon at Beijing 2008!
Sometimes, Olympians' greatest accomplishments have nothing to do with medals. Rather, these elite athletes measure their success by how they've given back to the community. Here are 13 motivational athletes who are making a difference all over the world by volunteering.
The Roger Federer Foundation (http://bit.ly/1JBiOet) is involved in learning. It supports education projects in Switzerland and rural South Africa.