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What a great list! What's really striking is how many of these former Olympians have gone on to start ventures aimed at helping people (especially kids) achieve their dreams. It's no surprise that so many of them go on to carve out careers as motivational speakers.


Last year I attended a conference keynoted by Emily Cook, the downhill skier who fought her way back to the Winter Olympics after a terrible accident. She had such a great personal energy. I still get chills thinking about it.