For those who watched the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics there were many moments of athletic triumph, but one victory in particular stood out as an inspiration to many viewers in the US.
Bill Demong was the first American to win an Olympic gold medal in a Nordic event – a combination of cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Bill will head to Sochi later this month for another run at gold during the 2014 Olympics, but he first made a brief stop at Fremont Elementary to share some insights with students.
“I may be the one who gets the medal, but I work hard with my teammates,” he said. “Just like when you get a good grade, there are often times a whole team of people that helped you achieve that.”
Demong allowed each of the students to handle the gold and silver medals he won at the Vancouver Olympics and explained the rush of flying 181 meters in 9 seconds on a pair of 8-foot skis.