This year for the first time a team of refugees headed to Rio to compete in the games. It was part of the event organizer’s attempts to draw attention to the global plight of those displaced by conflict.
Ten athletes were selected from four countries
– South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Syria – to compete in athletics, judo and swimming.
While none of the 10 advanced to the final rounds, we think their spirit does more to epitomize the ethos of the games than any other victory or record set these past two weeks.
Each was able to commit to the gargantuan efforts it takes to compete at a global level and find the confidence to line up against the best in the world – and that on top of the vast challenges they’ve had to face in their lives.
They’re surely an inspiration to us all.