Man, this Shaun White guy really IS an animal! According to this article, he made $8 million in endorsements last year from companies such as Burton, Target, Red Bull, Oakley, Ubisoft and AT&T. What I liked most about him, though, was his complete ease and candor while being interviewed in the studio by newscasters. No stiffness, or scripted answers; just lots of smiles and an easygoing nature!
Then there’s Clara Hughes, the athlete who has won more medals ever after competing in both the Summer (2 medals in cycling) and Winter (4 medals in speed skating) Olympics (oh yeah; she’s Canadian!). The best word to describe her is classy in my opinion. No obnoxious fist-pumping after she set her record, no screaming, no yelling…just a low-key acknowledgment of her family, friends and fans who came to the race to support her. She’s a woman who seems genuinely proud of her accomplishments, and who holds family close to her heart.
There are many, many other athletes who have really inspired me these Olympics, and a couple have even brought tears to my eyes. I’d love to hear about your favorite likable athlete!