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Olympic Athletes Carrying Trade Center Flag

February 13th is a day that documents the work ethic of a number of notable Olympic Champions.   On this day in 1948, Richard Button won the US Men’s Figure Skating Championship. Button went on to win two Olympic medals. In 1965, Peggy Fleming won the US Women’s Figure Skating Championship. She was 16 years old at the time. She went on to win a total of five US titles, three World titles, and one Olympic medal. Her Olympic medal was the only gold medal brought home by an American during the Grenoble Games.  On this day, Dorothy Hamill won a gold medal in the 1976 Winter Olympics. She received a unanimous first place vote from the judges. She rose to this level of achievement after her coach decided to train someone else only weeks before her Olympic performance. In 1977, Eric Heiden became the first American to win the men’s World Speed Skating Championship. Heiden went on to win five gold medals in the 1980 Winter Olympics.  He is the only Olympic speed skater to have won a gold medal in each event in a single Olympics. The willingness of so many Americans to work hard, make personal sacrifices, and persevere has resulted in the most medals won by a single country over the course of the modern Olympic Games. The attached photo is of several members of the 2002 Olympic Team entering opening ceremonies in Rice-Eccles Stadium carrying the flag which flew over the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  

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