American skier Steven Nyman is skiing these Olympic Games with his mind in Provo, Utah.
His uncle, Virgil, underwent surgery there to remove a brain tumor and Nyman told the Associated Press he didn’t want his uncle to think he wasn’t thinking about him even while in Russia.
[Slideshow: Five Olympic stories you can't miss from Feb. 9]
So, Nyman used a black marker to scroll the letters “VIRG” on his left glove.
Nyman told the Associated Press he spoke to his uncle before competing downhill, a race he finished 27th.
"I just hope he'll be OK," Nyman told the AP. "I have three brothers and he's always been good to us. He loves us.
"When I called him, I said I was racing for him."
More Winter Olympics coverage on Yahoo Sports:
- - - - - - -
- Sports & Recreation
- Steven Nyman
- brain tumor