The Olympics is one of the biggest competitions in sports, but ironically it is also an event that brings people together. These Olympians have been inspirational reminders that the human spirit is a beautiful thing. On this day dedicated to love, we salute these men and women with some fun Valentine cards. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Yahoo family!
Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines When we at Yahoo Sports heard that 22-year-old U.S. Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy planned to adopt a litter of Sochi stray puppies he found outside the media village, we had to write him a Valentine! U.S. Olympic moguls freeskier Heidi Kloser, 21, was training in Sochi before the Olympics Opening Ceremony when she crashed, tearing her ACL and breaking her femur. Kloser shyly and sadly asked officials if she was still considered an Olympian even though she wouldn’t be able to compete. Canadian freestyle moguls Alex Bilodeau made headlines for not only winning the gold medal in Sochi but for also being an awesome sibling, dedicating his Olympic win to Frederic, his older brother who has cerebral palsy. We had to write him a Valentine’s Day ditty! Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov was considered a favorite in the Olympic cross-country ski sprint before his ski broke in the middle of the race. That’s when Team Canada’s cross-country skiing coach, Justin Wadsworth, ran out onto the track to help Gafarov replace his ski so that he could finish the competition. “I wanted him to have dignity as he crossed the finish line,” Wadsworth told the Toronto Star. U.S. biathlete Tracy Barnes made the cut for the U.S. Olympic team. Her sister, Lanny, is also a biathlete and was competing for a spot, but, after falling ill, she missed three out of the four races during the time of the selection. Tracy then made a huge sacrifice, stepping down from her position on the U.S. Olympic team so that her sister, Lanny, who is five minutes older, could compete.